This spring, winter is coming. The highly-anticipated return of HBO's Game of Thrones is set for April 12th, and we couldn't be more excited to get back to Westeros. Last season's action-packed finale left viewers with so many burning questions: What's going to happen to Bran now that he's reached the weirwood tree? Will new-and-improved "bad girl Sansa" actually hook up with Littlefinger (aka the guy who used to be in love with her mom)? Most importantly, will Tyrion be OK?
Whether you're Team Baratheon, Team Targaryen, or even Team Bolton (is anyone though, really?), these 10 essentials will get you fully prepared to jump back into the drama and chaos.
Yes, there is a such thing as Game of Thrones-themed beer. The "Three-Eyed Raven" is actually the fifth installment of a series crafted by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. The brewery describes this one as "neither a pure saison nor your typical dark beer, but instead a delectable blend that both deceives and thrills the senses." Grab your own before it sells out-retailers near you can be found on their website.
Need equally appropriate vessels for your Game of Thrones beers? These high-quality pint glasses from ThinkGeek will let you enjoy brews in style; you can get a pair of glasses with symbols for either Stark and Baratheon or Lannister and Targaryen. Choose wisely-or, better yet, order all four!
We know allegiances can be a little tricky when you're vying for the Iron Throne, but these awesome banners found on Etsy make us want to fiercely and proudly declare our loyalty anyway. The nifty decorations are custom-made with the sigils of any of the Great Houses, so take your pick!
Lemon cake is decadent, delicious, and Sansa Stark's favorite food-so what could be a better treat for a premiere party? Make this themed recipe from Living Better Together.
"It's the family name that lives on. That's all that lives on. Not your personal glory, not your honor, but family." Bake your favorite cookies and keep them appropriately festive with these Game of Thrones family sigil cookie cutter stencils from Etsy.
Spoilers ahead for those who haven't seen Season 1: we steadfastly maintain that the death of Sansa'a direwolf Lady was easily one of the most upsetting deaths on the show. To commemorate her and celebrate the remaining members of her pack, cook up a batch of this delicious puppy chow from A Song of Spice and Fire.
For those who aren't beer lovers, never fear! A fan-made project, Wines of Westeros features 12 different wines that are each tied to a different house from the show. Pop open a bottle of Tyrell Chardonnay or Dothraki Merlot for a lively good time, but consider letting someone else have the first sip-just in case.
Sure, "all men must die," but that doesn't mean you should let unwanted rings on your table lead to your own demise or-worse-make you as unpopular as Joffrey. Protect your house's prized heirlooms with these official wax seal coasters from HBO.
C&C Cakery created this incredible recipe that's inspired by Daenerys and her three little (well, not so little anymore) pets. Rather than being born in fire and ashes, Mrs. C describes these cookies as being "born in chocolate and nuts and Oreo pieces." That's a transformation we can get behind.
If a formal dinner is part of your feasting plans, make it a meal fit for King's Landing. A Feast of Ice and Fire from Chelsea Monroe-Cassel attempts to authentically recreate the types of food you would really find in the world of Game of Thrones.
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