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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Finale: The Only Map You Need To Figure Out What Just Happened

In case you were confused, which is more than a little bit understandable.

Even the most steadfast “Game of Thrones” viewer occasionally has trouble understanding what the hell is going on in the crazy, sprawling world of their favorite show. By the end of the season four finale (SPOILER ALERT), Arya was on a boat headed to that place where we’re pretty sure the bank is, Stannis was making small talk with Jon Snow up north, and the Bolton family was headed… where? To do what, again?

It’s a lot to digest, which is why we (and CopyPress lead designer/media manager Kelly Quigley) made it slightly easier for you by drawing out this map of the characters’ journeys this season. (Well, the characters who made journeys, anyway. Characters like Cersei, who just sat there and ruined things for everybody, do not count.)


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Sansa Stark: Sansa began the season at her own personal hell, King’s Landing, then ended up at The Eyrie (her aunt’s house) with Littlefinger. Their next destination, if any, is unknown.

Bran Stark: Branflakes started up north, and only got north-er. He made a brief pit stop at Craster’s Keep, and now he’s holed up in that magic tree with Meera Reed and Hodor.

Yara Greyjoy: Yara left her home, Pyke, to sail around the continent and rescue Theon from the Bolton family stronghold at the Dreadfort. She was unsuccessful, and her current whereabouts are unknown.

Daenerys Targaryen: Dany finished her walk from Yunkai to Meereen early in the season, and she’s been camped up there ever since.

Oberyn Martell: The Red Viper traveled from his beautiful home in Sunspear to the cesspool that is King’s Landing, only to die there, horribly. RIP, Obie — you were far too precious for this world.

Tyrion Lannister: In a surprising move, Tyrion was smuggled out of King’s Landing on a boat during the finale. His destination is unknown.

Jon Snow: Jon just traveled from Castle Black to the northern wilderness and back a bunch of times this season. Which makes sense, since that is his job.

Ygritte: Jon’s girlfriend, meanwhile, went from slightly below The Wall to The Wall — and never returned.

Brienne (And Pod): These two crazy kids left King’s Landing in search of Sansa Stark, until a chance run-in with Hot Pie at the Inn at the Crossroads changed their course to The Eyrie. It was in this general area that they encountered (then quickly lost) lady Arya, and her Hound. Their next steps are unknown, but definitely count on some adorable bickering as they figure it all out.

Ramsay Bolton (And Reek): Reek — or the artist formerly known as Theon Greyjoy — set off with Ramsay Snow (now called Ramsay Bolton, since his father has officially accepted him) to Moat Cailin in order to deceive and murder his own people. It worked, and now the Bolton gang is inches away from Theon’s former home of Winterfell.

Arya Stark (And The Hound): Arya and The Hound started off at The Twins after the most miserable wedding in human existence. They eventually made their way to their final destination, The Eyrie, only it wasn’t very final given that their contact there was dead by the time they arrived. Soon after leaving, Arya got her big break when The Hound was defeated by Brienne in battle. When we last saw her, she was sailing from the town of Saltpans to the eastern city of Braavos. When we last saw him, he was probably dead.

Stannis Baratheon (And Davos Seaworth)
: At the end of season three, Melisandre told Stannis that the real action was happening not in King’s Landing, but up at The Wall. Stannis took her word for it, and reached his destination at the end of season four, after a pit stop in Braavos for some much-needed financial assistance.

A real go-getter.
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