Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

A few things you need to know about the battle for the Iron Throne. As a new fan of Game of Thrones, here are a few things you need to know about the battle for the Iron Throne.

Brace yourselves, the Game of Thrones marathon on M-Net Edge is getting closer. As any Thronie knows, being a fan of GoT isn't just about watching the show. It's also about getting dipped into its culture and the characters therein. Don’t worry, it won’t be anything as drastic as dying your hair platinum blonde to match the mother of dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen, although this has been done before. It’s really just about getting to know a few things that will heighten your anticipation to watch the show. I'll try to keep off spoilers, I promise.

Don't miss Game of Thrones S1 as it debuts on Monday 18 May from 23:00 on M-Net Edge. You can also record the show on your Explora or watch the episodes on Catch Up on Explora, 48 hours after their airing dates.

1. Westeros and the seven kingdoms

GoT is set in Westeros with its capital being King's Landing, where the Iron Throne sits. The seven kingdoms make up the realm and are ruled by the most powerful royal houses in Westeros - but the ultimate power belongs to the house that sits on the Iron Throne.

2. It’s a book adaptation

Hollywood has thrived on book adaptations, and Game of Thrones is no different. The HBO hit is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, although the creators have sometimes steered off the original plot to achieve more impact in some scenes.

3. It is violent and graphic

It is a battle after all. Men are bound to get greedy and spill blood just to sit on the Iron Throne.

4. Prepare yourself for headstrong women

Westeros is a sexist society but don't expect to see women just sitting back and letting the men win. Expect to see women taking up swords and leading armies to battle.

5. Winter is coming

This is one of the most common phrases to ever come out of Game of Thrones. It is a House Stark motto, the only one that isn't a boast or a threat but a warning.

6. But what are house mottos?

Every noble house in Westeros has a house motto that defines who they are - a warning, threat or boast to their enemies. For instance, 'Hear me Roar' belongs to House Lannister, although their unofficial motto is ‘A Lannister always pays his debts’. House Baratheon’s motto is 'Ours is the Fury' while House Targaryen is ‘Fire and Blood’. In the course of your journey into the untamed lands of Westeros, you will understand why these house mottos are so important.

7. GoT has contributed two new languages into the world

Just like Star Trek brought us the constructed fictional language of Klingon, GoT has brought us Dothraki and Valyrian, two languages created specifically for the show, complete with grammar and phonology.

8. GoT and pop culture

As a new Thronie, it is important to understand the cultural impact of GoT. In 2012, 146 babies were named after Khaleesi, the name given to Daenerys Targaryen.

The fashion industry is reaping big from the show as GoT fashion is taking fashion runways by storm every fashion season - from wedding gowns to fur to robes.

Also, GoT has gained so much clout that it turned little known actors like Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) into household names.

The power play in GoT is attractive to powerful world leaders as well. US President Barrack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are both fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, from which Game of Thrones was adapted. In 2014, the Queen of England visited the  Game of Thrones set in Belfast and met members of the warring royal families of Westeros.