While this post is spoiler free the links ahead contain show spoilers aplenty.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m the most excited about returning to the world of Westeros this Sunday night. The thought alone initiates the sound of the all too familiar theme song (performed by Break of Reality in the video above) in my head and I honestly couldn’t be more excited to see what lays ahead.

Game of Thrones went down as my favorite discovery of 2013 (and this Night’s Watch T-shirt remains one of my favorite discoveries of 2014) and while TGIF let’s not wish away the weekend- I wish it was Sunday night right this second if only for the chance to briefly catch up with the Starks and the Lannisters and the dragons before being ripped away from a world I’ve come to love for yet another week.

As someone who only caught up with the series last year and therefore had the option of binge watching the first two seasons–the wait between seasons was painful but manageable.  That said, I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the 15 minute trailer released to the interwebs because 15 minutes seems like hardly enough time for a satisfying reunion.

Time is a continuously tricky thing for fans of Game of Thrones. As the HBO series forges forward, fans of the books remain on the edge of their seats for the final installments of a story that began in 1991. The last book came out in July of 2011 around the time that the HBO series set off. With HBO hoping for 9 seasons of the series, fans are already worried that author George R R Martin might not finish the nex book before the show catches up.

In an interview with Mashable, courtesy of Screenrant, Martin acknowledged the pressure:

So I need to write faster. The last two books took a really long time, so I’m hoping this one [the Winds of Winter] will go a little faster. But I make no promises. I found out long ago that when you look at the overall task, the cathedral you have to build, it looks so daunting that you just give up and sit down and play a video game.

In fact, Flavorwire has a post joking about all the things Martin is doing instead of completing the books. And yet all the hand-wringing in the world doesn’t change the fact that come Sunday, we get a chance to return to Westeros.

For those caught up with the show check out the links below in preparation for Sunday night!

A map of Westeros detailing where we can find the characters at the start of the season.

family-by-family breakdown of how each one is currently faring.

Real direwolves, wild fires and more on the science behind GoT here.

Some thoughts on what the show can teach you about markets and money here.

Here you’ll find a Q&A with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

Come across any interesting Game of Thrones links recently? Note what we can expect (book vs show) and feel free to post them in the comments!