Melissa Maerz
March 02, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Why it’s bingeworthy
HBO’s excellent adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novel is an addictive, kingdom-defending, head-severing, incest-taboo-flouting drama. It’s also pretty complex, so plowing through all 10 episodes at once might help you remember the difference between Winterfell and Riverrun and whose wench belongs to whom.

How to watch
HBO subscribers have access through On Demand and HBO Go. And as of March 6, nonsubscribers will be able to watch on iTunes or pick up the DVDs ($59.99). DVD extras include a guide to Dothraki, so you can learn to call your girlfriend ”Moon of My Life” in the language of the horse people — except after 10 hours of GOT glory, you might not have a girlfriend.

Should you spring for the Blu-ray ($79.98)?
It’s worth it if you find tangled epics daunting: The interactive episodes offer clickable character bios and animated clips of the kingdoms’ histories that help avoid confusion.

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