I started reading the series when the first book came out. This board did not exist at the time. I read GoT straight through, and then went back and read each POV's character one as if it were a book. When the second book came out, I started getting characters mixed up. I made index cards for each character, reading Clash the same way I read GoT. That grew as each book came out. I have two 18' 3x5 card index boxes filled with notes on characters. prophecies, and dreams, etc. I have cross-referenced them. Yes, I am old school. Then this Board came to my attention, and I added things. I might point out that there are short stories and a book out there that give you little hints as to the story line as well. I have purchased and watched two seasons of the HBO show. I had read LotR many, many times before the movies came out. I do not want anything from the HBO show to shade what I have read. I understand Martin has told the HBO folks how the book series will end. I don't want the television series giving me "hints" or telling me things that may or may not happen in the books. Like I said, I am old school. Have fun reading them.