By now we’re sure most of you are absolutely hooked on HBO’s Game of Thrones. What started out as a risky adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s niche fantasy novel series has become a worldwide phenomenon and one of the most impressive feats of creativity in television history. But the show is about more than shocking plot twists, violence, and an abundance of nudity. At its very core, Game of Thrones is a show about a group of people looking to declare themselves the ruler of Westeros and the lengths they will go to do so.

Of course how they try to reach this goal almost always deals with deception and murder, but there are life lessons to be pulled from every character's journey. So as we shake ourselves back to reality after the horrors of last week’s penultimate episode, and plan for tonight’s season finale, we’re taking a look back at all of the lessons we have learned from the show over the past three seasons with our guide on How to Succeed in Life, According to Game of Thrones.

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