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April 3, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

The swashbuckling, death-filled, sex-obsessed TV show Game of Thrones is returning on April 16, and the new season is just as dramatic as the last. But wasn’t that plot too complicated to remember? Enter Game of Phones.

This convenient video recaps all of season three in just over one minute and thirty seconds using the universal language of our time: emoji. What’s so impressive about this feat of TV-recapping art is that the emoji needed to tell the story aren’t even very complex.

Each of the show’s dynastic families are represented by their patron animal, and as the various family members kick the bucket, their faces are replaced by emoji skulls. There are a lot of skulls—this is Game of Thrones, after all.

Of particular note is the pitch-perfect interpretation of Melisandre and retelling of the Red Wedding. Emoji spoiler warning.

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