Brunhild: The Original Queen Cersei

We are delighted and honored to have this article by historian and novelist John Henry Clay. Dr. Clay is a lecturer in medieval history at Durham University and the author of The Lion and the Lamb, an epic novel of Roman Britain. If Cersei is ever brought to trial, chances are that her list of crimes will be topped by the murder of her husband, King Robert Baratheon. No doubt she’ll plead her innocence. After all, she didn’t exactly murder Robert. She…

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Ygritte & Boudicca: The Red Haired Warriors Beyond the Wall

This guest article is by the Brittany Garcia, who specializes in classical studies. Please give Brittany a warm welcome and check out her blog at A Classics and Ancient History Blog. While many characters within George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones resemble historical figures, fans often argue and dissect the parallels, differences, and even  the ambiguities between the two. In a previous article I wrote, I argued that Boudicca, the Celtic warrior queen, highly resembled the Targaryen warrior queen, Daenerys. However, the similarities between…

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Game of Thrones’ Emmy Winning Costume Design for 2014

The camera often doesn’t do justice to the detailing in Game of Thrones’ costumes. These exquisite works of art reveal character and mood — and even reflect the character arc. Game of Thrones Costume Designer Michele Clapton and her team’s Emmy for costume design for “The Lion and the Rose” (the Purple Wedding) is well deserved. As the (head) Costume Designer for Game of Thrones, Michele Clapton overseas the creation of over 120 costumes per season from her office in Belfast,…

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Did Game of Thrones Deserve More Emmys?

Was Game of Thrones was robbed at Monday night’s 2014 Emmys — the American award show honoring television excellence? Despite being nominated for 19 Emmy awards, Game of Thrones scored no telecast awards for its writing, acting, or directing and only received four or five awards in the creative arts category: Art direction for a contemporary or fantasy series for the episodes “The Laws of Gods and Men” and “The Mountain and the Viper” Costumes for a series “The Lion and The…

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Ned’s Honor: Was Ned Stark the Villain?

I’d wager that most people reading this article think of Ned Stark as one of Game of Thrones‘ heroes. Ned has integrity and principles – he won’t stand for a wrongful claimant on the throne, especially not the product of his best friend’s two-timing wife’s incest. Ned has a code. He refuses to be an accessory to  killing Cersei’s children or the innocent Targaryen princess across the sea. This articles argues that the very reason George RR Martin created Ned is to make us…

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The Mystery of Hodor’s Brain

This guest post about Hodor is by the French blogger Didymus. Please give Didymus a warm welcome and check out his blog at Les Histoires de Didymus.   Do you know Hodor? Of course, you know him. Everybody knows Hodor. You even know all of his replies: he always repeats the same mysterious word, “Hodor.” Did you know that Hodor is not even his first name? According to Old Nan, his first name is Walder. Where does the word Hodor come…

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