June, 2014

Game of Thrones’ Most Unforgettable Moments

Right before Season 4 started, Rolling Stone ran a rather intriguing list about who the “top” characters are on Game of Thrones. They defined “top” as “memorable.” Now that Season 4 is over, things have changed. As a result, I don’t entirely agree with Rolling Stone and I suspect you won’t either. But, before we look at their list, it’s worthwhile — not to mention fun — looking at which scenes on the show are the most memorable. After all, in the last season…

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Betray or Obey? The Other Side of Theon Greyjoy and George Duke of Clarence

Olga Hughes, editor of Nerdalicious, takes another look at the Theon and Clarence. She finds the parallels between them complex and even finds Theon oddly sympathetic. George Duke of Clarence is a serviceable villain; after all, there are not many historical figures of well-known royal houses that betrayed their own brother. Yet research on George has previously not been easily accessible, and despite a new biography being published this year, it will be some time before George Plantagenet is reassessed on…

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A Near Feast for Crows? Game of Thrones fan rescues little girl

As George RR Martin noted on his blog, on May 2nd, near southwestern Siberia, a 47-year old man named Cairo Nurmagambetov found a missing two-year old girl by noticing a flock of crows circling over a field. Despite manning a search force of 400 police officers, 200 volunteers, and 15 dog handlers as well as using thermal imaging equipment, it wasn’t the man power or the technology that saved the day but rather a Game of Thrones fan. Two-year old…

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Suffer the Children? Episode 10, Season 4 Recap

Showrunners Weiss and Debioff have billed tonight’s season finale, “The Children” as the show’s finest hour. Does it live up to the hype? The twists – and deaths – keep coming there’s no doubt. Still, it is definitely the season’s act IV, a denouement and soft conclusion rather than an adrenaline filled time for the heroes. Despite all the characters who got axed, the show did not have the dark ending like Game of Thrones‘ ninth episodes — essentially an…

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Season 4 Finale Tonight: Does Tyrion live? [Preview]

It’s going to be hard for HBO to top last week’s “Watcher on the Wall” episode with tonight’s season finale. As Kit Harrington told Access Hollywood, last week’s Battle at Castle Black was “as big as Thrones has gone” and it was the “most expensive episode that they’ve ever made.” (As I said in the recap, it’s my personal favorite episode ever.) In terms of expense, the CGI to create the giants and the Wall itself helped that cost soar…

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All that Glitters is Not Gold: The Lannisters, Gold, and their Empty Mines

The Lannisters are broke, and the Iron Bank of Braavos will get its due one way or another. The Lannister wealth originally came from its gold mines, but the vein ran dry over three years ago. This article looks at some of the Lannister’s golden goods and their relationship to history. The Lannister Gold Mines Casterly Rock© HBO, via Wikia Map of Roman Britain showing the Dolaucothi mine in what is modern-day Wales. Image: Via Wikimedia Commons.   On the Westeros…

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The Wall – by Historian John Henry Clay

This week we are delighted and honored to have an 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. When it comes to real-world inspirations behind Game of Thrones, they don’t come much more obvious than Hadrian’s Wall. The Romans called it uallum Aelii, ‘the frontier of Aelius’, using Emperor Hadrian’s family name. In interviews…

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Love is the Death of Duty: Episode 9, Season 4 “The Watchers on the Wall”

The Battle of Castle Black is bigger, better, and more exciting than Season 1’s Battle of the Blackwater, which Neil Marshall also directed. If I had to rate “The Watcher’s on the Wall,” I would fly in the face of some critics and give it a ten. The emotional heart of the episode parallels that of many real wars: love. ~~Warning: This post contains the odd violent animated giff.~~ When you read about the wars of the fourteenth and fifteenth…

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Quick Character Cheat Sheet for Ep. 9 “The Watcher on the Wall”

Tonight’s episode is fantastic. However, it is a little complicated in some ways so the recap will take a little longer than usual. In the meantime, here is a cheat sheet to help follow through the flurry of secondary characters. I hope you love the episode as much as I did! Maester Aemon. Once upon a time, the old blind man was Aemon Targaryen. He would have been king if he hadn’t said the words and become a member of…

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GoT Art? Part 1

As an adaptation, Game of Thrones has significant, often overlooked artistic merit that is distinct from the novels, including what may be allusions to works of art. Former Game of Thrones production designer Gemma Jackson mentioned in this video that they “search for images from all around the world”; presumably they are constantly looking at paintings, sculpture, friezes, and other art for ideas. As as result, I thought it might be fun to look at some places in Game of…

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