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May 7, 2013 11:14 AM Subscribe
What Is Going on With the Accents in Game of Thrones?
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Gawker beanplates the accents used on-screen by the actors in Game of Thrones.
Like most fantasy television shows, Game of Thrones is largely populated by English actors speaking with English accents. This is because Americans are still unconvinced that England is a real country, and associate English speech patterns with kings and magic and sorcery and frequent stabbings.But Game of Thrones takes its accents a step further: Its characters in speak in several different English accents, and often those accents correspond to to the real-world geography of Britain. Eddard Stark, the Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, is played by Sheffield's own Sean Bean, sporting his native northern English accent. Tywin Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West, is played with a posh southern accent by the great Charles Dance. And so on.
Generally speaking this is very cool (to nerdy Anglophile prisses, I mean. Not to me. I only like sports). It's a useful way for a dense, complicated series to quietly signal backgrounds, affiliations and alliances; it draws on pre-existing associations to quickly develop and define character; and it provides people on the internet with a new axis along which nitpicking can take place.
British dialect links:
International Students Guide to British Accents
Dialect of the British Isles
British Library interactive map: Sounds Familiar?
Regarding Davos' accent: What is a Geordie [warning: about.com]
Gawker is confused about Wales and the Vale, but beside the clue in the name, they miss that Westeros is a mirror image of Britain
, as pointed out here.
, on British dialect.