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I’m really grateful that one of my first speakers was badass Jason Momoa

"I had been creating languages for 10 years. But everybody else applying was equally skilled. So I figured the edge that I had was pretty much an endless amount of time—I was unemployed. I just decided: Well, let's just try to create the whole thing. In those rounds of judging, I created about 90 percent of the grammar—which is ridiculous for two months. Then I created 1,700 words of vocabulary—which is equally ridiculous for two months. Overall, I produced about 300 total pages of material. I figure that was probably what put it over the top."
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 10, 2014 - 23 comments

Frozen Is The New Black

Frozen Is The New Black [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 9, 2014 - 4 comments

For the night is dark and full of t̶e̶r̶r̶o̶r̶s̶ VFX

A making-of look at the visual effects in Season 4 of Game of Thrones (SLVimeo)
posted by cozenedindigo on Jul 9, 2014 - 28 comments

"a critical mass of people suddenly noticed just how rapey this show is"

To put it simply, this is why we can't have nice things. If the only thing that gets a serious segment of fandom up in arms about Game of Thrones's use of rape and violence against women is the fear of having tarnished the gleam of a favorite male woobie, then the showrunners have absolutely no reason to change their behavior. If they know that favorite characters can get away, literally, with murder so long as the person they murder is a woman who hurt them and slept with other men, they will simply keep showing us that. I'm not saying that I have the solution here, and god knows that simply by continuing to watch the show I'm part of the problem. But it is enormously frustrating to watch a critical conversation build around this show and its handling of violence against women, only to devour itself when it becomes clear that the real problem is a man.
Abigail Nussbaum takes a long hard look at Game of Thrones, its fandom and the way both handle rape.
posted by MartinWisse on Jun 27, 2014 - 233 comments

A Song of Ice and Pugs

The Pugs of Westeros: Scenes from HBO's series Game of Thrones recreated with pugs. Don't miss the making-of video.
posted by 2bucksplus on Jun 25, 2014 - 31 comments

Game of Zones: Championship Is Coming

Ever felt as though the ups and downs of the NBA playoffs and the chase for a ring is like an epic tale? Game of Thrones, NBA edition, part 1. [YouTube, 2:03] & Game of Thrones, NBA edition, part 2. [YouTube, 2:11]
posted by cashman on Jun 13, 2014 - 10 comments

Game of Thrones: The dragons and nuclear weapons nexus

The dragons in Game of Thrones as a metaphor for nuclear weapons is discussed in a recent edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. (Spoiler alert)
posted by Rob Rockets on Jun 3, 2014 - 44 comments

Peter Dinklage

Because Peter Dinklage.
posted by chainsofreedom on May 18, 2014 - 52 comments

Pretty big, actually.

Just how big are the Game of Thrones dragons, anyway? [Contains minor book spoilers for the Unsullied]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on May 2, 2014 - 78 comments

Secret Merlings! Secret Merlings everywhere!

Who is Jon Snow's mother? What's up with the crazy seasons in Westeros? Why have the White Walkers returned after all this time? These questions and more have been the subject of much speculation and debate among fans of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire / Dunk and Egg universe for more than a decade. Fans have published their theories in forums, on fansites, and even as the occasional academic journal article. (Spoiler warning: All sources -- show, books, cut scenes, DVD special features, pre-released chapters, interviews, visions you got from a tree, etc. -- are fair game in this thread!) [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Apr 28, 2014 - 500 comments

AGOT since the year dot

A Geologic Map for Game of Thrones BASED ON CHARACTER OBSERVATIONS, OFFICIAL MAPS, AND EARTH PRINCIPLES OF THE GEOLOGIC SCIENCE [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Apr 9, 2014 - 13 comments

Maybe I Don't Want To Be A Princess After All

Game of Thrones: Being A Princess Is A Rough Gig "...The privileges held by princesses came at an enormous price. They were used and valued as diplomatic chess pieces, often sent at a very young age to far away places, often to places where they didn't speak the language to live among people who might not care for them or may even be openly hostile.... Game of Thrones does an extraordinary job of showing what being caught in that particular trap must have looked like and felt like. Some flail, some are lucky, some are doomed, some do their best to turn it to their advantage, some become monsters. In this post, I'm going to take a look at the various Game of Thrones princesses in the context of some possible real life counterparts"
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on Apr 7, 2014 - 200 comments

But who plays the wacky neighbor?

Game of Thrones as a 70s sitcom. (SLYT)
posted by wensink on Apr 6, 2014 - 182 comments

“I don’t want to sound too glib about this. This is a serious concern.”

Vanity Fair interviews George R.R. Martin about his plan for staying ahead of HBO.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 19, 2014 - 337 comments

in the 7 kingdoms ain't nobody righteous

Catch the Throne (soundcloud) is a Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, and others. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Mar 7, 2014 - 29 comments

The Winter [Olympics] is Coming

Tywin Lannister Narrates an Epic Winter Olympics Promo
posted by meowzilla on Jan 14, 2014 - 48 comments

Winter is... you know the rest

Game of Thrones inspired snowflake patterns for when you want to get your pop-culture fantasy geek on, but in a subtle way this holiday season.
posted by mathowie on Dec 17, 2013 - 16 comments

Westeros and beyond

Jonathan Roberts is a fantasy mapmaker, who produced the maps for the official Game of Thrones atlas. He talks about mapmaking to Wired here. He also has a website with lots of nifty maps, as well as tips on making your own.
posted by Chrysostom on Dec 3, 2013 - 22 comments

Mr. Men & Little Miss Game Of Thrones

The universe of Game Of Thrones remixed with Mr.Men and Little Miss! One new character to discover each day.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 8, 2013 - 11 comments

MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD

The Bad Lip Reading guys visit Westeros (SLYT) (previously)
posted by DigDoug on Oct 16, 2013 - 57 comments

Hab SoSlI' Quch! (Your mother has a smooth forehead!)

Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na'vi real languages?

Dictionaries: Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki [pdf] and Na'vi
Phrases: Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na'vi
posted by desjardins on Sep 27, 2013 - 41 comments

The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors

A Tale of Benjen Stark is a short Game of Thrones fan-fiction film by VonWong, Five Knights Productions and friends. It tells "the beginning of the adventure of Benjen Stark following his return to the wall shortly after his visit to Winterfell. On a scouting mission Benjen Stark stumbles upon the bloody aftermath of an attack on a wildling camp. A pair of survivors are discovered as Ben attempts to unravel the mystery behind the carnage." [Via]
posted by homunculus on Sep 22, 2013 - 29 comments

when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die in infancy

Crusader Kings II is a computer game in which you play as any one of hundreds of feudal lords in Europe in the High to Late Middle Ages. Hoping for your family to become just that little bit more powerful, you scheme against your liege, your vassals, and occasionally even your enemies. Meanwhile, at least half of the game's cast of thousands schemes against you. The game's potential for Shakespearean intrigue has made it ripe for post-game write-ups called after-action reports. With the recent release of The Old Gods, an expansion allowing for play as a pagan ruler, PC Gamer published its own series of after-action reports: Lords of the North. The game's thematic similarities to A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones have not gone unnoticed, either. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 31, 2013 - 244 comments

A Game of Brands

Game of Brands: The Game of Thrones Houses as Modern Corporations (Article contains spoilers if you're not up on the end of the current season of the series.) Ads, logos, the whole thing, for such companies as Air Targaeryen, the Lannister Investment Group... [more inside]
posted by mephron on Jul 29, 2013 - 35 comments

The Rains of Castamere

A while back folk duo Paul and Storm created a song 'Write Like The Wind' urging G R R Martin to finish A Song Of Ice & Fire aka Game Of Thrones as soon as possible. During a recent live performance of said song the duo experienced an interruption. MLYT (previous)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 19, 2013 - 106 comments

"Not another word!"

Tywin Lannister's Dinner Party, an extremely awkward recut of an episode in Game of Thones, third season (no spoilers).
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 17, 2013 - 31 comments

Shady Grove and Foggy Bottom sound like Westerosi names anyway...

You know how you had heard there was a cool video out there showing the growth and construction on Capitol Hill rendered in 3D animation and you were all, eh, I'll watch it once somebody puts it on the same page as the Game of Thrones theme so that I can get the full experience? Well now you have no more excuse.
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 17, 2013 - 16 comments

"Showed my dad pictures of GoT characters and asked him their names."

Game of Thrones character names according to some Imgur user's dad.
posted by delmoi on Jun 30, 2013 - 106 comments

Beyond ‘Game of Thrones’

The LA Times Hero Complex looks at diversity in SF and Fantasy fiction.
posted by Artw on Jun 9, 2013 - 45 comments

Todd Vanderwerff was trolling us with the B grade because B is for Bluth

Embrace the mystery: Is repeat viewing the best way to approach complex TV?
posted by mysticreferee on Jun 6, 2013 - 31 comments

Traumatized by tonight's episode of Game of Thrones?

It gets better. (Spoilers through S03E09, plus vague references to events in later books.) [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Jun 2, 2013 - 605 comments

You could go to jail for a year for sharing HBO Go passwords

Jail for sharing HBO Go passwords New York Times tech journalist Jenna Wortham made a confession that could be used to send her to prison for a year or more. What was the startling criminal admission? She uses someone else’s password to sign into the cable-subscriber-only HBO Go app to watch ‘Game of Thrones.’
posted by sona on Jun 2, 2013 - 88 comments

The Rain in Westeros Falls Mainly in the Riverlands

What Is Going on With the Accents in Game of Thrones? 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. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on May 7, 2013 - 267 comments

'The ECB with hereditary leadership and the right to employ an army'

"All this gives us one way to understand the Lannister zeal for power in King's Landing. In effect, Tywin is attempting to execute a debt-for-equity swap since his debts aren't actually recoverable. But that simply underscores the extent to which the loans to the Iron Throne are, themselves, worthless as financial assets." Economics of Ice & Fire, Part I and Part II (minor dialogue spoilers for S03E03) [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing on Apr 19, 2013 - 16 comments

Where have all the Wildlings gone?

Game of Thrones: A graphic representation of the Game of Thrones. If you're not sure about the major houses of Westeros, the history, timeline, alliances, religions and incestuous relationships this will help and/or further confuse you.
posted by HuronBob on Apr 13, 2013 - 51 comments

Many a Maester have tried to play the Game of Weather Patterns

"...here we attempt to explain the apparently erratic seasonal changes in the world of [Georege R.R. Martin]. A natural explanation for such phenomena is the unique behavior of a circumbinary planet."
posted by Midnight Rambler on Apr 5, 2013 - 38 comments

"I read the fucking books!"

Season three of HBO's acclaimed Game of Thrones series is about to begin, and these nerd-bros aren't happy about it (YT). [more inside]
posted by bardic on Mar 27, 2013 - 169 comments

Prom night is coming.

Prom night is coming at Westeros Valley High, the School of Thrones. (SLYT. Possible spoilers if you aren't current through season 2 of Games of Thrones)
posted by fuse theorem on Mar 11, 2013 - 66 comments

Humor is coming

Arya, Sansa and Bran Stark rap and beatbox to the opening credits of Game of Thrones.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 20, 2013 - 19 comments

Hello Stark

Game of Thrones as a couple Seinfeld episodes (youtube links):episode 1and episode 2.
posted by Mojojojo on Jan 8, 2013 - 10 comments

The Mico / Тхе Мичо

Mihajlo Dimitrovski (The Mico / Тхе Мичо on deviantArt, Facebook, Blogspot) is an artist most famous for his fanart, and he's got some great A Song Of Ice And Fire illustrations (and others!). [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 15, 2012 - 5 comments

Dinner is Coming.

Game of Thrones Food Trucks. (SLYT)
posted by curious nu on Nov 14, 2012 - 31 comments

Dah Dah da da da Dah da da Dah Dah

Game of Thrones theme on a kazoo (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 29, 2012 - 23 comments

To quote the words of House Lemon, "I want to go to there".

30 Thrones makes use of a simple idea: combining images from Game of Thrones and dialog from 30 Rock, to create something unexpectedly good.
posted by quin on Oct 24, 2012 - 26 comments

"I looked for you on the Trident."

The Tower Of Joy, an adaptation by comic book and storyboard artist Jeff McComsey of one scene from A Game of Thrones.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 8, 2012 - 49 comments

The Westeros Football League

Winter is coming. Are you ready for some football? In Westeros, they put the "fantasy" in fantasy football. [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem on Aug 28, 2012 - 53 comments

In the Game of Thrones You Meow or You Cry

Fan versions of the Game Of Thrones theme are not unknown to YouTube, but here is a cat singing the Game of Thrones opening theme thanks to modern wizardry. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Aug 20, 2012 - 43 comments

A Game of Blocks

WesterosCraft is an attempt to recreate the main continent from George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire in Minecraft. Completed builds include Winterfell, Castle Black and the Wall, Harrenhal, among others. [more inside]
posted by m@f on Jul 18, 2012 - 17 comments

Something Clever About Star Warsteros or Something

Ned Stark - Jaime Lannister Lightsaber Duel
posted by J0 on Jul 9, 2012 - 24 comments

How can something so rapey be so good?

“Racist rape-culture Disneyland with Dragons” -- Laurie Penny on the popularity of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire and the critically acclaimed HBO dramatization Game of Thrones. (Hint: Despite the obvious gender-racial-class problems, Miss Penny really likes the show.) [more inside]
posted by bardic on Jun 27, 2012 - 321 comments

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