The last season of Game of Thrones will have lots of surprises, but one thing we know will happen is that Aegon Targaryen — aka Jon Snow — will find out who he really is. How he deals with that revelation is up for debate, but there’s a scene in the last episode of Season 7 that seems to set up what might happen. Before Jon leaves Dragonstone and heads back to Winterfell, he has an emotional conversation with Theon Greyjoy in the Dragonstone throne room. Theon commends Jon on his honesty in King’s Landing before revealing that he always thought he needed to chooseRead More →

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Deaths are a hallmark of Game of Thrones. Ever since Ned Stark lost his head, it’s been clear that no one is ever safe. Scores of characters have died in a myriad of ways. For me, the best deaths aren’t the most gruesome or even the most surprising, although both of those characteristics factor into my list. I believe the best ones are the ones with the most impact. The way the characters around them react is as much a part of the death as the death itself. Often times this results in some really great snippets of dialogue. 5.  Walder Frey (Season 6, EpisodeRead More →

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The best way to describe Game of Thrones’ Lord Petyr Baelish isn’t actually his in-show nickname — a better term would be social climber. In a show where characters must make alliances in order to survive, Littlefinger is the master. He makes and breaks alliances quicker than it takes Drogon to incinerate an entire army. Well, maybe not that quick, but it’s pretty close. Loyal to No One He may be the only character in the show who is loyal only to himself. Even Cersei, with all of her faults, is loyal to her family. This strategy keeps him one step ahead of everyone elseRead More →

There are a few different religions that occupy the world in Game of Thrones. But unless we’re in for a major plot twist, the worship of R’hllor (also known as the Lord of Light), seems to be the most significant — it even has its own theme music. Most of the details about this religion come from the Song of Ice and Fire books. In case you haven’t read them, here’s a quick background on it as it relates specifically to the television show. Who Worships the Lord of Light? The Lord of Light is the most commonly worshipped god in Essos, the continent whereRead More →

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“The night is dark and full of terrors.” Though far from the most common, that sentence is uttered a number of times in Game of Thrones, most of which are stated by Melisandre. She has gone through a pretty big transformation in the past two seasons, which makes her one of the most interesting minor characters. Her History Unlike many characters in Game of Thrones, we know little about Melisandre’s history. The tidbits we’re given include that she was once a slave and is from a city called Asshai. Asshai is a city in Essos, the same continent as Mereen and the Vaes Dothrak. ThoughRead More →

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One of the best things about Game of Thrones is the epic battles that take place in nearly every season. After recently watching the entire series from start to finish, they’re all fresh in my mind. Here’s how the battles rank in my opinion. 7. The Battle of Blackwater Bay Season 2, Episode 9 This seige is the show’s first attempt at a large scale battle. The coolest thing about this battle is that it shows us what wildfire can really do. There’s a good amount of suspense as we, the viewers, know Tyrion has something up his sleeve, but we don’t know what itRead More →

Throughout the entirety of Game of Thrones, Lyanna Stark is mentioned. Usually this happens in the Winterfell crypts when characters are looking at the statue that rests by her grave. The Stark children know little about her except for the fact that their father had a sister. What Everyone Knew Was Wrong “Father never talked about her,” is said more than once in reference to Lyanna. It’s never revealed how they’ve all learned it, but they’ve heard a story that Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped and raped her, leading to the start of Robert’s Rebellion and, ultimately, her death. In the Season 6 finale, Bran uses hisRead More →

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This post contains spoilers for all seven seasons of Game of Thrones. In terms or war, defeats are often described as “bitter.” But in Robert’s Baratheon’s case, you could say he won a bitter victory. With his massive war hammer, he battled his way from the Vale to King’s Landing, unseating the Mad King from his throne and all but snuffing out the entire Targaryen family by killing Prince Rhaegar. His rebellion was successful. He won. But he lost the entire reason he went to war in the first place: Lyanna Stark. This turns him into a character that inspires pity despite his bold, jovialRead More →

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This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is dominating the pop culture conversation this holiday season. Love them or hate them, the new batch of Star Wars films has an interesting villain in the character of Kylo Ren. After seeing the latest film for the first time, I commented to my husband how much he reminded me of Viserys Targaryen, the last surviving son of the Targaryen dynasty in Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones, at its heart, is all about family. Carrying the last name of oneRead More →

Even if waiting for the next book makes you want to strangle him, you have to hand it to George R.R. Martin. He created a world that’s earned a place in pop culture few can rival. Game of Thrones was popular as a series of novels, but it’s become unbelievably popular as a television series. Each episode pulls in millions of viewers and upcoming story details are closely guarded. It’s a fascinating world that can be confusing for newcomers or even current viewers. Vague snippets of dialogue hint at the events leading up to the start of the series. These may seem unimportant on theirRead More →