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'Game of Thrones': Florence + the Machine turned down 'Rains of Castamere' -- who's on your Westeros playlist?

I don’t want to bring it up. I really don’t, but I’ll get it out of the way very quickly, as if I’m ripping off a band-aid, getting my eyebrows waxed, or having my heart ripped out in one swift motion: The Red Wedding. There, I said it! Don’t worry, I’m not going to spill anything of major importance here. But can we at least talk about “The Rains of Castamere”? Man, is that a song. I’m talking an eerily foreboding, spine-tingling, tear- and fear-inducing piece of music.

Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi (try to argue with me that the GoT theme song is not as iconic as Harry Potter‘s) came up with the melody for “Rains of Castamere.” Hit indie band The National, however, was asked to utilize said melody and create the actual song that we mostly hear now (besides when characters are simply whistling it): “It was us saying internally, ‘Hey, it would be cool if we took this theme and had a band do it.’ We asked them, ‘This is what we’re thinking — would you guys be into it?’” Djawadi told New York magazine.

They obviously agreed and everyone is pretty much fond of the result. Need a refresher? Take a listen:

'Game of Thrones': Here's what the Iron Throne should look like


Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin recently posted on his blog that the HBO hit’s version of his stabby Iron Throne isn’t exactly what he had in mind. The TV edition is great and all, he writes, but what he described in his novels is a tad … bigger. More pointy. And intimidating. The throne is supposed to be a potentially lethal chair made of thousands of swords, helping ensure that nobody ever rests easy while ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Martin posted an image by artist Marc Simonetti that showed his version of the coveted ruling throne of Westeros (click the button above to see the really impressive full-size version).

“Marc has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it,” Martin wrote. “This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Asymmetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few. This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.”

Here’s the HBO version: READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' favorites as 'Simpsons' characters


You’ve seen Game of Thrones characters in retro clothes. Now, courtesy of a designer from Brussels (see his blog here), we present Thrones favorites drawn as Simpsons characters (why not, it’s summer!). Having pointed out the similarity between Tywin Lannister and Monty Burns before, I have to give props to the Lion of Lannister image, though The Hound might be my favorite here. See what you think.

'Game of Thrones' gets an online dating makeover


Game of Thrones is filled with blood, sweat, and tears. But you know what? It also features some incredible acts of love. Sure, that love is often tainted with incestual hunger for your twin sister, and sometimes the love of your life becomes an evil, sadistic, murderous young king hellbent on destruction, but hey: love is love, right?

Unfortunately, characters on the HBO hit don’t always have the best luck with love (I’m looking at you “Red Wedding”), which can make one wonder if access to online dating could help out any of these warring Westerosians. READ FULL STORY

The Likability Index: Ranking characters from 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad,' and more


As Mad Men‘s season 6 comes to a close, Don Draper’s descent into his own inferno cements his anti-hero status. You either love to hate him, or hate to love him. His ambiguous ethics create an interesting dynamic for the viewer — but he’s not the only one on TV like that.

Mad Men and its contemporaries — Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Scandal, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, The Americans, and Boardwalk Empire — are shows that revolve around questions of morality. Whether it be an ad executive who will do anything to sleep with their married neighbors, a former high school teacher turned meth kingpin trying to provide for his family, kings and queens vying for the Iron Throne, or crisis managers who just happen to fix presidential races for the man they love, these series make us question who we’re rooting for and why.

There are incredibly likeable characters who do horrible things (Boardwalk Empire‘s Al Capone) or characters who are, at their core, good people whom we don’t like very much (Game of Thrones‘ Sansa). Then there’s everyone else — who falls somewhere in the middle on the scale.

Check out or “Likability Index” below, where we rank our favorites on two axes — from likable to hateable, and from good to evil. READ FULL STORY

What if Zooey Deschanel was Daenerys Stormborn? New 'Game of Thrones' parody dares to dream

Have you ever wondered what Game of Thrones would look like if Zooey Deschanel played the part of Daenerys Stormborn?

A new parody dares to imagine the adorkable. The animated video depicts the New Girl star as the Mother of Dragons (or should we say cats?). And though she still commands the Unsullied, she does it while strumming on her ukelele (obviously).

She’s not the only famous face to get the casting treatment however. Aubrey Plaza is portrayed as a bitter Ygritte who hates and complains about everything — including Jon Snow, while Michael Cera is portrayed as a much less intimidating—and much more jittery— Joffrey.

Watch the video below and don’t miss the Arrested Development style closing credits.

Now, who wants to start a petition to get the three actors to actually do this parody?

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'Game of Thrones': Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark, stages violent Funny or Die Twitter coup

Though the King in the North is dead, there’s still one Stark capable of seizing control from the powers that be: Arya, also known as 16-year-old actress Maisie Williams. On Monday evening, the pint-size killer officially took over Funny or Die’s Twitter feed. This initial picture of her is a perfect lesson in how to look intimidating while staging a coup:

Why are actors dressed like 'Game of Thrones' characters playing piano in exotic locales?

Because the Internet, that’s why! Behold the fourth episode of a webseries called “Cosplay Piano,” in which 19-year-old pianist Sonya Belousova dresses up as your costumed favorites and plays new arrangements of their iconic themes. She’s already tackled the worlds of The Walking Dead, Batman, and Superman — so naturally, the universe of HBO and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones was next.

And though the clip opens with a facsimile of Daenerys jamming in the desert, there’s more to it than just the Khaleesi. In the span of just three and a half minutes, “Cosplay Piano” will take you from the Red Waste (where Dany tickles ivories and dragons fly) to a brothel in King’s Landing (where Tyrion grins at Shae, and the women are surprisingly clothed) to the tundra north of the Wall (where the video’s version of Jon Snow could really use a new wig). Guess a sprawling series deserves a sprawling video tribute.


'Game of Thrones': The Westeros Business Manual

George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” was always an unusual fantasy series. In many ways, the books — and the wildly successful HBO show it inspired — function as a tactical deconstruction of genre classics like Lord of the Rings. There are no real heroes or villains. Magic is used sparingly, and confusingly. Important characters are famously killed off frequently; indeed, five books into the seven-book cycle, the whole concept of “important characters” seems hazy. (You can already see that forming in the TV show’s third season; the nominally heroic Stark family is dead and scattered, while relatively new additions like the Tyrells keep expanding their power.)

But to me, what really defines Martin’s story is his portrait of power. And not just power in the abstract: He is fascinated by the process of governance. Recall Ned Stark arriving in King’s Landing way back in the first book/season 1. Ned is a typical romantic-fantasy protagonist, a noble man of war: He’s Aragorn, basically, the kind of guy you want on your side to fight an invading army or a dragon. But at the first meeting of the Small Council, he learns that Westeros is facing the greatest villain of all: Tremendous financial debt. The series constantly circles back around to similar seemingly banal matters: Governments running low on money, kings forced to mediate between different factions, laws that have to be followed. A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons comprise a thousand-page-plus portrait of statecraft; coincidentally, this is why some people don’t like A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But Martin’s detail-oriented storytelling makes for compelling narrative. In a very concrete sense, Martin uses his different characters to roadmap several very different strategies for success. You know how douchey Wall Street bankers love to read The Art of War? “A Song of Ice and Fire” and Game of Thrones provide similar metaphorical business models, with intriguing lessons for anyone paying attention. READ FULL STORY

George R. R. Martin drinks in your Red Wedding tears on 'Conan' -- VIDEO

And they’re only making him stronger!!

Four days after the fact, even the Game of Thrones fans who knew Sunday’s Red Wedding was on the horizon are still trying to recover from seeing it in all its gory glory. As for those who had no idea what was in store for Robb, Catelyn, and Talisa? Forget about it. The reaction videos prove that they may never be the same.

And now the man who single-handedly murdered an entire army has had a chance to see firsthand what his words have wreaked — courtesy of Conan O’Brien.


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