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'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: 'Song of Ice and Fire' readers talk Purple Wedding and more

Thought we were done with Game of Thrones articles for a few days, given yesterday’s barrage? Think again! Today EW introduces the Game of Thrones TV Book Club — a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.

This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis talk 77-course meals, the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage – and what Game of Thrones might do better than ASOIAF. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?)

DARREN: It’s been about eight years since I first read Storm of Swords, and in rereading the chapters about the Purple Wedding, it struck me that there was one incredibly important aspect that the TV show left out: The 77 courses! Mushroom and snail soup, peacocks stuffed with dates, fish tarts fresh from the ovens: Eat your heart out, Top Chef! Was there anything that you missed from the Literary Purple Wedding, Hillary? Or, conversely, was there any new addition that particularly jumped out at you?

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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.

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'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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Another shocker from 'Game of Thrones': Fans react to 'The Rains of Castamere'

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[Warning: Spoilers and angst ahead!]

Have you recovered from last night’s Game of Thrones yet?

It’s all right if the answer is “no.” The last scene of “The Rains of Castamere” may have been the most brutal, shocking, heart-breaking sequence ever made for television — and though they’ve been primed to expect the worst (Ned Stark’s beheading, anyone?), Thrones fans who haven’t read George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” books are still reeling from its effect.

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'Game of Thrones': OK Cupid reveals which characters are most compatible

Could the Kingslayer and the Maid of Tarth be on the road to romantic bliss? Those who have read every published word of A Song of Ice and Fire may know the answer — but regardless of whether these two characters will hook up at some point, the Game of Thrones fans at OK Cupid certainly seem to think they should.

Just for fun, the site’s dating gurus calculated the compatibility of three couples who are currently betrothed on the show, as well as Jaime and Brienne (whose relationship is purely platonic…for now). After filling out OK Cupid surveys for each character, the engineers compared questionnaires to figure out which pairs made the most romantic sense. They then shared those results exclusively with EW. The resounding winner: Jaime/Brienne, who are 84 percent compatible, according to OKC’s algorithm.

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Winter lager is coming: HBO to release 'Game of Thrones'-themed beer

Fresh out of mead? No matter — come March, you’ll have a whole new libation to sip while playing your favorite Drinking Game of Thrones.

HBO announced today that it’s partnering with New York’s Brewery Ommegang to create a series of beers “that directly tie into themes, characters and nuances…of the medieval-like fantasy realm of Westeros and surrounding kingdoms,” according to a press release. Iron Throne Blonde Ale, the first beer in the series — beeries? –  should be on shelves in time for Game of Thrones‘s third season premiere on March 31. 750ml bottles will sell for the suggested retail price of one gold dragon $8.50, a pittance for any Lannister worth his salt.

This news shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans of either George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books or the HBO series it inspired.  READ FULL STORY

'Lord of the Rings' vs. 'Game of Thrones': George R. R. Martin says who'd win in a fight

Who’s a finer swordsman: Aragorn, son of Arathorn, or Kingslayer Jaime Lannister? Could red priestess Melisandre take on wicked wizard Saruman the White? Are creepy ringwraiths better suited for battle than creepy White Walkers? And which honor-bound nobleman would prevail in a duel to the death — brooding Boromir or brooding Eddard Stark?

Unfortunately, J.R.R. Tolkein isn’t around to answer these burning questions. (Also, he’d have no idea who half of the characters listed above are.) But George R. R. Martin — author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based — is. Watch below to see who Martin would bet on in ten matches that pit his characters against Tolkien’s –  though if you’ve only seen the TV show or read just the first two Song of Ice and Fire books, you might want to skip to 00:36 in order to avoid a major spoiler.

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George R. R. Martin attacks Republican vote-suppression efforts: 'Oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.'

George R. R. Martin — author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series, world’s coolest shopping mall Santa — took to his website yesterday to voice his displeasure with what he called “attempts at voter suppression” by the GOP in swing states during this election cycle. “It is one thing to attempt to win elections,” writes Martin, “But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen…that goes beyond reprehensible.” Martin notes that the Republican party used to be led by people he admired despite disagreeing them — including Henry Cabot Lodge and Barry Goldwater — noting: “They were conservatives, but they were not bigots, nor racists, nor corrupt.” READ FULL STORY

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