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  1. The first week may have stumped everyone, but for the second Death Poll we had quite a few correct guesses and so we have picked a winner and contacted them via Facebook. Congratulations! The possible correct answers for the second episode were of course Balon Greyjoy (long overdue), Roose Bolton, Walda Bolton (nee Frey) and Baby Bolton. The third round of the Death Poll—which will be about guessing deaths for the third episode—will be open to our Forum members, so if you’re not already signed up you will need to get that sorted out to have another chance at winning. The prizes on offer will be the same as for the first Twitter & Facebook rounds— one of the new Funko Dorbz figures or a hardcover copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms—and then we will change it up for the next three episodes. What do you need to do to enter? Simply make a guess as to who will die in episode three and post it to this forum topic. Guesses made anywhere else do not count and it is one guess (meaning one name or “no one”) per person. Visit the Site!
  2. Serbian journalist Miodrag Zarkovic, who some may know from his critical articles and essays on Game of Thrones, has started a new project: documentary filmmaking. On his new site, Internet Remembers, Zarkovic has released the trailer for the first documentary under that banner. Titled Fair Game, Zarkovic examines the collision of the Internet with cultural phenomena Game of Thrones, with an eye toward the critical landscape around it. In the course of this, he interviews professors, journalists, entertainment lawyers… and, as it happens, one website owner by the name of Elio García. Here’s the trailer for Fair Game, which is due to be released in the coming months via Vimeo: More information when we have it, but those who are intrigued by the project have the option of donating financially to Internet Remembers, to help fund this and other, future projects! Visit the Site!
  3. Well, it seems HBO managed to provide quite a surprise in the first episode, as no one correctly guessed any of the three characters—Doran Martell, Trystane Martell and Areo Hotah—who meet their end in the season opener. We’re not the least surprised that no one guessed Doran or Areo, though admittedly Trystane might more easily have been seen as being in danger, albeit from Cersei rather than his cousins. So, for the first week, there is no winner. But, never fear, there’s nine weeks to go and plenty of characters available to kill. For the second episode, please like Westeros on Facebook and make your guess (one per person!) on this post as it goes live on the Facebook page. From those who get it right, we will randomly select a winner who will have a choice between one of the new Funko Dorbz figures (not yet out, but the first wave will include Daenerys, Jon, Ned, Tyrion and the Night King) or a hardcover copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Visit the Site!
  4. Well, it seems HBO managed to provide quite a surprise in the first episode, as no one correctly guessed any of the three characters—Doran Martell, Trystane Martell and Areo Hotah—who meet their end in the season opener. We’re not the least surprised that no one guessed Doran or Areo, though admittedly Trystane might more easily have been seen as being in danger, albeit from Cersei rather than his cousins. So, for the first week, there is no winner. But, never fear, there’s nine weeks to go and plenty of characters available to kill. For the second episode, please like Westeros on Facebook and make your guess (one per person!) on this post as it goes live on the Facebook page. From those who get it right, we will randomly select a winner who will have a choice between one of the new Funko Dorbz figures (not yet out, but the first wave will include Daenerys, Jon, Ned, Tyrion and the Night King) or a hardcover copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Visit the Site!
  5. Well, it seems HBO managed to provide quite a surprise in the first episode, as no one correctly guessed any of the three characters—Doran Martell, Trystane Martell and Areo Hotah—who meet their end in the season opener. We’re not the least surprised that no one guessed Doran or Areo, though admittedly Trystane might more easily have been seen as being in danger, albeit from Cersei rather than his cousins. So, for the first week, there is no winner. But, never fear, there’s nine weeks to go and plenty of characters available to kill. For the second episode, please like Westeros on Facebook and make your guess (one per person!) on this post as it goes live on the Facebook page. From those who get it right, we will randomly select a winner who will have a choice between one of the new Funko Dorbz figures (not yet out, but the first wave will include Daenerys, Jon, Ned, Tyrion and the Night King) or a hardcover copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Visit the Site!
  6. Well, it seems HBO managed to provide quite a surprise in the first episode, as no one correctly guessed any of the three characters—Doran Martell, Trystane Martell and Areo Hotah—who meet their end in the season opener. We’re not the least surprised that no one guessed Doran or Areo, though admittedly Trystane might more easily have been seen as being in danger, albeit from Cersei rather than his cousins. So, for the first week, there is no winner. But, never fear, there’s nine weeks to go and plenty of characters available to kill. For the second episode, please like Westeros on Facebook and make your guess (one per person!) on this post as it goes live on the Facebook page. From those who get it right, we will randomly select a winner who will have a choice between one of the new Funko Dorbz figures (not yet out, but the first wave will include Daenerys, Jon, Ned, Tyrion and the Night King) or a hardcover copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Visit the Site!
  7. Well, it seems HBO managed to provide quite a surprise in the first episode, as no one correctly guessed any of the three characters—Doran Martell, Trystane Martell and Areo Hotah—who meet their end in the season opener. We’re not the least surprised that no one guessed Doran or Areo, though admittedly Trystane might more easily have been seen as being in danger, albeit from Cersei rather than his cousins. So, for the first week, there is no winner. But, never fear, there’s nine weeks to go and plenty of characters available to kill. For the second episode, please like Westeros on Facebook and make your guess (one per person!) on this post as it goes live on the Facebook page. From those who get it right, we will randomly select a winner who will have a choice between one of the new Funko Dorbz figures (not yet out, but the first wave will include Daenerys, Jon, Ned, Tyrion and the Night King) or a hardcover copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Visit the Site!
  8. Well, it seems HBO managed to provide quite a surprise in the first episode, as no one correctly guessed any of the three characters—Doran Martell, Trystane Martell and Areo Hotah—who meet their end in the season opener. We’re not the least surprised that no one guessed Doran or Areo, though admittedly Trystane might more easily have been seen as being in danger, albeit from Cersei rather than his cousins. So, for the first week, there is no winner. But, never fear, there’s nine weeks to go and plenty of characters available to kill. For the second episode, please like Westeros on Facebook and make your guess (one per person!) on this post as it goes live on the Facebook page. From those who get it right, we will randomly select a winner who will have a choice between one of the new Funko Dorbz figures (not yet out, but the first wave will include Daenerys, Jon, Ned, Tyrion and the Night King) or a hardcover copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Visit the Site!
  9. Faith No More

    There are those who say that King Baelor has asked Grand Maester Clement to convince the Citadel that doves would be as reliable as ravens, and more pleasing to the gods beside, and the Grand Maester has dutifully experimented. From the drum tower of the Grand Maester, ravens still fly… but sometimes, too, white doves beat their wings to race away bearing messages (some have found their way to stoop on eaves and roofs of the city below Aegon’s High Hill, their messages apparently not so urgent; and a few besides have found their way into bowls of brown in Flea Bottom.) Still, the Grand Maester tries. These are not the only changes wrought in the realm by the septon-king. Whores are still outlawed in King’s Landing, and so too are the poisons that some hedge wizards and woods witches use for evil ends. And still, the king’s great concern for the virtue and piety of the city remains, and his efforts to safeguard them grow more extreme. Courtiers say the king has spoken long with the High Septon, and has been seen praying most devoutly to the Mother and the Maiden in the royal sept, and now there are whispers that in the chambers of the small council the king speaks of being told by the gods that there is too much fornication in the realm, against the will of the Seven. And so he has begun to prepare a new edict—against protest from the master of coin, Beron Buckwell, it’s whispered—that would lift all taxation from men with maiden daughters… provided they were to fit their daughters with chastity belts until the day they wed. For now, it is only a thought of the king, and he may well be dissuaded; the Grand Maester has joined Buckwell in speaking against it, for one, letting the king know that such contraptions risk causing serious harm to the womanly parts of the maidens so constrained. But that is a policy for the realm entire, and the king is known to at least sometimes heed his councillors despite the voices of the Seven in his ears. Policy for his city, however, is quite another matter. And so the latest gossip runs rampant through the halls and yards of the Red Keep: fewer and fewer are the maidens brought to court ever since Baelor assumed the crown… and now it seems that those who are present will be required to regularly prove their continuing maidenhood, examined by holy septas chosen by the High Septon. Already the princesses in the Maidenvault have been examined. Though the king had no doubts as to their chastity, he felt it seemly that if his rule was good for the daughters of his knights and lords, so too must it be good for his own sisters and their companions. And now, they say, the septas approach the king’s guests and courtiers with maiden daughters, sisters, or other kinswomen at court, to arrange matters. Visit the Site!
  10. One of the more interesting licensing endeavors by HBO—collaborating with Pyrrha to create jewelry inspired by the houses of the series—has become even more interesting now that Pyrrha has announced a new line of Game of Thrones talismans focused on the characters. Here’s the press release: PYRRHA ASKS GAME OF THRONES® FANS TO SHOW THEIR ALLEGIANCE WITH NEW CHARACTER TALISMANS ICONIC JEWELRY BRAND’S 2016 GAME OF THRONES COLLECTION FEATURES THREE FAN-FAVORITE CHARACTERS LEADING INTO SEASON 6 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) – As Game of Thrones fans gear up for the world premiere of the hit series’ highly anticipated sixth season on April 24, Pyrrha adds to the fervor by releasing three character talismans in partnership with HBO Global Licensing. Since introducing their distinctive interpretations of the seven houses of Westeros in 2014, Pyrrha’s handcrafted designs have been showcased at numerous festivals and conventions including SXSW and San Diego Comic-Con, and fans have responded enthusiastically. Pyrrha’s new line of Game of Thrones talismans features quotes and imagery made famous by the memorable characters that spoke the words. These fan-favorites will continue to play a role in the battle for the Iron Throne as they journey through Westeros during season six. “A Lannister always pays his debts.” – Tyrion Lannister “Valar morghulis.” – Arya Stark “Fire cannot kill a dragon.” – Daenerys Targaryen “The Pyrrha studio team are passionate Game of Thrones watchers, so this new line is a very collaborative effort,” said Pyrrha designer, Wade Papin. “We went through several rounds of design revisions before settling on the most powerful interpretations that would resonate with fans. Plus we have additional characters in the works, so stay tuned.” Starting at $218 USD, the Pyrrha for Game of Thrones character talismans are now available online in reclaimed sterling silver or bronze. The complete collection is also available at the Pyrrha flagship store in Los Angeles. About Pyrrha Pyrrha designers Danielle and Wade Papin have been creating signature talisman jewelry in their Vancouver, Canada studio since 1995. Using time honoured, old world techniques, Pyrrha is handcrafted with reclaimed metals and conflict-free stones and features authentic wax impressions and imagery from the Victorian era. Each talisman is designed to inspire the wearer with its symbolic meaning culled from heraldry. The iconic talismans have captured international attention and are embraced by celebrities and style icons around the world. Pyrrha can be found at leading boutiques globally and at the brand’s flagship store in Los Angeles, California. About HBO Global Licensing HBO Global Licensing officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network’s award-winning programming. With products created around hit series like Game of Thrones® and VinylSM as well as classic series like The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, True Blood® and Entourage, items include fashion apparel, figures, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, prop and costume replicas, games, books, and beverages, as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale, designer brands. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at http://store.hbo.com, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Global Licensing products are also sold internationally across Europe (http://www.hboshopeu.com), Asia and Australia. Visit the Site!
  11. HBO’s on a roll in the lead up to Sunday’s premiere of Game of Thrones, first announcing that the show—as well as fellow programs Veep and Silicon Valley—had all been renewed through 2017. That’s not surprising for Game of Thrones, but the fact that it’s only a single season pick-up is quite interesting since if HBO and the show runners have agreed on the “eight season” plan mooted in recent articles, one would expect that an eighth season pickup would also be announced. Possibly this is all pending contract negotiations, but there seems room for some variability in the final shape of the show as it approaches its end. Shortly after this announcement, HBO released nine new high-resolution images from the premiere episode of the season. The image above is one of them, and the rest can be found in our image gallery. Visit the Site!
  12. As we posted about yesterday, we will run a contest leading up to each episode of Season 6 where our followers get to guess who (if anyone) dies in the upcoming episode. The first Death Poll contest will be for our Twitter followers. So, what do you need to do? Simply follow @westerosorg on Twitter and tweet us our guess as to who will die in the first episode. Make sure to include the hashtag #gotdeathpollep1 so we can find your guesses! From those who get it right, we will randomly select a winner who will have a choice between one of the new Funko Dorbz figures (not yet out, but the first wave will include Daenerys, Jon, Ned, Tyrion and the Night King) or a hardcover copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. As an addition to the rules posted yesterday (they will be amended as well), we should note that of course there can be multiple correct answer if more than one character dies in an episode. Visit the Site!
  13. We’ve heard it from a number of the actors—Season 6 will be the most shocking season yet. We have a feeling that means HBO will be reducing the show’s budget in the bloodiest possible way, by an even greater body count than before. So, we thought we’d make a game out of it and give our followers a chance to win some things in the process. Here’s how it will go down. Every Monday, starting tomorrow, we will start a new “Death Poll” on Twitter, Facebook or the forum. Each poll will be open to followers/members of that particular venue. To participate in the poll, simply respond to the tweet, Facebook post or forum post and tell us who you think will die in the upcoming episode. Out of those who get it right, a random winner will be selected the following Monday and announced as we start the next poll. Some rules: 1) Only one entry per person. 2) “No one” is a valid guess, but excludes unnamed, non-recurring characters. If a random guardsman dies in an episode but no named, recurring characters, the correct answer for that episode would be “no one”. 3) Prizes will be shipped via Amazon.com, though that should not be a problem for most places. Visit the Site!
  14. The last couple of days has seen some significant news concerning the future of Game of Thrones thanks to remarks from showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, as well as HBO executive Michael Lombardo. First out of the gate was this Variety interview in which Benioff was quoted as saying: “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” said Benioff. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.” Clarification from other sources—doubtless HBO—clarified that the numbers were premature, but did say that upcoming seasons may be shorter than 10 episodes per season. The piece goes on to cite programming president Michael Lombardo, who acknowledged that Benioff and Weiss wanted to wrap the show in two years, but added that he was an “optimist” and though they would “figure this out”. read on >>> Visit the Site!
  15. Rumors run rife, as they always do in the city of the dragon-kings. But they reach a new fervor on the topic of the Stepstones, controlled with increasing ruthlessness by the Free City of Pentos who extracts protection tolls in coin and goods and sometimes even flesh. For the realm of King Baelor, it is a nuisance, but not a great one—or so some argue. And yet in the highest of councils, the king’s own small council, the tenor of the conversation is quite other: the Master of Ships is in favor of a joint expedition proposed by the Lord Protector of Dorne; the Master of Coin would prefer that if anyone collected tolls in the Stepstones, it be the Iron Throne; the High Septon, most notable of all, speaks of the light of the Seven brought to those miserable stony isles where men and women are forced into a brutish existence because of the rapacity and ungodliness of the magisters of Pentos. And the Hand of the King? Prince Viserys, the king’s uncle, has late begun efforts to further the way for such an expedition. Even now, a dozen war galleys have been recalled to the shipyards for repair and refitting, and four score more are said to be sailing from Dragonstone with similar intent. Officials, too, have been put on alert… or in some cases, have stepped aside for new men, fresh blood, to come into their own and to help see the king’s (eventual) will to be carried out. Of these, the grandest name is that of Lord Allos Swann. With his daughter safely wed to the heir to Storm’s End, and her wedding tourney concluded, there are those at court who had an inkling that he was preparing for a change of circumstances. Meetings with Ser Beron Buckwell, to be sure; but also one or two with Prince Viserys. And not a few with the heir to Feastfires, Ser Farin Prester, who it would transpire was to be named to his office. With that done, Lord Allos bid farewell to his daughter, and with a suitable entourage of household servants and knights departed for his seat. The only question that remains is whether King Baelor has been convinced by the combined forces of his council. If he has an objection, the whispers go, it’s that an expedition under Lord Velaryon might lead to blows and bloodshed. But his council argues that a show of strength alone will be sufficient to make the Pentoshi back down. (Whether they truly believe that is another question entirely.) So is the situation in King’s Landing. And far to the south, in Sunspear? The Lord Protector, Ser Quinlan Qorgyle, has lately embraced the notion of an expedition in which Seven Kingdoms dromonds and cogs carry Dornish spears to beat back the Pentoshi, and perhaps provide Dorne a few possessions in the Stepstones from which they can better protect their own trade across the narrow sea. Not all in Dorne are supportive—many claim his own sons, Prince Cadan and the unruly Prince Rhodry—are a focal point for opposition, but Ser Quinlan has convinced a number of the Dornish lords that working in this instance with the Targaryens might bring Dorne greater prosperity than it has seen in decades. Visit the Site!