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Westeros Blog: Making Game of Thrones: Fruit Ninjas and Secret Messages

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Bryan Cogman provides a post written during the Shane’s Castle tourney filming for HBO’s Game of Thrones, filmed back in August, and it’s full of interesting details ... like the Fruit Ninja craze that has swept the crew. And that the tourney—depicted in two separate chapters of A Game of Thrones—is split across episodes IV and V. But one detail leapt out at us as just the sort of thing we love best, that graphic artist Jim Stanes was working on the production and that he had done a great design for House Royce (Bronze Yohn and his sons were at the tourney in the novels).

We quickly found his blog, where we noticed he worked on Kingdom of Heaven (David, Dan, if you’re reading this—we’ve always imagined the Dornish look much like that!) and then @straphe pointed out to us that Stanes had uploaded the Targaryen arms back in December. I did a little more digging and stumbled across this beauty, described as a coded message from the production.

Before the image loaded, I of course thought it was Lysa’s to Catelyn .... but the script is so radically different from our own (which is what is being used for Westerosi) that I believe it represents a Valyrian script as used in the Free Cities. The obvious sources for this would be Varys or Illyrio, but we shall have to wait and see.

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On the strength of this recommendation, I got Fruit Ninja. It is insanely addictive.

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I loved this post when I first read it a few days ago. Lena's claim on her Fruit Ninja score was hilarious.

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