Game Of Thrones

If there are two things that nobody can shut up about right now, they are Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame.

In most ways, these two have nothing in common. One is a MOVIE assembling Earth’s mightiest heroes in a last ditch attempt to unfuck the universe. The other is a sprawling TV series with medieval/fantasy-centric political machinations, epic battles, and the troubles with power. What these two properties do share, however, is that they are MASSIVE cultural phenomenons. Avengers Endgame is nearing becoming the most popular movie of all time and GoT is most popular cable TV series, if not the most talked about. Spoiler Culture for both of these respective properties has been an interesting and, frankly, weird thing.

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Love or hate it, Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. Few shows in history can boast being this big. Even its mistakes become media controlling phenomenon. All shows have a few slip-ups here and there. You’d expect that from a show with as many moving parts as Game of Thrones. But last week’s coffee cup scandal had people in a tizzy. Seeing a blatant piece of the modern world in their medieval fantasy made some folks lose their minds. This certainly couldn’t be the only time a goof like this has happened on the show, so… why the fuss?

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So after our heartbeats have finally regained normal rhythm following a very Long Night with Episode 3, we see our group of fan favorites take stock, mourn their dead, and rejoice following the final battle with the un-dead. Drinking heavily, and enjoying some well earned comforts, audiences see their characters interact, rest and enjoy, and also engage in some sexy time it seems. However this weeks Episode 4, The Last of the Starks, has left audiences with a lot of questions, and also surprisingly, a really bad taste in a lot of fans mouths. Spoilers ahead as I am sure you are aware… (more…)

Game of Thrones is one of the biggest television shows in history. Love it or hate it, the likelihood of it being a topic you’ve talked about is pretty high. But this Sunday’s episode is likely to be the most talked about. It’s certainly the most anticipated. The entire series has been leading up to this moment. Battle of Winterfell. White Walkers vs Winterfell. Some major characters have had their storylines come to fruition in Season 8, and while it’s the last season, anyone is really fair game. Who will die? Who will make it through? Here we go over some statistics for Battle of Winterfell and make some predictions of our own.

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The road to Game of Thrones Season 8 has been hard on viewers.  Taking an emotional – and to some a physical – toll. Death, despair, a cyclone of political machinations, copious amounts of violence…oh and did we mention death? Lots and lots of death! Seeing beloved characters find their demise while villainous vultures continue to find victory (*cough* Cersei *cough*) , has almost been too much to bear. One would teeter on being a real masochist to have held on for this long. But that’s GoT for you, a show that defies convention. There is nothing quite like it and there may never be again. And here we are, the beginning of the end for one of the biggest, most ambitious, ground-breaking entertainment franchises ever.

After 7 seasons of war and individual hardships, the sprawling story has dwindled itself down to but a handful of characters. The fight for the (Iron) Throne remains, but so does the threat of the Night King and the horde of white walkers. Unless differences are put aside and lasting alliances forged, the fate of Westeros hangs in the balance.

Below is a SPOILER FREE take on the premier episode. Alludes, implies, and discusses, but never spoils.

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For the past seven years, Game of Thrones dazzled countless fans and became a culture-wide phenomenon. Legions of people from all walks of life are dedicated to the show, its stories, and all the characters fighting for the Iron Throne. As the final season begins, fans are excited and devastated all at once. They’ll finally know who claims Westeros, but the series that kidnapped their attention will end.

I, on the other hand, am just grateful that it’ll finally be over.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 is only hours away. Fans across the world are shivering with antici… Well. You know. So how should fans get their GOT-fix before the next season starts? They’ve binge-watched all the previous seasons. They’d read every interview and watched every exclusive “sneak peek”. And yet they still can’t get enough. So NerdBastards scoured YouTube to find the best Game of Thrones parodies to soundtrack your life while you anxiously await the start of Season 8. Queue up your playlist and get ready to nod your head and sing-out-loud to some wonderfully nerdy Game of Thrones parodies.

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(Photo credit Jeff Kravitz)

Kristian Nairn  is a Northern Irish actor and DJ. He is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. Fans are still reeling at Hodor’s demise in “The Door” from season 6. There, he perished after holding a door closed against an onslaught of White Walkers feverishly focused on dismantling Bran and Meera apart as they escaped the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave. Though his character spoke very little and language reduced to one word “Hodor”, his presence was large. And not just because the actor is a (really) large man (6’10) but because of his sweet, simple, gentle, and fatherly nature. In person, Kristian is just as humble and caring.

We caught up with Kristian at a GoT media event at Boston’s AT&T flagship store ahead of the Season 8 Premier (4/14). We talked World of Warcraft, the culture of Game of Thrones, fan rage and a few other subjects to which he offered insight and humor.

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There’s a new and last season of this TV show starting soon. You may have heard of it. Game of Thrones. Sound familiar? Well, in case you haven’t heard of this little show with little more than a cult following, HBO has some promotional events to help with might be moderate hype. #ForTheThrone features three ways to get hyped for Season 8, and the biggest of three could get you a crown of your own. Would you quest, bleed, or create for the throne? HBO hopes so. Creating a website and posting to YouTube and Facebook, HBO and the GoT actors are giving hints at the location of hidden Iron Thrones throughout the world. And the first of six has already been found!

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