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You couldn’t swing a battle ax without hitting some Game of Thrones news these days. Hmm, might have something to do with the show’s return this Sunday, or we all secretly –  or not so secretly – wished we lived in a land of direwolves and dragons. Speaking of, have you ever wanted your own direwolf? Duh! Of course you have, who hasn’t!? Your dream might just become reality if you look into the American Alsatian Breeders Association’s Dire Wolf Project. Breed founder Lois Schwarz says the purpose of the project is to bring the look of the now extinct dire wolf – okay, so they’re not exactly the direwolves of Westeros – into a domesticated dog breed. Since no genetic material of the long gone dire wolf exists they’re using American Alsatians because of their shaggy, wolf-like appearance, large size – they can reach 130 lbs! – and calm, friendly demeanor. Go check out Wired’s report – including adorable puppy pictures! – for more info.

And also from Wired, what are the chances The Wall that protects the southern realms from wights and white walkers could actually exist? As it is in the books as well as the television series? Not very likely. Wired spoke with engineer Mary Albert of the Ice Drilling Program Office at Dartmouth College who said,

Even at very cold temperatures, large ice masses deform under their own weight. And over long time scales, ice flows, so it would not hold its original shape for thousands of years.

Hmm, not looking very good for the 700+ ft structure. Assuming it even was possible to construct a wall of ice on this massive scale physicist Martin Truffer of the University of Alaska Fairbanks adds,

You would need a slope of at least 1 to 20 to stop significant deformation. So to keep it 700 feet high, I would estimate that wall to be about 40 times that in width.

There’d be no way anyone could break through that wall! Or, come anywhere near it since it would occupy such a large chunk of the north. Thankfully, in George R.R. Martin‘s world we can just chalk up The Wall’s existence and integrity to magic. Aw yeah, magic.

Hit the jump to read what showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have to say about looking forward to Season 4 – damn! Season 3 hasn’t even aired, yet! – plus Daenerys’ new reality show, and Jon Snow’s rap about the Night’s Watch.

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Aww, just look how cute little Drogon was! Come this season, Dany’s precious babies won’t be able to catch a ride on mom’s shoulder anymore, or be so easily carried around in baskets. Get ready to see these dragons grow. Continuing their Game of Thrones countdown, EW talked to showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about the growing pains of dragons and direwolves.

Benioff: This is an interesting time for the dragons. When they were born they were adorable. Last season, as you say, they were still kind of cute. But now they’re turning into proper flying dragons. One of the interesting things about the books, and hopefully the show, is that the weapons of mass destruction in this world are living breathing things. And as they get older that presents problems.

Weiss: They’re still cute to Daenerys. They’re her babies. But her babies can burn down a house in a few minutes and they’re getting increasingly terrifying to everyone around her. At some point she will have to reckon with the fact her babies are all grown up.

We saw a glimpse of Drogon flying around a ship in the trailer, that’s the size of dragons we’re dealing with this year. And they’ll feature more prominently, too. The dragon shadow emblazoned on Season 3’s poster was no accident. The wolves though, they’ve grown, too, but less drastically. In Season 2 the direwolves were actually real wolves enhanced and enlarged by CGI. In Season 3 it’ll be the same process.

Weiss: We did some testing and at a certain point they look unreal. We reached a nice balance with them. And frankly, no matter how much money you spend on CG wolves — and we’ve seen the best that’s out there, state of the art, and some of it looks great — it still doesn’t look move and feel like a real animal.

Benioff: With dragons, you get some leeway. You can’t say, ‘Well, that doesn’t look like a real dragon.’

Weiss: With a wolf, you have a million years of evolution telling you what they’re supposed to act like.

I thought last year’s direwolves looked excellent, much better than what they’d have been able to achieve with full CGI. What did you think? And are you excited for dragons? Dumb question, of course you are!

Game of Thrones returns on March 31st. That’s only 17 days away!!

That April 1st premiere date is getting ever closer! In anticipation HBO has been releasing tons of behind-the-scenes footage as well as videos about the characters and places we’ll be getting know in season two of Game of Thrones. We bastards, and I’m guessing most of you, simply can’t get enough!

WE NEEDZ MOAR, HBO, MOAR!

But here’s what we’ve got for you today, a new character profile for Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), brother to the late King Robert and wannabe-King Renly. Stannis is one tough dude, and he’s not easy to love, or even like. I’m really interested to see what audiences, particularly those who haven’t read the books, think of him.

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Cosplayer Omi Gibson does Resident Evil‘s Jill Valentine right. See Fashionably Geek for more photos.

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday, every morning, we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

 

Just because the Arrested Development movie might never happen doesn’t mean you can’t find new things to do with your love of all things Bluth. And it’s not just their home recreated in LEGO, click here to see Michael, George Michael, Tobias (in blue), Buster (with hook) and the whole family. (The Mary Sue)

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