Could The Wall on ‘Game of Thrones’ Actually Exist?, Benioff & Weiss Talk Season 4, Lord Snow Bustin’ Rhymes, and More!
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.