The Wall

direwolves

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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If you’re a gamer and fan of George R.R. Martin‘s epic saga, A Song of Ice and Fire you’ve got a shiny new year ahead of you. We already know to be expecting not one, not two but THREE Game of Thrones-inspired video games over the next year. One of these will be a casual, social game similar to Farmville, another a browser-based MMO and the third a Mass Effect-like RPG for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

The RPG is set to release in early 2012 and what we saw in the first trailer looks extremely promising. This game comes from Cyanide Studios and was developed with involvement of Martin. It will feature original characters with their on storylines weaved into what we already know about Westeros. Two of these characters will be Mors Westfold, a member of the Night’s Watch on the Wall, and a Red Priest named Alester Sarwyck. What’s especially cool, is since HBO’s had this successful television series, Game of Thrones, you might have heard of it, the game developers were able to benefit from using some of the series’ actors for voice work. It’ll be a nice little touch to connect the two properties.

Check out the first game trailer as well as the new trailer focusing on The Wall, below.

Do the trailers make the game look promising? Are you more interested in either of the other planned Game of Thrones video games?

Source: Geeks of Doom