Arya Stark

Arya Stark has been spending most of the past few seasons on Game of Thrones on the run inboynito. Ever since fleeing the capital with the help of Yoren (Night’s Watch recruiter), by chopping her locks and disguising her as an orphan boy named “Arry,” she has been trying to make it home every since. Bumping into all sorts of trouble along the way including; Ser Gregor Clegane (becoming a cup bearer for Tywin Lannister), Brotherhood Without Banners, and Sandor Clegane, Arya eventually finds herself filling the shoes of her fake persona – becoming a hardened, brutal killer, doing what is necessary in order to survive. Throughout this whole period, Arya and Clegane become scavengers, and they aren’t exactly the cleanest of people travelling across Westeros. Futhermore, we are left at the end of Season 4 with Arya leaving an injured Clegane and aboarding a ship for that’s heading towards Braavos, and that only means one thing folks! (more…)


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Above: TARDIS dresses are a dime a dozen these days. You can’t attend a con without seeing one, but this TARDIS console design from Kirsty Delwig is a real stand out. Everything’s perfect, from the TARDIS jacket to light up center column gown. [The Mary Sue]


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 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

Above: Stunning photography and cosplay by Max Cookies Power and Alexia Jean Grey with body paint by Carlos Blanchard. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better Venom costume, even in that shitty Spider-Man 3! (CBM)


For all the acclaim Game of Thrones has received for being a sensational drama, full of spectacle, there’s one element everyone remarks on: the nudity and sex. If you’ve read George R.R Martin‘s novels you’ll know these are not chaste tales, but being books most of the kinky stuff is left to the imagination. Not so with the TV series. It’s all there and now we know why.

Director Neil Marshall, the man responsible for that epic “Blackwater” episode, recently spoke to ScreenCrush about what it’s like working for HBO. As you know, they’re tagline is ,”It’s not TV, it’s HBO,” which should really be changed too, “We’re not basic cable, bring on the titties!” Marshall explains,

The weirdest part [of directing Game of Thrones] was when you have one of the exec producers leaning over your shoulder, going, ‘You can go full frontal, you know. This is television, you can do whatever you want! And do it! I urge you to do it!’ So I was like, ‘Okay, well, you’re the boss.'”

This particular exec took me to one side and said, ‘Look, I represent the pervert side of the audience, okay? Everybody else is the serious drama side, [but] I represent the perv side of the audience, and I’m saying I want full frontal nudity in this scene.’ So you go ahead and do it.

Ha! Yes, I’m the head of Pervert Relations for HBO. What a job!?!

But seriously, HBO knows what sells and it’s teh sex. What do you think? Is there too much tits, ass and rampant sex on Game of Thrones or do you find they hold back before becoming too gratuitous?

Source: Blastr

It’s not a spoiler there’s sex on Game of Thrones, but what is chocked full of spoilers is this incredible map tracking the journey of every major character throughout A Song of Ice and Fire. Ye be warned. Hit the jump the check it out!


One of the things that makes Game of Thrones, and the book series it’s based on, so fascinating is the rich world building and history created by George R.R. Martin. You could study Westeros as if it were a real point in history because, hell, we know more about it than we do actual points in history!

Included in the special features on Game of Thrones Season One Blu-ray is an awesome collection of featurettes which explain in detail the complicated history and mythos of Westeros. There are features on the different houses and their lineage, the religions, certain orders and important events. Basically, if you’re watching the show and need to understand how groups of people relate to each other, or don’t understand why one family loathes another, here’s your homework.

Thanks to Youtuber Will & Grace, all these featurettes have been uploaded and collected in one excellent playlist. Get crackin’! Test on Friday.

Psst! Have you read out review of the latest episode, “The Old Gods and The New“?

Source: io9

There’s been bits of Game of Thrones news popping up lately, and we’ve neglected to mention any. Shame on us, I know. We’ll be accepting you hate mail shortly. In the meantime, let’s share the latest buzz from Westeros.

As you’re probably well aware, they’re currently filming the second season. Winter-is-Coming.net (a great source for all your up to the minute Game of Thrones news), laid hands on our first look at season two filming. Most importantly, it’s our first look at Emmy winner, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) on set. Here’s a sample,

Check out winter-is-coming.net for the full report.

This week was also the release of Game of Thrones comic’s first issue. Written by George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham, art by Tommy Patterson with a cover by Alex Ross. Here’s the first page, just to wet your appetite.

To check out the entire, lengthy preview visit Newsarama. It promises to be a fantastic comic, and I’m sure one day will have a beautiful, complete collectors edition we can all drool over.

Finally, did you know they’re making a PC game based on The Song of Ice and Fire book series. Called A Game of Thrones: Genesis, this strategy game “takes place before the events of the novels, in the time of Aegon the Conqueror, and the trailer shows at least one reason why that’s a good thing: dragons!”


The first  trailer was just released, watch it below,

(TDW: Geek)

I want a dragon.

Oh! One more thing, in addition to Peter Dinklage snagging his Emmy, the show also won a Creative Arts Emmy for their main title design. Okay, I admit it, this is only an excuse for me to include the show’s opening sequence. But I bet you’ll be watching it again, too. It’s addictive. The music, so good. The cool way they represent the map of Westeros. Perfect.

There’s your update on what’s happening in Westeros. Game of Thrones returns Spring 2011 which is really too far off. Hopefully soon the first season will release on DVD/Blu-ray. Re-watching the first season  and rereading the books should tide me over till spring.

A key part to enjoying either the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire or it’s HBO series, Game of Thrones is understanding where the hell anything is in Westeros. Whose castle is close to whose? How far north or south is it? Are they near the coast where they’re likely to be raided by Iron Men? Are they near the accursed, Harrenhal? Every edition of the books has in it a series of maps which you’ll find yourself constantly referencing as you explore Westeros. In the television series the opening credits mimicked this beautifully, changing with each episode depending on where the story would travel.

Now fans have upped the ante. There have been some damn impressive, fan-made Westeros maps but this one from superfan and artist, Other-In-Law is by far the most crazy awesome thing you’re eyeballs will ever wonder over. The map is chocked full of so references to your favorite characters and places it almost reminds you of a Where’s Waldo map. If Waldo was insane and ruled a kingdom with wildfire and fear, and his subjects plotted to kill him at every turn. Maybe that’s why Waldo was constantly on the run or in hiding? Hmm.

Anyway, you must click HERE to check it out full size. Seriously, it’s massive and it’s gonna blow your mind. Can you pick out the Queen of Thorns by Highgarden? Tyrion near Casterly Rock? Littlefinger on The Fingers? Other-in-Law as also included the heraldry of every house mentioned in the books. Damn, he’s even included sigils not in the books, but mentioned by George R.R. Martin on westeros.org’s Citadel.

And, just for the hell of it, if you could reside anywhere in The Seven Kingdoms, where would it be? I’d be living the good life down south by Highgarden, or maybe Oldtown, enjoying many a flask of summerwine. I would have said the riverlands by Rivverun or Casterly Rock, but umm, yeah due to constant warring those places have gone down the shitter.