See Game of Thrones’ Characters “Simpsonized”!

DrawTheSimpsons, a tumblr account devoted to “Simpsonizing” well-known characters and people has given it’s signature treatment to Game of Thrones.  

 

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As you can see, this has been executed quite well as it’s easy to tell who’s who even without the labels!  And don’t worry, we know you’ve noticed that a number of characters are missing– Arya, Ned, and Cersei to name a few–more images are coming soon! 

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Game of Thrones – Last Supper

Check out this awesome piece of Game of Thrones fan art depicting the characters from season 1 in their very own Last Supper.  How about Tyrion getting the honor of being front and center at this table? I think it fits!

Art by Sheilalala

VIDEO: Inside Episode 20

Take a look into the minds behind the HBO series as they discuss the characters during Episode 20.

Yes, it’s a spoiler as all of these videos are.

VIDEO: Inside Episode 19

Take a look into the minds behind the HBO series as they discuss the characters during Episode 19.

Yes, it’s a spoiler as all of these videos are.

Stark Kids Sing Intro

If you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to this young’ns (which is on the DVD/Blu-Ray feature of Season 1), listen now.

This is Maisie Williams (Arya), Sophie Turner (Sansa), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) with their rendition of the show’s opening theme music.

Oh a side note, I wonder if their parents let them actually watch the show.

Character Summary – Eddard Stark

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Our final character summary is on Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell.

Eddard “Ned” Stark is head of House Stark and Lord paramount of the North. Eddard and his wife Catelyn have five children, and Eddard has one bastard son, whom he took back home with him after Robert’s rebellion. He and King Robert Baratheon started as childhood friends when they were both fostered by Lord Jon Arryn, Robert Baratheon’s Hand at the start of the series.

In the beginning of Game of Thrones, Eddard has to deal with a deserter of the Night’s Watch by executing the young man, and brings his sons Robb, Jon, and 10-year-old Bran to accompany him and learn. He executes the man himself, and in teaching Bran about being dutiful, explains that the one who orders the execution should be the one to carry it out and take responsibility for his actions. Right away you can tell this man has earned his respect honestly and honorably.

After Jon Arryn’s death, King Baratheon goes to Winterfell, along with his court, to persuade Eddard to take on the position of Hand of the King. During the time of King Baratheon’s visit, it is revealed that Jon Arryn may have been assassinated so he reluctantly accepts the position of hand so he can investigate Jon Arryn’s death. Unfortunately, that means he has to leave Winterfell and his wife behind as she stays to keep watch over the now comatose Bran Stark, after he fell from one of the abandoned towers, supposedly by accident. Before he leaves, he sends his bastard son, Jon Snow, off to be part of the Night’s Watch, and reminds Jon that he is a Stark even though the Stark name was not given to him, and he also promises to tell Jon of his mother when they meet again.

He brings with him his two daughters, Sansa and Arya, to King’s Landing to have them introduced to the court, as Sansa is betrothed to Joffrey Baratheon, the King’s son and heir to the throne. Being sympathetic to Arya’s frustrations of being forced to act as a lady, he hires a swordmaster for Arya to learn proper swordfighting techniques.

Two things that Eddard finds upon arriving at King’s Landing is that the crown is majorly in debt, mostly to Lord Tywin Lannister, and that Jon Arryn had been inquiring around the city searching and finding King Baratheon’s bastard children. He is also forced to kill Lady, Sansa’s direwolf, after Joffrey accuses Arya and her own direwolf, Nymeria, of inflicting injury on him. Because Arya ran her direwolf off, Lady is killed in Nymeria’s place.

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Later, during a council meeting, King Baratheon wants to execute and order to have Daenerys Targaryen killed when he finds out that she is pregnant. Although Eddard has no love for the Targaryen’s, being that one Targaryen in particular was responsible for the capture, imprisonment, and death of his sister, Lyanna Stark, he refuses to agree to killing Daenerys and her unborn child, and steps down as Hand. As he is about to leave for Winterfell, he is stopped by Jaime Lannister, who is angered that Catelyn Stark has taken Jaime’s brother, Tyrion, prisoner for the attempted murder of Bran Stark. Their dispute turns deadly as Jaime’s men kill all of Eddard’s men and Eddard is injured. It is during this time of recovery that King Baratheon visits him and practically forces him to retake the position of Hand of the King, which Eddard does.

As he resumes his duties as Hand, he researches and discovers, after an offhand comment by Sansa, that Robert Baratheon’s children are not really his. Robert’s supposed children are actually the result of Robert’s wife Cersei and her incestuous affair with her twin brother Jaime Lannister. This is what Lord Jon Arryn had apparently discovered that got him assassinated. When Eddard confronts Cersei about this matter, he tells her that he will inform Robert of this, but gives Cersei a chance to flee with the children before he does. Unfortunately, Cersei plots to have Robert killed before he ever finds out. Also unfortunate is that her plan works.

Robert Baratheon comes back from his hunting party, severely wounded and has Eddard write down his will and put Joffrey’s name as heir to the throne, also naming Eddard as Protector of the Realm until Joffrey is of age to take the throne. Eddard writes down “rightful heir” instead of putting Joffrey’s name on the will. He also doesn’t have to the heart to inform Robert of Cersei’s children not being his.

When Robert dies, Joffrey takes the throne with his mother as part of the counsel. Eddard tries to overtake the throne and have both Cersei and Joffrey arrested, but Cersei rips up the will in front of all who are there and Eddard finds that he is betrayed. Eddard is taken prisoner for treason, while Sansa is held captive by the Lannisters and Arya escapes into the city.

Thus starts the coming of a war as news of Eddard’s capture reaches Winterfell. Eddard at first refuses to admit to treason and does not want to swear fealty to King Joffrey, even if it means his death. However, because Sansa is still being kept by them, he realizes that may be the only way to save her. So, he reluctantly agrees, with the reassurance that his daughters will be released. This also ensures that he will not be executed, but exiled to the Wall instead, serving the Night’s Watch as punishment.

Unfortunately, as honorable and dutiful and even sympathetic as he has been to those around him, he is not treated with the same courtesies. After Eddard admits to treason and swears fealty to King Joffrey, Joffrey has him executed right then and there anyway, in public and with Sansa watching. Arya also watches from a distance, but Eddard can see that Yoren, an actual trustworthy man, will take care of Arya as he hides Arya from his beheading.

His death becomes the ultimate catalyst for the War of the Four Kings.

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Eddard is definitely one of the most honorable men in this series and the basic “good guy” as far as good guys go in Westeros. He is not without fault, though, seeming too trustworthy of people and even giving mercy to those who probably don’t deserve it. It is these faults that ultimately become part of his downfall.

Eddard Stark was played by Sean Bean. He is a well respected actor and best known in recent years as Boromir from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a part in which is character dies most dramatically as well. The guy knows how to die honorably, I gotta say. He also played the King in the Snow White comedy movie, Mirror, Mirror, which just came out the Friday before the start of the second season of Game of Thrones on HBO. And he played the Greek God Zeus in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. No word on if he’s going to reprise his role for the upcoming Sea of Monsters, though. I love this actor and I so wish his character hadn’t died just so I can see more of him in the series, but alas, the Game of Thrones isn’t about keeping all the good characters alive. Sean Bean will be missed!

Character Summary – Jaime Lannister

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Day 9 is focused on the Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister.

He is the younger of the Lannister twins, his twin being Queen Cersei Lannister, and the first-born son of Tywin Lannister & Lady Joanna.

His nickname of Kingslayer came about during the Robert’s Rebellion, referring to when Robert Baratheon, Jon Arryn, and Eddard Stark rebelled against House Targaryen and the King Aerys Targaryen.  Jaime killed King Aerys, who had become insane during his reign.  Jaime had even sat on the Iron Throne with Aerys’ body still on the floor.  He patiently waited for who would be the next on the throne, not caring one way or the other.

As we come to A Game of Thrones, Jaime is in the Kingsguard, and soon it’s realized that Jaime’s relationship with his twin sister is more than just brotherly love.  They have been carrying on an incestuous relationship.   It is not found out, though, until the King and court make a trip to Winterfell.  During one of Bran Stark‘s wall-climbing adventures, he stumbles upon Jaime and Cersei having sex in an abandoned tower.  Jaime pushes Bran out window to kill the boy and prevent their secret from being revealed.

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Jaime and Eddard don’t see eye to eye on certain things, especially Jaime’s slaying of Mad King Aerys.  Unfortunately, their animosity doesn’t fare well for Eddard, when Jaime’s dwarf brother Tyrion is taken prisoner by Eddard’s wife Catelyn in the Vale.  A battle takes place and Eddard is severely injured by one of Jaime’s guards before they can fight each other.  Jaime is upset at this, but doesn’t go any further against Eddard, knowing this he has a great advantage, only demanding for his brother’s return before leaving.

Later, Eddard realizes upon some information that Queen Cersei’s three blond-haired children were fathered by none other than Jaime Lannister.  Jaime is the biological father of King Baratheon’s children!  However, Eddard cannot confront Jaime about this, as Jaime is making plans with his father to start a war due to Tyrion’s imprisonment and for the House Lannister to create a new dynasty over the Seven Kingdoms.

Things erupt in King’s Landing after King Baratheon dies.  Joffrey takes the throne as King, Eddard is taken prisoner for treason, and Jaime is made Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, with no one ever knowing about Jaime and Cersei’s incest and the children.  Although Bran survived his fall, he had lost all memory of what he had seen.

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The Stark battle back after Eddard’s execution and Jaime and his army are taken prisoner by the Stark army.  Jaime confesses that he pushed Bran out of the window, but he doesn’t say for what reason.

And that is where we end with Jaime, still being held prisoner by the Stark army.  Where will he go now that he’s separated from his family?

Jaime is played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and has been in a few known films, including Black Hawk Down, Wimbledon, and Kingdom of Heaven.  This is probably his most popular role to date.  That may change, however, as he’s signed to be in a Tom Cruise film next year.  He does Jaime Lannister well, being that he’s quite a handsome figure.  It seems he does have a good insight as to what his character should be, and I hope that he continues with that as his character should develop and change during this second season.