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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Joffrey Baratheon is Really Sick

Our immediate reaction to Game of Thrones, Season 2: Episode 1 — Joffrey “Baratheon” just gets worse and worse.

His levels of depravity seem to increase from episode to episode. Now he’s killing for no reason and even his mother (Cersei) is afraid of him. There are parallels to Schindler’s List’s Amon Goeth, played by Ralph Fiennes — and that is not a good comparison. Killing for no reason at all, based on moods, is sick sick stuff. Lannisters will be paying for this debt for a long, long, time.

Joffrey and Goeth share similar sadistic tendencies

Season 2 Begins Tonight!

Wow! After such a long wait, we are finally on the verge of Season 2. So many questions will be answered!

Basic information: Game of Thrones resumes on HBO at 9 p.m. It should be at 9 for people on the East Coast and on the West Coast of the United States. In the U.K., you can watch tomorrow at 9 p.m. London time. More information on that HERE!

Biggest questions that may be answered:

1. Danaerys Targaryen now has dragons. What does this mean??

2. Robb Stark is the king of the North. Will he pay for that?

3. Renly Baratheon has his own set of followers, and so does Stannis. How will the two brothers interact?

4. Winter is DEFINITELY coming. While everyone acts like belligerent morons south of the Wall, how serious will the real danger be?

5. How sick and sadistic is Joffrey going to be now? Will Tyrion be able to influence him at all?

6. What will happen to Arya?

7. Will we get to meet the lords of other kingdoms? So far, we’ve know Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, Baratheons, a little of Arryns and a tiny bit of Tullys. It’s time to meet the Martells, Tyrells, Greyjoys.

8. What lies ahead for Jon Snow? Will he guard the Wall forever, or will he consider another path? And also — who is his mother?

9. Poor Sansa. Will she escape Joffrey’s clutches?

10. Love. Who’s going to find it this season? We already have some indications that Robb Stark might, which could cause some conflicts. For those who enjoy matters of the heart, much fun awaits!

Character Summary – Cersei Lannister

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Today we will go into the life of Cersei Lannister, Queen Dowager of the Seven Kingdoms.

She is the elder of the twins Lannister, her twin being Jaime Lannister, of whom she is very close to – I mean, really close.  Basically too close.  However, she resents her youngest brother, Tyrion Lannister, and blames him for their mother’s death since she died giving birth to Tyrion.  She is the mother of three blond-haired children, all from her incestuous affair with her brother Jaime, but having claimed that Robert Baratheon, her husband and King of the Seven Kingdoms, is their father.

Cersei is quite the manipulator, and tries to influence her husband often.  After her son Joffrey got into a slight melee with Arya, Arya’s direwolf Nymeria attacked him, injuring his hand.  Because of that, Cersei  insisted on having Arya Stark’s hand cut off because of Joffrey’s injury.  Luckily for Arya, the King refused.  Cersei then requested that the direwolf be killed, but since Arya had driven Nymeria away after the attack, the King allowed Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, to be killed in her place.

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She, along with her brother Jaime, were also responsible for Bran’s fall from the tower that caused Bran to become paralyzed from the waist down, because he had caught them having sex in an abandoned tower during one of his climbs on the wall. She became fearful that they would be revealed once Bran were to awaken from his coma, and when she went to speak with Catelyn about it, she pretended to have sympathy for Catelyn, all the while hoping that he would die.

Being that she’s very smart, she tries to teach her son Joffrey on the strategies of ruling a kingdom harshly but successfully.  Joffrey listens at first, but later on, we see she doesn’t have as much influence on him once he takes over the Throne.

When Eddard discovers her and Jaime’s secret affair and their children, she actually tries to defend her actions and her love for her brother as being acceptable, similar to that of the Targaryens, whose customs were to marry brother and sister together.  He insists upon her and her children leaving the capital, stating that he will not tell King Baratheon as long as she goes.  But she retorts, saying, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

And she eventually arranged for her husband, Robert Baratheon, to be killed during a hunting party, before Eddard Stark could tell him about Cersei and Jaime’s affair.  Fortunately for Cersei, her ploy was successful.

With Robert out of the way, Joffrey took over the throne, but not without Eddard speaking aloud that the will Robert had left said that the throne would go to the “rightful heir,” something that Eddard wrote instead of writing Joffrey’s name.  Cersei took the will and tore it up in front of him and court and ordered the Barristan to seize Eddard instead of the other way around.  Littlefinger sided with the Lannisters and betrayed the Starks at this point, having Eddard thrown in prison for treason.  He no longer had the advantage over Cersei.

Cersei again uses her manipulative ways to convince Sansa Stark to call her brother, Robb, to King’s Landing and swear fealty to King Joffrey in order to save their father’s life.  She does so, but Robb refuses, knowing that she’s being coerced by Cersei.

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Cersei did, by all accounts, did mean for Eddard Stark to be spared execution and have him serve the rest of his life at the Night’s Watch after he swore fealty.  Unfortunately, even her influence couldn’t persuade King Joffrey to think as wisely as her, and Eddard was executed after all.

It is also revealed that with Jaime Lannister taken prisoner by the Starks, she takes on an affair with another relative: her cousin Lancel Lannister.

Cersei is played by Lena Headey.  Her credits are extensive, with a couple of her most popular roles in recent times being Sarah Connor in the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and as another queen in the graphic movie 300, opposite Gerard Butler.  She’ll also be appearing in the upcoming 2012 film, Dredd.  Some have found Lena’s performance of Cersei as somewhat underperformed and not as vindictive.  But in regards to everyone else on the show, I believe her portrayal is perfectly fine, walking the thin line between evil and not-so-evil, being that her character apparently has a care for her children, but still wants to have control in a way that most women cannot.

 

 

VIDEO – Making Of Game Of Thrones: Season 2 – Weapons

Production video on the weapons made for Season 2.  There are some behind-the-scenes shots of Season 2, so if you want to be completely spoiler free, then you might not want to watch this quite yet.

Character Summary – Robert Baratheon

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Day 11 brings us the King, Robert Baratheon.

Robert was orphaned when his parents died in a shipwreck.  He thus was raised by Lord Jon Arryn, along with Eddard Stark.  They became fast friends. He was betrothed to Lyanna Stark, Eddard’s sister.  Unfortunately, the marriage did not come about because Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped Lyanna.  When they went to war against the Targaryen’s, Rhaegar was killed, however, so was Lyanna.

When Robert took the Iron Throne, he married Cersei Lannister to bring stability to the kingdom.  Robert accidentally called Cersei by Lyanna’s name, and thus began Cersei’s disgust and hatred towards Robert.

Robert wisely appointed Jon Arryn as Hand of the King.  Jon and Robert’s brother, Stannis, helped keep the Seven Kingdoms together, while Robert pretty much drank, ate, hunted, and whored during his time as King.  Because of this, he became a very overweight man.

Unfortunately, his reign suffered financially, leaving the crown in debt of millions.  He also had many bastard children due to his frequent whoring.

When Jon Arryn died, Robert requested Eddard to take over as Hand of the King, which Eddard accepted hesitantly.

When Robert found out that Daenerys Targaryen was pregnant, his grudge against the Targaryens had not been sated in the least, and he demanded that Eddard agree with him to have Daenerys killed.  When Eddard refused and resigned his post as Hand, it was only when Eddard was injured that Robert went back to him and made him take his post again, threatening to appoint Jaime Lannister the position if Eddard did not take it back.

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During one of Robert’s hunts, he had been given a very strong wine by his squire, something that was planned by Cersei.  He had gotten so inebriated from the wine, that he missed his mark on a boar, and the boar charged him, gravely injuring him.

The party brought Robert back, still alive, but just only long enough for him to have Eddard Stark write up a will putting “Joffrey” on the throne. However, Eddard put “trueborn heir” instead.

Robert died soon after and Joffrey was put on the throne, with the will, torn up by Cersei Lannister.

Robert Baratheon, although a good friend of Eddard, was a pig.  The fact that he was king only serves as a reminder that kings can be the most flawed people, despite being taken under the care of a caring foster father, Jon Arryn, and an honorable friend, Eddard Stark.  His drinking, whoring, spending and eating brought about his downfall.  Even he knew he wasn’t fit to rule, but he did.  At least he knew that his death or resignment would allow Joffrey to be king, and he didn’t want that.  Only when he was dying did he feel he had no choice.

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Mark Addy played the role of Robert Baratheon.  What’s interesting is that when I saw the King for the first time, I thought I recognized who it was, but it wasn’t until I looked him up did I remember him from another, not-quite-dark-somewhat-musical movie called A Knight’s Tale.  I was surprised, but in a good way.  He’s been in some other semi-memorable movies:  The Full Monty, The Time Machine, and Robin Hood to name some recognizable ones.  He seems to usually play the kind-hearted big guy, so it was really cool to see him play such a louse in this series.

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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.