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

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Cute ‘Game of Thrones’ action figures

Check out these soon-to-be-released Game of Thrones action figures from POP!. These are actually really cute in my opinion.  I’m not certain cute is what they were aiming for, but if so they succeeded!  I actually think I might need to get these, especially that White Walker, what do you think of him? To see more head on over to Kotaku now!

Source:  The Mary Sue

 

Ned Stark & Jaime Lannister’s Lightsaber Battle!

Who’s ready to watch something truly epic?!  You all remember the scene from season one of Game of Thrones when Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark have a bit of a duel, right?  After Stark’s wife made the impulsive decision to take Tyrion captive, Jaime feels the need to let Ned know he wants his brother back (even if they aren’t close, he’s still family)!  Well, imagine that scene with lightsabers instead of swords.  Yes, lightsabers!

You Tube user  Joel935M is the mastermind behind this brilliant video.  Impressed?  We sure are!

Source: The Clicker

A Game of Thrones Cartoon

Here’s a humorous cartoon using characters and events from season one of Game Of Thrones.  I find the one with Daenerys and Ser Jorah especially amusing.  Enjoy!

This is the work of blackbirdrose on DeviantArt

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!

Game of Thrones Season 1: Episode 5 – ‘The Wolf and the Lion’

Thank you to all of you who have been following along with our Game of Thrones, Season 1 recaps, with the assistance of our friends at Picktainment.com.

As you probably remember, things started to get VERY interesting in Episode 5. We now sit halfway through the first season. You can read through Adam Spunberg’s FULL EPISODE 5 REVIEW, “The Wolf and the Lion” by clicking HERE!


Now that the essential characters have been established – though we keep getting to know more about them, subtleties and all – the focus has turned to action. And by action, I mean plotting and scheming, cunning maneuvers and fateful crossed-the-Rubicon mistakes. The pot has been stirring to a boil and all those simmering bubbles are colliding against each other in inevitable alliance and conflict. Who is with whom? Who will make the next big move? The fact that so much of this is unclear is a testament to how intelligently wrought the show is and how unpredictable its characters have become; you feel you know them, but you don’t really know them.

One thing we can be sure of: The Starks are the moral epicenter of it all. Not every Stark is as pure as the rest – one gets a bit haughty with a prostitute, for instance, though he is just a ward – but they are the only House with integrity left. Ned Stark is honorable to a fault, even if it means crossing his friend King Robert (and rightfully so – it’s become ever more apparent that Robert is not the admirable monarch he once was). For a while, Ned Stark accepted the King’s shortcomings and sacrificed his dignity in small doses, but when it comes to murdering Daenerys Targaryen and unborn son, he will have no part in it. This moral stand could prove extremely costly, as enemies of his are ripe to pounce on his loss of favor.

And then there’s Lady Stark, who is also “honorable to a fault,” in this case a severe fault. Determined that the dwarf Tyrion Lannister tried to kill her son Bran, she kidnaps him and takes him on a fool’s journey to Eyrie – the place where Jon Arryn resided with her sister. She expects her sister to adhere to her wishes, but instead finds an insane woman breastfeeding a boy far too old for his mother’s milk (one of the more iconic scenes). As Tyrion proves his mettle by saving her life, she is suddenly helpless as her sister throws him in perhaps the most artistic dungeons ever depicted on screen: a cell with wide open windows, all on the edge of a cliff. It is these unusual touches that separate Game of Thrones from the usual fare, hypnotizing its viewers into an escapist realm beyond our own.

Episode 5, The Wolf and The Lion also adds embellishment to some of the more minor characters, converting them into influential ones. Littlefinger is clearly important and up to now, seems on the Starks’ side. At the same time, the eunuch, Lord Varys, is playing multiple sides in a way that can only be sinister. All these schemes and manipulations converge on a final showdown, where the exiled Ned Stark is ambushed by the abominable Jaime Lannister. Our hero, Stark, is reduced to his knees, severely wounded and without his entire regiment of guards – yes, Thrones can be quite brutal, too.

To read the full review at Picktainment.com, go HERE!

Game of Thrones Season 1: Episode 3 – ‘Lord Snow’

So far we’ve given you recaps of Episodes 1 and 2 from Season 1 as we prepare for the start of Season 2. Today, we add another Game of Thrones episode review, provided by our allies at Picktainment.com

Below is an excerpt from the Season 1, Episode 3 review by thefandom.net’s owen Adam Spunberg. These were written immediately after the episodes aired, so you might enjoy the fresh perspective. You can read the FULL REVIEW by clicking HERE!

Picking up right where The Kingsroad (Episode 2) left off, Ned Stark is now at King’s Landing, Jon Snow is training for the Night’s Watch, and the Targaryens continue to move west with their Dothraki horsemen. These three main plot lines are weaved in and out artistically like a Bosch triptych, paced perfectly and transitioned with superlative skill. Because all three focal points are equally enthralling, the suspense roars in triple; the viewer desperately wants to know what will happen in one story arc, but does not mind shifting to another where the same eager feeling pervaded before. To make an analogy, it would be as if a reader pulled out his/her three favorite books and read them at the same time, shuffling from one to the next without disappointment. Thrones has been just THAT good!

There is plenty of scheming going on, with most characters embodying a lighter or shadier color on a gray spectrum, but one heroine has emerged as angelically white as Kate Middleton in a wedding dress: Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). The little, tomboyish daughter represents all of Ned Stark’s best qualities, with a little extra fire and grit. Think of a softer Mattie Ross from True Grit, with a profound understanding of the decaying world around her, and yet she also displays youthful exuberance and a great love for all things good. She does not just fight for good: she is goodness personified, capable of standing up to a sniveling prince and jumping into the arms of her loving, bastard half-brother. She can fight with a sword and make it seem like a “dance,” and then smile like a child who stumbles upon something magical. A wonder to behold, her character is developed in extraordinary fashion.

And then we have Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke), the silver-haired beauty who is now discovering the perks of her ill-begotten marriage. Her despicable brother may have forced her to wed the leader of the Dothraki, but she is finally finding her inner voice. We still don’t know what will come of her newfound influence, but her transformation from meek, emotionless subservient to I-am-worth-something force is beautiful to observe. Winter is coming, but Daenerys warms herself to Thrones fans every scene.

Lastly, we have Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in his plight to discover himself north of the wall, assisted by the ever-so-likable dwarf, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Over the course of his career, Dinklage has played a number of intriguing characters (The Station Agent, for one), but he has really come into his own as the sharp-witted Lannister runt, scheming at something genius.

To read the full review at Picktainment.com, go HERE!