Game of Thrones Inforgaphic and Season 2 Blu-ray Giveaway!

Seer Interactive has teamed up with Connect Your Home to bring you this informative infographic detailing the events that won Robert Baratheon the Iron Throne!  Once you’ve digested the all the details of Robert’s Rebellion, enter Connect Your Home’s Game of Thrones giveaway to win a copy of Season 2 on Blu-ray!  For details on how to enter, click here!

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Win A Game of Thrones Crown

HBO is holding a giveaway contest for U.S. and U.K. residents!  All you have to do is enter your email on their contest page.

Here are the two crowns up for prize:

Grand Prize: Robert Baratheon's Crown

First Place Prize: Joffrey Baratheon's Crown

For U.S. residents, enter here.

For U.K. residents, enter here.

Thanks to WinterIsComing.Net for the info.

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!

What do Baseball and Game of Thrones have in common?

Apparently, there is a parallel. HBO and MLB have teamed up on a massive cross-marketing promotion, as both of their “seasons” kick off this week.

Is Ozzie Guillen MLB's version of Robert Baratheon? (He should hope not!)

Here’s an excerpt from the joint-promotion article by Mark Newman:

Uneasy as always lies the head that wears the crown, in “Game of Thrones” and over 162 games of a regular season. No team has successfully repeated as champion since the Yankees ruled from 1998-2000, and the Cardinals will try to do that amid substantial change.

Absent are star Albert Pujols, manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan. Adam Wainwright and Carlos Beltran are reasons they hope to retain their throne.

“We’re going to have a good team,” said Cardinals third baseman David Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP after a sudden rise to starring cast status in October. “I think everybody knows that. It’s going to be different not having Albert down there, not having Tony down there. But it’s definitely going to be exciting.”

Exciting is having a wall watching over you the entire time, whether it is the one that separates you from dragons or the one that separates a ball in play from a home run. The wall is a fact of life, rife with dangers, traversed at one’s own risk, always protected and sometimes revealing a Monster.

Exciting is the return to the mound on Thursday of Justin Verlander (0-0) and Clayton Kershaw (0-0), reigning Cy Young winners from the American League and National League, respectively. It is the feeling already experienced with the Japan Opening Series, when local legend Ichiro Suzuki had four hits for Seattle in the season’s first game and newcomer Yoenis Cespedes clubbed the big home run for Oakland in Game 2.

“I wake up early every day and get to the field early and work hard because the baseball is different than in Cuba,” Cespedes said there.

There are no men like them.

Whatever happens in coming episodes before an approaching winter will determine what men stand alone.

Based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is described as “an epic drama set in the grounded fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years.” Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter, and indeed that is exactly what happens in baseball. The games are played while the weather allows, all fates to be settled before the onset of cold months that steal the drama for a while.

In King’s Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed Hand of the King.

In Homer’s Landing, above sections 501 through 503 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, they wait again for something fantastical that makes your heart drop, the way it did in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, where Freese and Lance Berkman battled back with one strike left.

A new leader will rise among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding new perils for Jon Snow and the order of the Night’s Watch.

A new leader will emerge in the batting and pitching statistical leaderboards. Maybe Jose Bautista will be the home run king of all MLB again, making him the first person to do so since the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth.

Make sure to see the full article HERE because there’s a pretty amusing MLB-Game of Thrones mashup video!

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.

 

 

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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Twinter is Coming – Cersei Lannister

We are thrilled to deliver you our fourth portion in the ‘Twinter is Coming’ #fakewesteros series, which has been immensely exciting to post. The interview answers so far have been absolutely hilarious, so give a ton of credit to the personalities behind these #fakewesteros accounts.

Queen Cersei Lannister may seem nasty at times, and you may not agree with her sexual appetites, but she’s also a woman who hoped to be loved and was treated miserably by her husband, King Robert Baratheon. She also tweets and talks with a biting satire, so raise your glasses to the woman nobody would want to mess with, Cersei Lannister!

But before all else — FOLLOW her on Twitter!

Part I: Samwell Tarly
Part II: Tyrion Lannister
Part III: Sansa Stark
Part IV: Cersei Lannister
Next: Theon Greyjoy

Did you ever, in the course of sleeping with your brother, consider whether it might be a little wrong?

Cersei Lannister: There is nothing wrong with having the best. If your family comes from dirt and/or is regarded as a powerless, mud-farming family of the secondary-character, sideshow variety (eg: the Tullys), then I could see incest being a disgusting abomination. But when you are a LANNISTER, you are the best, and you need to be with the best — therefore, other Lannisters (not Tyrion). As it stands, there is no one who is my equal. Jaime is as close as I can get. If you think it’s wrong, then your opinion doesn’t matter. And you can always be executed.

Did you respect Ned Stark as a character, and could you ever come to peace with his deceased sister?

Cersei Lannister: I blame Ned Stark for his own death. I have no respect for slow-moving creatures who try to play with Lions and wind up getting hurt. As for dear Lyanna, I have nothing against useless, rural sluts who only get by on their looks. I wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Who are your favorite people to tweet among the #FakeWesteros people? Who’s the funniest?

Cersei Lannister: @Tyrion_Halfman is insightful and appropriately pathetic. I want to kill him most of the time, and one day, after I’ve hacked his account and laid waste to all he holds dear, I will. I am somewhat sentimental about all my little Twars and abuse-hurling friends. @Lady_Margaery tries again and again to foil me, but seriously, that shemale has no idea who she’s messing with. @GregorPartyDude is one of the sickest SOBs you ever will meet on Twitter — his ease of violence and appreciation for the truly bane makes me laugh.

But by far the highlight of the Twitterscape are the fans, my Lannister loyalists. They think I am always right, and that makes them correct.

How crushed were you when Robert Baratheon met his end?

Cersei Lannister: I wore my celebration panties to his funeral. Does that answer your question?

What are some of your sauciest tweets? If you don’t want to go looking back, maybe then just give us a couple recent ones you liked.

Cersei Lannister: 

“First rule of Incest Club – you do not talk about Incest Club.”

“A princess waits for rescue. A real woman saves her own damn self.”

“All in favor of excessive male nudity in Season 2, say AYE #GameOfThrones”

“I want what every woman wants: chocolate, good sex, and to watch my enemies suffer.”

“The #GameOfThrones theme park should have rides on which you think you’re gonna die, but you don’t. And then you do.”

“God grant me the serenity to accept those I cannot kill, the courage to kill the ones I can, and the balls to ignore the difference.”

Most importantly: “If you can`t be rich, at least be interesting. And if you can`t be interesting, at least be QUIET.”

FOLLOW Cersei Lannister here: @Queen_Cersei