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!

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Character Summary – Tyrion Lannister

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We are going to try to do double duty and send you one of two character summaries, first one up is on Tyrion Lannister, aka  The Imp.

Tyrion is the youngest child of Tywin and Joanna Lannister, and brother to twins Cersei and Jaime.

Because Tyrion is a dwarf, he has also been nicknamed the Imp or the Halfman.  However.  Because of his deformity, he is not really respected or loved by his father, or his sister.  Also, it didn’t help that his mother died giving birth to him, as they put the blame on him for her death.  However, due to their rejection of him and his size, Jaime seems much more willing to accept him and even sincerely cares for his little brother.

Jaime even arranged a “chance meeting” with an attempted rape victim, whom Tyrion fell in love with and married, only to find out by his father that she was hired by Jaime because he wanted Tyrion to be happy.  Tywin paid the prostitute a silver coin for every guard she had sex with and and made Tyrion watch.  For this reason, he vows to never marry or have a lover, and thus only beds with prostitutes.

Tyrion is perceptive, shrewd, and definitely has a soft spot for those who are mistreated, misunderstood, and outcast.  Even though his size causes problems and persecution for him at times, it is mitigated by his family-wealth, social standing, and his intellect, which he has much of.

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In the beginning of the series, we see him befriend Jon Snow, Eddard Stark’s bastard son, because he feels he has a kinship with him.  He states to Jon that “All dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eyes”.  This friendship continues as he joins the Night’s Watch recruits as they travel to The Wall, and even promises Jon that he will help Bran, who is paralyzed from the waist down, as he did Jon by helping him find his identity.  When Tyrion arrives in Winterfell, he offers Bran the blueprints for a saddle that will allow him to ride a horse.

His compassion isn’t met with caring eyes when goes on his way back to King’s Landing.  He comes across Catelyn Stark on his way to King’s Landing, and finds himself in a pickle when she accuses him of attempting to kill Bran.  When they travel to Catelyn’s sister’s land, they are assaulted, and Tyrion actually ends up saving Catelyn’s life, however, they still take him to Eyrie for trial.  Catelyn’s sister also accuses him of killing her husband, Lord Jon Arryn.  Luckily, his life is saved when someone literally fights in his place and wins.

He realizes that maybe his siblings had something to do with both Jon Arryn’s death and Bran’s fall.

When Tyrion finally reaches his father, who has invaded the Riverlands due to Tyrion’s capture.  Tywin takes this as an opportunity to claim the Iron Throne now, and has Tyrion and his troops battle against some Stark forces in the Battle of Green Fork.  They win, but that battle was actually only a diversion to another battle that was lost to them, in which Jaime Lannister is now held captive.

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Tywin retreats and has Tyrion go back to King’s Landing as Hand of the King for Joffrey Baratheon, Tyrion’s nephew, basically to prevent the boy from making things worse after Joffrey had Eddard Stark beheaded.  Interesting and entertaining little tidbit is that Tyrion may seem to be the one to have a major affect on Joffrey, since he has no fear of slapping the boy, as he did thrice when Joffrey vocally refused to his uncle that doesn’t care to pay his respects to the Stark family after Bran’s fall.

Yeah, I like this character a lot.

Tyrion is played by Peter Dinklage, one we should all admire.  He has a fine list of movie and television credits to his name, including The Station Agent, Elf, Nip/Tuck, Death at a Funeral (brilliant in both versions!), and Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.  He won the Satellite, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tyrion Lannister, which was well deserved.  This guy is an amazing actor and it seems that the role of Tyrion was just meant for him to play.

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Character Summary – Jon Snow

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Today we give you Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell.

“A diamond in the rough is worth just as much as a diamond in the clear.” Maxwell Ingram said that.

Jon Snow is known to the people as the bastard son of Eddard Stark.  He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings.  Identity of his real mother has not yet been revealed.  I love this character, his loyalty, love and respect for the Starks despite the alienation he faces now and then from Catelyn Stark, Ed’s wife.  Though she’s just being a human (who sees Jon’s presence as constant reminder of her husband’s infidelity, making him feel unwelcome) in not being able to connect with the ‘Bastard’ son, I still feel bad for Jon.  On their way back home after the execution of a deserter of Night’s Watch, they encounter direwolf pups, and Snow takes the albino one as he identifies it with himself as an outcast from its litter.  Amidst all of the issues involving his bastardy he got on well with his half-siblings particularly Robb and Arya (both of whom I adore!)

Jon’s position both inside and outside the family subtly chafe him over the years until, when he nears adulthood, he joins the Night’s Watch, after his uncle Benjen suggested that the Watch could use a man like him.

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On his journey to the Wall, Tyrion Lannister accompanies him, and their friendship is fostered by their shared position as noble outsiders.  Jon also protects the shy and soft-hearted Samwell Tarly from bullying by some other recruits.  Gradually he also becomes a natural leader to his fellow trainees.

His new friends save him from the ultimate fate of death as he is torn between his family and the vows to the Watch.  He wants to join his brother Robb in the fight against the Lannisters but deserting the Night’s Watch has the penalty of death.  Finally his friends – Sam and others – persuade him to leave the thought.

Jon finally decides to honor his bonds and fully commit to the Watch, he accepts his place as Mormont squire and prepares for the journey north, on the large Ranging into the Far north that Mormont leads.

He was raised as Stark and Northman and, in many ways, took to their values of honor, and later on, even when forced with horrendous decisions he stays morally correct and upright.

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Jon also has a strong warg connection with his direwolf, Ghost, also a likeable character.

Jon Snow is played by Kit Harington.  Kit has no known credits prior to Game of Thrones, but is excellently cast as the easily likable Snow.  Kit plays him with subtle brilliance and hopefully this will lead him to further great roles.  As it is, he is already slated to be in a fantasy/adventure film with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore called The Seventh Son, which is set to come out early 2013.

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Twinter is Coming – Tyrion Lannister

We continue our ‘Twinter is Coming’ #fakewesteros series (which has been very successful so far — thank you!) with everyone’s favorite dwarf: Tyrion Lannister. Yes, he’s one of the Lannisters and he’s really short, but he also speaks with a snarky kindness and carries an insatiable wit. Please welcome our well-traveled friend, who has been to the Wall and back, and now here!

First things first — FOLLOW him on Twitter!

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

If someone called you “bastard” instead of dwarf, would you take it as an insult?

Tyrion Lannister: Yes, only my father can call me a bastard. On a big enough pile of gold I can be tall as any man.  But, take away my last name and I would be jousting on pigs within the month.

How would you describe your relationship with your father?

Tyrion Lannister: Mutual distrust and animosity peppered with the occasional short or bald jape.  The man is a monster, which may be why he finds it so easy to call me one.  However, blood is blood.  And if Jaime can stand being inside Cersei so often, then I can stand a glass of wine with my father every now and then.

What made you decide to become Tyrion? Do you identify with his character or was it just a fun escape?

Tyrion Lannister: Like many readers, Tyrion was easily my favorite character in the books.  When I didn’t see a Tyrion account I decided to give it a shot.  The opportunity to essentially ‘speak’ as my favorite character was irresistible.  I certainly didn’t think I would still be tweeting 11 months later, but the community of Fake Westeros is full of some incredibly talented and funny people. I’m looking forward to many more years of Tyrion clogging up twitter feeds.

Also, logistically: I am quite a bit taller but quite a bit poorer as well.

You once shouted in the Eyrie: “When I was 12 I milked my eel into a pot of turtle stew. I flogged the one-eyed snake, I skinned my sausage. I made the bald men cry into the turtle stew, which I believe my sister ate. At least I hope she did.” Could you elaborate on that experience, using PG-friendly words?

Tyrion Lannister: I was a lonely and confused child.  Like any 12 year old boy I was curious, and there was a certain cook with large bosoms who showed me enough compassion and skin that I became infatuated.  Of course, Cersei caught wind of my crush, and had the poor girl working in a stable for some lesser lord within a week.  I needed revenge, for despite being a dwarf I am still a Lannister, and such things come naturally to us.

Yet, I only had two skills as a 12 year old: tumbling and strumming the one string harp.  So I sought my revenge the best way I could:  I summoned Rosie Palm and her five sisters and did what had to be done.  I still won’t touch turtle stew to this day, and I’m pretty sure if won’t be served at the Eyrie for a long time.

What was it like slapping Joffrey around?

Tyrion Lannister: Sore on the wrist, light on the conscience and heavy on the personal satisfaction.

FOLLOW Tyrion Lannister here: @Tyrion_Halfman

Twinter is Coming – Samwell Tarly


We thought long and hard about who to kick off our ‘Twinter is Coming’ #fakewesteros series with, and naturally, we decided on the lovable, somewhat-pudgy-but-surprisingly-fierce Samwell Tarly. He may not always get people’s respect, and his fighting skills might be a little suspect for a guardian of the Night’s Watch, but he’s one hell of a funny tweeter. We think you’ll really enjoy this opening interview!

And PLEASE — FOLLOW him on Twitter!

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

If you saw a White Walker, a wildling, and Joffrey Lannister eating scones and muffins north of the Wall, what would you do?

Samwell Tarly: This is a trick question, so I wrote it on some parchment and left it on Maester Aemon’s desk, as soon as he sees it, he’ll help me answer. I’m much more clever than I appear, there’s no way you can fool me. Jon says I should be more brave and I’m trying so WHAT KIND OF SCONES OKAY I LOVE SCONES I WOULD STEAL THEM ARE YOU HAPPY NOW.

Now.  Now you have me crying.  No I’m not.  Men of the Night’s Watch don’t cry and I’m not crying it’s just the wind.  The wind can get pretty bad when you live in the shadow of a 700 foot wall of ICE. It’s very cold.  Cold wind.

(Okay I’m crying but what kind of scones seriously)

What made you decide to become Samwell Tarly? Is there something you identify with him or is this just a fun escape?

Samwell Tarly: #OOC. One of my friends said I should follow twitter accounts like @JonBastSnow and @RickonStark and @SuddenlySandor because he thought they were well done and I guess he thought I would be the kind of dude who would like some weirdo pretending to be someone else on twitter.

My first reaction was, its kind of creepy/sad, y’know?  Who really has enough time to role play a character from a fantasy book and soon to be TV show?  Right?  Only superfan shipper nerds and dudes who live in their parent’s basements that run fan sites.

It turns out I live in my parents basement and I was thinking about running a fan site based on other peoples fan sites, a sort of meta fan site, so I was perfect creeper/nerd/weirdo/shipper to role play on Twitter.  That, and I saw the amount of followers that the accounts aforementioned collected, and was like, you know, I could do that! If someone could pretend to be Jon Snow and beg for cuddles from, well, anyone really, and have over 6,000 followers, then I could probably do that, too.  I did about five seconds of research and realized that Jon needed a Sam, and since no one else was doing Sam, I decided to fill his oversized shoes.

(my secret #fakewesteros dream is to play another character, which I do not, sorry to say, people who think I am @jonBastSnow)

(and I’m not John Bradley West either, his tweets are brilliant on their own and he plays Sam in REAL LIFE better than anyone could have ever thought)

Samwell is pretty easy to RP.  He’s nervous, scarred, a huge coward, and hopelessly in love with Jon Snow (as far as I can see), but also has a very dry wit about him (in the show anyway).  Those traits are all easy things to play off of.  Everything else just fell into place.

In my own, real life, I am the opposite of Sam.  I’m smart, handsome, confident, built like an Olympic athlete and Jon Snow is hopelessly in
love with ME.

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

Samwell Tarly: I’m much too lazy to tell you my favorite tweets, since I think they all are the pinnacle of high brow humor and I usually giggle like a school girl when I read them.  I like the ones about food, working in the rookery, and especially the jokes about old people, fat people, and blind people.  We can skip all the jokes about “where to put it.”

The best ones is where I interact with Sandor, Theon, Gregor, Hot Pie, etc.   Those #FW accounts (as well as many, many others) make it almost like a comedy show.  We should charge.

If Cersei tried to seduce you, would you be able to resist her charms?

Samwell Tarly: I took vows.

How are your fighting skills these days?

Samwell Tarly: I fight like I have sea lions where my arms are supposed to be.

Were you the one who coined the term #FakeWesteros?

Samwell Tarly: Why yes, that was me!  While I was no way the one who created the idea of twittering ASOIAF characters, I do think I was the first one to say #fakewesteros, which everyone hated at first until everyone started using it.  Which is cool.  I have a ledger here, and I’ve been tracking every time someone uses the phrase.  So if someone tweets #FakeWesteros, that someone know owes me a dollar per use.

FOLLOW Samwell Tarly here: @theSamwellTarly

Game of Thrones Season 1: Episode 2 – ‘The Kingsroad’

We continue our countdown to Season 2 of Game of Thrones by reviewing each episode from Season 1, thanks to our good pals at Picktainment.com

Here’s an excerpt from the Season 1, Episode 2 review by Bryce Van Kooten. These were written immediately after the episodes aired, so you might enjoy the fresh perspective. You can read the FULL REVIEW by clicking HERE!


Game of Thrones hasn’t had a single bad episode in its run. Granted, we’re at two, but nevertheless, its one of the most enjoyable and most intricate new shows on television (basic or cable).  If you haven’t seen it, (and you’re into well-made, utterly-epic renditions of medieval, relic storytelling) you’re going to want to check it out.

Last night’s episode, entitled “The Kingsroad” took off right where the pilot left us — Bran’s fate remained in doubt after his accident on the ramparts and Daenerys (after being pledged to the massive warrior king, Drogo) sought refuge in her maidservants in an attempt to learn how to live (and please) her newfound husband. Meanwhile, back at Winterfell, Ned (Sean Bean) continues to make good on his promise to serve as the King’s Hand taking his daughters Sansa and Arya with him and it’s only a matter of time before tempers run high and teenagers start acting like teenagers. Ah, and the Dire Wolves, can’t forget about the Dire Wolves.


I have to admit, I was fairly worried about tonight’s episode – the pilot was terrific and the drama built within the final moments drew in even the most cynical viewer so I thought that feeling alone would make Episode One tough to beat. Though, Game of Thrones delivered. They gave us a glimpse at a few razor-edge characters (The Dire Wolves turned out to be good and the youngest Lannister Prince turned out to be a real wuss … er, bad. I meant to say bad).

Depending on the direction they take the show, The Kingsroad gave us a GREAT platform to jump into the remainder of the season. Personally, I could hang out all day at The Wall all day long. And now, with Jon Snow (the bastard son of Ned Winterfell) heading north to take his lifelong oath to become a part of the Night’s Watch, it seems like it won’t be long until we get to find out a few of the mysterious surrounding this great enigma. The Wall is a bit like Game of Thrones’ Smoke Monster, right? My mind immediately starts to theorize whenever its discussed and the added benefit of the White Walkers and the lifelong oath and the fact that winter seems to kill dozen of people each year only add to The Wall’s mystery. Brilliant.

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