Game of Thrones podcast Boars, Gore, and Swords returns to Boing Boing


This Sunday marks the return of Game of Thrones to HBO for its sixth season, and the return of recap podcast Boars, Gore, and Swords to the Boing Boing Podcast Network.

For the uninitiated, BGaS is a television and film podcast primarily about Game of Thrones, hosted by comedians Red Scott and Ivan Hernandez. Since 2011, the show has recapped and reviewed every episode of Game of Thrones, and covered much of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire extended universe. With a casual, occasionally filthy tongue in cheek, Ivan and Red cover the show, books, video games, and more, along with other TV shows and films like Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, The Force Awakens, and more.

To get listeners up to speed for the premiere, this week Ivan and Red reviewed the current status of the Top 100 GoT characters. From that one guy who got stabbed to that other guy who got stabbed, they go over everyone of note in the world of Westeros.

If you're new to the show, you can check out their full podcast archive. Some episodes of note include a discussion on the role of women, the first of the live game shows, and their redo of the GoT pilot.

If you want to connect with the guys on social media, you can follow them on Twitter @boarsgoreswords, like their Facebook fanpage, and email them. They also just launched a Patreon, so if you enjoy the show you can kick a few bucks their way. Read the rest

Donald Trump's animated head pasted on various Game of Thrones assholes


Huw Parkinson created this short film, entitled "Winter is Trumping." Read the rest

George R.R. Martin plays a zombie signing his new book on Syfy’s 'Z Nation'


Nothing will stop George R.R. Martin from completing his Game of Thrones novels. But the author and fantasy/science fiction icon will show up in the eighth epsiode of Syfy's series 'Z Nation,' which returns to TV tonight, Friday September 11, at 10 p.m. In the episode where Martin appears, he has been imprisoned by a character known as Collector, who kidnaps celebrity zombies. Collector chains George to a desk for his own nefarious purposes, but evidently none of this gets in the way of George finishing the damn books everyone wants to read so badly.

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The Game of Thrones cartographer explains how to draw maps

How to draw a map - a tutorial on creating a map from sketch to finally rendered map
If you've ever wanted to make your own map—either of the real world or a fantasy world of your creation—these tips are essential.

The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones

Like any epic fictional world, the setting of George RR Martin’s massively successful A Song of Ice and Fire series is rife with a labyrinthine backstory and complex history that drives the story’s action and helps explain some of its characters' deeper motivations. At first blush, The World of Ice and Fire is just a lore book meant to set the record straight on historical events and eras preceding the series. However, through the voice of Maester Yandel, the work’s biased narrator and compiler, Martin, Garcia and Antonsson spawn more questions and greater uncertainty, with the Maester himself even admitting at times his ignorance as to crucial details. There are the necessary elements of rich and plentiful artwork, maps that seem torn and affixed to the page, and disconcertingly intertwined family trees that connect this history to the events of the books and television show. Then there is the attention to the small details, like the use of fancifully script-like fonts in titles, the depiction of heraldry with attribution to certain houses, and especially the dedication by Maester Yandel, “To his most esteemed and gracious lord, Tommen,” with the names of “Robert” and “Joffrey” barely distinguishable and faded underneath Tommen’s name.

As a physical object, The World of Ice and Fire also feels like an artifact plucked from the universe that it describes. To hold this book and read through its pages is to inhabit the world of ice and fire and to be presented with the same kind of piecemeal knowledge of that world with which its characters themselves struggle. Read the rest

Game of Thrones deaths as pixel art animations


“All Pixels Must Die” is the work of Filipe Costa, Matheus Muniz and Paulo Bohrer II. Spoilers! Nasty, nasty spoilers. [via] Read the rest

Oh m' god, listen to Game of Thrones' Emilia Clark do a perfect "Khali from the Valley" accent


As if Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke (Khaleesi) wasn't amazing enough, she's just revealed yet another talent: her perfect Valley girl impersonation. After talking to Jimmy Kimmel about ghosts she encountered while shooting Terminator: Genisys in New Orleans, she explains how she disguised herself before heading off to Home Depot at 3am. Part of the disguise was her perfect Valley girl accent. All I can say is, totally awesome!

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Game of Thrones editor killed by lion at safari park


The tourist who was mauled by a lioness at a South African safari park was 29-year-old Katherine Chappell, an American who worked as a special effects editor on Game of Thrones. She was snapping photos from her car with her window down and was unaware that a lion was approaching. Other cars honked, trying to warn her, but the lion attacked before she was able to react. Chappell was in South Africa on an anti-poaching mission. Read more of the story here. Read the rest

A director on Game of Thrones' epic White Walker battle

The latest episode recapped with a special eye on its screencraft.

Game Of Thrones characters sing “I’m So Excited”

Well, kind of. Read the rest

Game of Thrones' creepy cult was inspired by Catholic reformers, says G.R.R. Martin


The current season of Game of Thrones saw the rise of a powerful sect in King's Landing, led by a down-to-Earth but ruthless leader bent on imposing religious law on Westeros's corrupt aristocracy. Read the rest

Coldplay turns Game Of Thrones into a musical


Chris Martin reveals his unexpectedly solid comedy chops in this Red Nose Day sketch. Oh and Peter Dinklage sings. Read the rest

In "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", Game of Thrones mocks the power of powerful women

Game of Thrones was dealt a card denied by history to George Lucas: when everything gets buried in walking, talking and politics, it can always just have someone raped.

Death—and dragons—stalk the powerful in Game of Thrones

An expert film-maker reviews the latest episode of the elaborately-staged historical fantasy series.

What Westeros would look like in Google Maps


Forget George R. R. Martin's map book: an Etsy user called MongoLife has reimagined the Game of Thrones continent of Westeros in Google Maps. Read the rest

Game of Thrones heads for uncertain destinations

Journeys are common threads woven to form epic tales, and "Sons of the Harpy" saw key characters embark, abducted or pursued toward Game of Thrones' far-flung theaters of action.

Stuff happens in Game of Thrones

Someone gets his head chopped off, it's pretty cool.

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