With the season 7 of Game of Thrones all done and gone, and with no clues left in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, there really isn't much to do with a life of an average GoT show fan. Well, we can either search the web for spoilers and set images for season 8, or we can enjoy the show so far. I've opted for the later, focusing my efforts this time on Game of Thrones quotes.
Being an avid fan of the show, I could expect which characters and quotes are the most favored, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do some research on the topic. I found some real gems, like this Game of Thrones quotes collection, but also some small scale articles. I did google searches on several Game of Thrones quotes phrases, trying to see which quotes occur the most. The other tool I used was Pinterest – the number of pins related to the quoutes. Final tool in my arsenal is Amazon – I’ve got insight in the minds of Amazon readers.
We have witnessed some great characters inseven seasons so far, but I presume the best is yet to come. Tyrion and Tywin Lannister, Littlefinger, Olena Tyrel... they all had their share of memorable quotes which helped the show establish itself as one of the best pieces of filming ever displayed on television. Only these four could make a book of quotes among themselves. Add Varys and Daenerys to the mix, and you can easily collect over a hundred of quotes. Actually, those guys at hoopoequotes did that. Anyway, we have to start with something, and it can only be Tyrion. It seems that this quote has been a number one quote of Amazon users:
Sadly, on these lists there is no room for one of my favorite characters in the show. He only has one quote, but it is definitely the best one:
One of my other favorites is always honorable Ned Stark. I’ve chosen two quotes this time, but there is always much truth and moral in the words of Eddard Stark.
Another favorite of mine has always been Jon Snow. However, he is a bit dull when it comes to words. He is not a man of many. Words. So, regardless of how hard I’ve tried, I could find one good quote by Jon Snow. Do you agree with me? Even some others, like the author of the article on quotes by men of GoT universe, agree with me. This one completely omitted Jon too. I do, however, want to honor Jon, but I will do so through Tyrion’s words:
There isn’t much poetry in the Game of Thrones universe, so finding a gem in the words of Ser Barristan Selmy seemed rather odd, but there they are:
To finish you off, here is my favorite Game of Thrones quote:
Sis, I know you’re reading this :)
Anyway, this was my collection. Share it if you like it. If you don’t... don’t keep it for yourself, let me know in the comments. And if you’re hungry for more, here’s another quotes article I’ve found and want to support author.
George Raymond Richard Martin (Bayonne (New Jersey), September 20, 1948) is an American writer of high fantasy, science fiction and scenarios and also film producer. He has taught journalism and has been an organizer of chess tournaments.
Martin wrote a lot of short stories in the 70s and won several awards, including the Hugo Award for the short story A Song for Lyra (1974), The Way of Cross and Dragon (1979) and Sand Kings (1979), which he also won the Nebula Award. In 1985 he received the novella Portraits of His Children a second Nebula. For The Skin Trade in 1988 he received the World Fantasy Award and in 1997 with his fourth Hugo Blood of the Dragon. Martin is also the winner of six Locus Awards, including for the first three novels A Song of Ice and Fire.
Although much of his work belongs to the genre of horror fantasy, Martin also a writer of science fiction and screenplays. From 1986 Martin worked for television in the new series The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. He was also editor, responsible for, among other things, the Wild Cards cycle, which several writers, including Roger Zelazny, could take place in the same universe shared their books. Martins short story with the same name was filmed as Night Flyers in 1987.
In 1996, Martin returned to writing. He began the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the work that made him immensely popular with the public. His works are distinguished mainly by the textured realism. When Martin there are no totally bad opponents or purely good people, so many likable characters die, often cruelly, often by treachery. The suffering of ordinary people under the wars of kings without pity mapped.
In 2007 the U.S. pay-TV channel HBO got the TV rights of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire, after which followed a TV series called Game of Thrones, which premiered on April 17, 2011. George R. R. Martin is part of the team of producers of this series and writes every season a TV script. For this season 1 episode was 8 (The Pointy End) and season two was this episode 9 (Blackwater).
A Song of Ice and Fire cycle
If some of the reasons you love watching Game of Thrones series include blood, sex, and violence, then you might love Spartacus: Gods of The Area even better.
While Game of Thrones introduce us to the medieval-like world of Court plots of those who are thirsty for power, and opposed by those who think they know a better way, Spartacus tries to bring us closer to the story of the famous history character, Spartacus.
Since the third season of Game of Thrones should come out in March 2013, we have lots of time to fill until then, and Spartacus might be the perfect choice.
Spartacus – real history
Even if you hated history in school, you probably have heard about Spartacus, a former gladiator-slave who was a leader of the slaves’ rebellion during the ancient Roman Republic. Starz (American premium subscription channel) decided to make a series that will show us more details about the real history of Spartacus.
However, this was not to be another historical series, one of many who begin to bore us with facts. This was to be a series that will attract younger viewers, those who want to feel a rush of adrenaline when watching.
Of course, there is only so much you can find out from the real history, so they decided to give life to the character whose motives to run a rebellion of the slaves that shook the Roman Republic to the core are quite personal.
The first season was called Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and it featured lots of “graphic violence, strong sexual content, and coarse language”. We won’t tell you so much about that series, but we will introduce you to the prequel of the series – Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
This prequel introduces us to some characters that appear in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and also gives insights into the plot that takes place in the already mentioned Blood and Sand season.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
The story of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is full of plots that are aimed at gaining more power, but the story is far less complex than the one taking place in Game of Thrones, because Spartacus features far less characters. Even then, Spartacus will not leave you feeling disappointed, or like you missed something.
House of Batiatus is one of the houses in Capua that trains slaves to become gladiators. He has a slave Gannicus, who is a mighty gladiator, and could easily become Champion of Capua, thus gaining his freedom. With the first episode, we also meet Crixus, a Gaul who was a mighty warrior, but was enslaved by the Romans.
Batiatus and his wife Lucretia do what they can to break into the circle of the better houses in Capua, but their rivals are not not so pleased.
A new arena is being built, Batiatus wants his gladiators to have their place in it at the grand opening. Rivaling house Tullius’ leaders will do what they can to stop it from happening.
Lucretia and her old friend Gaia, a promiscuous widow, throw a party for a important politician from Rome, and the party ends up in an orgy where Gannicus is forced to have sex with his best friend’s wife. After that, in spite of the shame they both feel, they start to have feelings for each other.
Lucretia, on the other hand, is having sex with Crixus, hoping he will make her pregnant, and give her an heir that her husband is craving for, since Batiatus himself is obviously not able to make one himself.
Crixus is becoming better gladiator by the day. During the grand opening of the new arena, Gannicus manages to fight so well to earn his freedom as the Champion of Capua, the best gladiator. He leaves Crixus to be his successor as the champion of House Batiatus.
The final episode of the six part prequel shows us Spartacus, who comes as a new slave to be trained as gladiator.
Yes, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is simpler than Game of Thrones, but it will capture your attention with ease. You will be curious to see what happens next, and while you watch plots taking place, gladiators fighting in slow motion while the oceans of blood spray around, drinking, and sex between slaves, slaves and their masters, masters with their friends, you will also be given the opportunity to see how the politics of Roman Republic functioned.
You will be watching beautiful Roman clothes, hair, and gladiators who by training hard every day sculpture their bodies so every muscle makes you think of the ancient statues.
While you are waiting for the third season of Game of Thrones to come out, give Spartacus: Gods of the Arena a chance, you won’t regret it.
A Song of Ice & Fire is a series written by George R R Martin, an American novelist and screenwriter. This epic series includes seven volumes or books. Martin started working on the first book, Game of Thrones, in 1991 but did not publish it until 1996. The series has since then extended to seven books with the sixth one still currently being written.
In order, the books are titled “A Game of Thrones,” “A Clash of Kings,” “A Storm of Swords,” “A Feast of Crows,” “A Dance with Dragons,” “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring.” All but the sixth & seventh books have already been published.
This epic series centers on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos with three intertwined stories affecting and influencing each character.
The three stories are thus described as the war for the control of the fictitious Westeros by several families, the threat of the mythical creatures Others and the triumphs and tribulations of the exiled Daenerys Targaryen, heir to the Targaryen dynasty, to reclaim the throne with the help of fire-breathing dragons.
To the left is a political map of the Kingdom Of Westeros, which shows some of the geography but more importantly the seven principle kingdoms which make up the seven kingdoms of Westeros. Click the image for the full sized picture (very big).
These three stories, becoming interwoven, centers on the reclaim of the throne of Westeros, which was overthrown by the rebellion of Robert Baratheon and his allies 13 years before the first novel when Aerys, the last Targaryen king, was murdered.
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 – A Game Of Thrones
In the first book, The Game of Thrones, the power struggle for Westeros was the center plot line. Here, King Robert Baratheon, who claimed the Iron Throne after the death of the last Targaryen king, was killed.
His son, Joffrey, was named king. Soon though, his siblings, Stannis and Renly, laid individual claims to the throne too. Joffrey and his siblings were found out by Lord Eddard Stark not be have been sired by King Robert but in fact through incest by Cersei and Jaime Lanninster.
In other parts of Westeros, several rulers were proclaimed that will then lead the story into the second book, A Clash of Kings, were the struggle for power has reached war and extreme violence.
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 – A Clash of Kings
In A Clash of Kings, the northern border of Westeros was the central plot. Here, an enormous wall of ice is the only thing keeping Westeros from being devoured by the Others—mythical creatures with ancient powers that were introduced at the start of the series. This event is also connected with the story of Jon Snow, the bastard son of Eddard Stark. The second part of A Clash of the Kings centers on the so-called War of the Five Kings.
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 – A Storm Of Swords
The third book, A Storm of Swords, which was the longest of all the seven novels, continued telling the story of the War of the Five Kings. By this time, self-proclaimed rulers such as Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, Joffrey Baratheon and Stannis Baratheon are still in the midst of the war to secure their thrones. The ensuing Civil War among the five kings means that the major houses of Westeros must each choose their preferred ruler.
A Storm Of Swords also dwelled on what was happening in the northern border of Westeros where the Others are slowly advancing. It also showed Daenarys Targaryen gaining momentum in her goal to retake the crown as the rightful heir.
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4 – A Feast For Crows
In the fourth book, A Feast for Crows, the war between the kings is coming to an end. Seeing that Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy are all dead, King Stannis Baratheon went to the Wall to help Jon Snow protect Westeros from the Others. With all the kings gone, Joffrey’s eight-year-old brother Tommen Baratheon became the ruler of King’s Landing with his mother Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. The book also questioned Queen Cersei’s ability to wield power and influence that then led to her self-destruction.
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5 – A Dance With Dragons
A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book, showed the Westeros war dwindling down. With most of the rulers dead, young King Tommen is left to hold the throne with his mother and uncle serving as advisors or “puppet masters”. Meanwhile, Daenarys Targaryen is closing on her quest to reclaim the crown.
Unlike other fantasy genre, George R R Martin made this series realistic and combined the very human aspects of violence, sexuality, religion and moral ambiguity. With the series’ popularity rising and growing worldwide appeal, HBO decided to make a television show out of it. Titled the Game of Thrones, the first episode of the first season premiered in late 2009. The good reception from the public pushed HBO to produce the subsequent seasons.
The series’ wide acclamation is due largely to the themes presented in the novels. Martin’s attack on good and evil and on redemption touches a lot of human realities, which made the series relatable even amid its mythical and fictional world. He also touched on a lot of moral, religious and sexual issues that most epic fantasy series would not dare touch on.
In this series, Martin allowed main characters to die which will show, according to him, the humanity and the reality of the novels. He also said that he decided to let most “heroes” in the novels die because he would like the series to talk more about politics and the suppression of the feudal system rather than the fight between good and evil.
The Game of Thrones universe is one of the most brilliantly complex and utterly frustrating fictional universes ever created. But it is a fictional universe, and the only rule of a fictional universe is that it is SELF-consistent. It doesn't have to agree with our science, or logic, or even our commonly agreed-upon moral code that says killing people is not a good thing. There is only one god in that universe, and his name is George RR Martin.
But despite that, many things in Game of Thrones can be linked to the real, actual world, drawing inspiration as if through the thirsty roots of a weirwood tree. Many of these connections are interpreted by fans, but some have been verified by the bearded man himself. There are the many competing religious philosophies, the many, many, many similarities to real-life historical characters or the fact that they look like us? But we are not going to be talking about those...
Here's where I would give you a spoilers warning, but ... come on, you clicked on this. Spoilers are coming.
In this blog I will be giving you some of the details from ASOIAF universe, a bit about the bearded God himself, and some other interesting stories about the show.
Stay tuned and enjoy… as if you already don’t have enough GOT material to read and watch until season 8 comes.