If we've learned anything from HBO's fantasy drama "Game of Thrones," it's that the world of Westeros is filled with a seemingly unending supply of interesting characters; so many, in fact, that we wouldn't dare try to remember all of their names. Of course, we've also learned that you shouldn't get too attached to any of them, because there's a good chance they're going to die, as fans of the show found out the hard way over the course of the first two seasons.
But that has only made the series even more engaging, as it masterfully juggles the many different characters, storylines and locations within George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series to the point that it's easy to see why Martin's novels have earned such a rabid fanbase over the years. From the rich mythology to its amazing ensemble cast (including the award-winning Peter Dinklage), "Game of Thrones" is one of the best shows on television, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone that disagrees.
To help feed your addiction, we've compiled all of our "Game of Thrones"-related coverage below, including interviews with author George R.R. Martin and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, a review of the first season on Blu-ray, and updates from the show's latest season on our Game of Thrones Blog.
Whoever you’re putting your children in the hands of, you hope they’ll take good care of them and love them and nurture them in the way you do. But you never quite know, you know? You’re always a little nervous.
You’re always going to have trolls out there... but if we can make George happy, and we can make ourselves happy as incredible fans of the book, then I feel confident that we’ll make the vast majority of the readers happy.
We're huge fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" and many of you have followed our , so we were very happy when HBO and Brewery Ommegang sent us some bottles of their new "Game of Thrones" beer to try out. We tried the second in the series, called the "Take the Black Stout," which was inspired by the Night's Watch, the military order dressed in black which holds and guards The Wall. The unique label features the sacred Weirwood tree where Jon Snow and other followers of the old gods take their oaths to the Night's Watch.
is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and is part of the Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat family. "With the second beer, we wanted a big, substantial brew, something that would stick to your ribs and sustain you through long nights at watch on The Wall," said Phil Leinhart, brewmaster at Ommegang. "A 7 % ABV stout with Northern Brewer hops, Midnight wheat, roasted barley, and chocolate malt made a perfect foundation for the beer. We also used uncommon spicing, something Ommegang is well known for. For this beer we added licorice root and star anise."
We tried it and loved it. It's thick and malty and exactly the kind of beer you can imagine the characters drinking on the show.
The first beer in the series, "Iron Throne Blonde Ale," was the largest volume limited-edition beer ever brewed by Ommegang. "Fire and Blood Red Ale," inspired by House Targaryen, will come next in the Spring of 2014, and the label will feature the three Targaryen dragons: Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion.
Beer lovers should definitely try this specialty brew, and the beer can be a great gift for fans of the show. You can also spice up a holiday party by serving this or bring it along. The beer comes in large, 750 ML bottles with a cork, so it makes quite an impression. Check it out!
With masterful performances by Sean Bean, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and – perhaps most impressively – Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” is, in a word, epic. Shame about poor ol’ Ned Stark, though. Sure didn’t see that coming...
A lot of attention has been placed on the show's graphic use of sex and violence... [but] the show's real talking points should be its rich storytelling, deep mythology, and almost endless supply of great performances from the ensemble cast.