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After 14 straight posts, I can honestly say that I am tired to the bone of writing about Game of Thrones.  I truly can’t wait to get back into regular broadcasting, but I don’t regret that I did this week either.  And there wasn’t exactly a lot of traffic this week, but I’m hoping as more and more people get into Game of Thrones, they start peaking their curiosities and stumble upon this website.  I’ve talked about book differences, video games, parodies, and letters to the uninitiated, but it’s finally time to close out the very hard week.  But we’re not completely donee with it yet either.  Seeing as Game of Thrones season 2 starts this weekend April 1st, I’ll try and have a review posted for Tuesday’s main article for the next 10 weeks the show runs.  So if you have been visiting my blog for the pure Game of Thrones reasons, be sure to stick around and visit next Tuesday for my take on each episode.  Otherwise, if you’re a regular viewer, not into Game of Thrones, I refer you to here to change your mind, other wise, Weekend Funnies tomorrow will start us off for to the regular broadcasting.

-Banana Feed Team

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Before Banana Feed returns to encompass all movie/television [and soon video game] news, I have one final thing to say to all my readers.  This article is catered to those who have pretty much ignored this week’s posts due to lack of interests.  Below, I’ve compiled a list of reasons why Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire can be watched/read by nearly everyone.  Please take them to heart, because I employ you to listen to reason and buy/pirate the first season and be prepared to catch up on the second.  For once this week, there are no spoilers in this post.

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The more and more I talk about Game of Thrones, the more and more I need to do research and check my sources.  While the books are immediate help, it can be touch and tedious counting the number of chapters or narrators.  So to make things easier, I’ve just used Wiki sources and other online sources to help me in keeping up with SO many posts.  All the problems I’ve encountered concludes one very true thing: The internet is a dangerous place.

Spoilers are EVERYWHERE.  Whether they are voluntarily seen through wiki pages like the ‘A Wiki of Ice and Fire’ website like I’ve pictured above, or the dangerous waters of youtube video comments, one must be very careful where they tread so they not be spoiled.  I try to include as many times as possible that if there are spoilers ahead, but the rest of the internet is not so kind.  I’ve taken small glances into the youtube comments and seen just a glimpse of ‘_____ dies’ and I’m automatically ruined forever.  Biased as I read the books, this is such an unfortunate thing to be affected with.  So as season 2 unfolds and the internet, I warn you to be careful.

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This is pretty much the reverse of the earlier post.  Now I’m going to cite what points the book drove in better than the tv series.  As the source material, I understand that there are an infinite ways the book is better at developing than the tv series, but what I’m trying to focus on here is my personal experience.  The problem with just soley the TV series is that they try to cram so much mythlore and characters into a one hour block, that certain names don’t stick, and things you’re supposed to realize get lost in the constant perpetuation of trying to figure out what’s going.  So here are some points that I thought were far better explained the in the book.  More spoilers, as always.

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I’ve been going on and on about the book vs. the series this week.  And I’m actually rather glad that I was able to compare them hand in hand.  It would be unfair to say the book is everything [even if it is the source material] because the TV series sometimes relays things that simply went way over my head.  Hindsight bias tells me that ‘well duh, there’s the reference to _____’, but I’ll be honest, if I didn’t see it in the TV series first, I might’ve never known it was true.  I just simply can’t wait to watch this season and be astounded what I forgot to read between the lines.  Below are a couple of moments that the TV series taught me something the book didn’t.  Obvious spoilers from season/book 1.

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George R.R. Martin on the Climax of the Season and Stark Brutality

George R.R. Martin Worries About the Character Influx

These are two articles posted on similar days about George R.R. Martin final worries before the season kicks off.  There are spoilers relevant to the second book, but I don’t think much else is given away besides the names of some characters and the name of the major battle of book/season 2.

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Dorkly created this awesome trailer recut with Game of Thrones and popular Disney characters.  It’s very well done and sends shivers up my spine none the less.

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Compressing a 700+ page novel into a 10 episode series is no easy task.  That’s 70 pages of material in one hour.  There is a lot that goes on in the book, and while making the book a TV series is the best way to represent it to encompass as much information as possible, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss still had to cut corners to make both budget and time restrictions.  So after both watching the series and reading the book, I’ve managed to find some key differences in scenes.  I kinda hoped I wish I had a pen and notepad while I read to truly find every nitpicking detail, but I’ll just try and recall the biggest things off the top of my head.  Obvious spoilers, bah doy doy.  Spoilers contained within the first book.

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Another step closer for this website also becoming a video game blog, Cyanide is in the process of making an RPG based on the universe created in A Song of Ice and Fire.  It’s available for pre-order now.  I’ve tried to dig up what it’s about, but I’ve only come up with the Wikipedia article that claimed it to be the journey of a either a Red Priest or man of the Night’s Watch as the events of the book series unfolds.  The website below is the official website.  But it’s actually a game itself where you can journey and complete quests.  It’s pretty high end, slowing my poor laptop with it’s space age technology.

http://www.gameofthrones-thegame.com/#/pages/frozenWall/subPage1

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Thank god this gallery isn’t close to being a pain in the ass as yesterday’s image gallery.  Anyway here are [hopefully] all the trailers that HBO has released so far for season 2.  My favorite 7 Devils trailer is above.  See the rest below.  In addition, I’ve included a 20 minute special about some key actors/producers talking about what to expect this season.  Be sure to visit the GameOfThrones Youtube page and click around for more interesting stuff.

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Earlier today, I posted a bracket that included my favorite character as a winner in a winner against other Game of Thrones character.  Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros claimed the title of favorite character.  In the book, he’s constantly described as a fat, drunkard, lustfull, but the characters in the book also described him as once a fierce and fit warrior who’s warhammer could kill a man in full clad armor in one swing.  And that’s  the Robert Baratheon I wish I saw.  And based on the series and the book, he’s was always the most infectious with his deep laughter and sense of humor.  And despite his flaws as a ruler, he tried to see that his bastards were taken care of and always made sure his friends were taken care of.

Which brings me to an interesting topic: who do you root for in Game of Thrones?  A Song of Ice and Fire is known for making the grey in a black and white world.  Truth, there are people we hate and love, but author George R. R. Martin gives them good reasons to do things we might particularly like and can sometimes make characters we love do things we wish they didn’t.  Most of the houses have their black sheep that are difficult to root for, and when everyone is cutting corners to get on top, people begin to get more and more unlikable as they bring out the ugly out of each other.  Read below about which house you want to be standing when all the dust settles.

Spoilers are maintained for season 1/A Game of Thrones book.

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This is a good lead in to what today’s main article will be about.  At noon today [EST], I plan on talking about how to decide on what family/character to root for.  And that’s kind of what this image here represents.  In the heat of March Madness, a Game of Thrones versions of a bracket floated around, and I decided to fill one out.  My top eight were Cersei Lannister, Khal Drogo, Tyrion Lannister, Renly Baratheon, Eddard Stark, Robert Baratheon, Daenerys Targaryen, and Sandor Clegane.  Obviously you see that Robert Baratheon won.  More justification in today’s later post.

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Margaery Tyrell, Brother to Ser Loras Tyrell

Here are  the images that HBO has released officially for character so far.  There contains no season 2 spoilers, only spoilers from season 1, as I’ll only post the names and affiliates of each character.  There are 43 images, so I’ve divided it into a couple of pages to accommodate such a number.

Page 1: House of Stark

Page 2: House of Lannister

Page 3: House of Baratheon [all 3 branches]

Page 4: House of Greyjoy, Night’s Watch

Page 5: Red Keep, House of Targaryen

Page 6: Promotional Images

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post debating the serious issue of whether or not I should read the Song of Ice and Fire series after watching Game of Thrones.  A large consensus had the notion of definitely reading A Game of Thrones [book one] was a good idea  after watching the series to pick up on hidden motives and other subplots.  And after crushing the book in two weeks, I came to the real dilemma of spoiling the entire season 2 series by reading the second book.

There was a larger amount of debate than I would’ve imagined, specially mentioning Bryan Christiansen who wrote quite a moving argument against spoiling the show, him being a veteran Song of Ice and Fire reader, I took it into deep consideration as well as the other comment [you can read the whole comment on the post in the link above].  There were pros and cons to both sides.  Reading the book first would allow me to be immersed in a more detailed universe, but disappointment to the TV show is almost guaranteed.  Watching the series first would allow every ounce of excitement I felt in Season 1, but it would’ve required me to wait as long as an entire month or more.  Decisions, decisions.  But let me tell you what I did instead below.

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My friend gave me a link to a board game based on Game of Thrones.  From the description I’ve read and included below, it seem as though you try and take over Westeros in a Risk like fashion.  It’s about 37 bucks…and I will likely buy it.  NERD CORE.

Buy it for yourself here

King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle.

In the second edition of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, three to six players take on the roles of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, as they vie for control of the Iron Throne through the use of diplomacy and warfare. Based on the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones is an epic board game in which it will take more than military might to win. Will you take power through force, use honeyed words to coerce your way onto the throne, or rally the townsfolk to your side? Through strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, spread your influence over Westeros!

To begin the game, each player receives an army of Footman, Knight, Siege Engine, and Ship units, as well as a set of Order tokens and other necessary components. Each player also receives a deck of unique House Cards, which are used as leaders in battles against rival Houses.

Each round in the game is made up of three phases: the Westeros Phase, the Planning Phase, and the Action Phase. The Westeros Phase represents special events and day-to-day activities in Westeros. There are three different Westeros Decks, and each denotes a different global action, potentially affecting all players.

The Planning Phase is perhaps the most important. Here you secretly assign orders to all of your units by placing one order token face down on each area you control that contains at least one unit (Knight, Footman, Ship, or Siege Engine). This portion of the game emphasizes diplomacy and deduction. Can you trust the alliance that you made? Will you betray your ally and march upon him? Players may make promises to each other (for aid or peace, for example), but these promises are never binding. The result is tense and compelling negotiations, often ending in backstabbing worthy of Westeros!

During the Action Phase, the orders are resolved and battle is entered! When armies meet in combat, they secretly choose one of their House cards to add strength to the battle. Finally, the Houses can consolidate their power in the areas they control and use that power in future turns to influence their position in the court of the Iron Throne and to stand against the wildling Hordes.

In addition to featuring updated graphics and a clarified ruleset, this second edition of A Game of Thrones includes elements from the A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords expansions, including ports, garrisons, Wildling cards, and Siege engines, while introducing welcome new innovations like player screens and Tides of Battle cards.

Tides of Battle cards are an optional mechanism that brings an element of unpredictability to combat, representing erratic shifts in the momentum of war due to factors such as weather, morale, and tactical opportunity. During each combat, both players draw one Tides of Battle card from a communal deck, and its value modifies the strength of his chosen House card. What’s more, such a card may also contain icons that can affect the outcome of the battle…all of which delivers a new level of intensity to your military engagements.

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There is one week from Game of Thrones Season 2, what I believe is likely to be the BIGGEST thing to hit television this year. If you haven’t gotten your hands on this fantastic HBO series, you’re missing out on something as expansive [if not more, but an argument for another day] as Lord of the Rings and as deep as the 5 book 700+ novel series that acts as the source material.  As you know, there will be no drawings or Universidaze this week, and I plan on committing EVERY post from Monday-Friday this week to be about Game of Thrones.  We’re talking Game of Thrones Week people [GOTW for short].  From morning links to the afternoon quips three times a day, it will all be Game of Thrones related.  If you’re not into the series, this website will likely not cater to your interests, but I highly suggest you buy the DVD series, pirate it, or even reading the book series will bring you to a world you won’t likley regret.

Here’s a summary of the universe at the beginning of the first book and season, Game of Thrones.  It doesn’t even begin to touch the complexity, but hopefully my writing can at least peak your interest.

The land of Westeros.  Also known as the 7 Kingdoms, ruled by the man who sits on the Iron Throne, King Robert Baratheon.  After his high consultant John Arryn, Hand of the King, dies mysteriously, King Robert Baratheon goes to an old friend and war buddy, Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, Lord of Winterfell, to proclaim him as his new Hand of the King bidding him to travel hundred miles south of his homeland.  Ned Stark, a family man who is tired of war and politics is hesitant to leave his family and go, but Robert persuades him to take leave.  A tale of corruption, lust, and deception unfolds as Ned Stark and his family leave their home and get woven into war over family, duties, and honor.  Robert Baratheon’s cunning wife plots against Ned, old family rivalries escalate into full blown wars, and more even war stirs in the east and north that threatens the land of Westeros.  And as Ned Stark gets tangled into multiple people trying to grab the Iron Throne for themselves, he learns one important rule: when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.

Here’s all the related posts to Game of Thrones in the past:

Internal debate to Song of Ice and Fire [spoiler filled]

Praising the Beautiful Opening Sequence [spoiler free]

Tyrion Lannister Making the Number 3 Slot on Favorite TV Characters [relatively spoiler free]

Funny Game of Thrones Memes [spoiler filled]

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