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From Elizabeth Finn via Uproxx

If we consider just the bastard children that are mentioned in the books, [Ned Stark] didn’t have enough evidence to really make this determination. We know of four bastard children, all with dark hair. If Robert is homozygous BB, then this is by far the most likely outcome. However, if Robert is heterozygous Bb, he would still have dark hair, and it would still be fairly likely for four bastard children to have dark hair (think about flipping a coin and getting four heads in a row). When you add in the fact that some of his mistresses and whores likely had dark coloration as well, it becomes even more likely that all four illegitimate children have dark hair. So as far as Ned knows, Robert could well be Bb. And if he is, then the fact that he had three blonde children with the almost certainly bb Cersei Lannister is again reasonably likely. This is why Tyrion remarks that Joffrey’s – and hence Cersei’s – claim would be foolproof if she had had even one child with Robert: someone with dark hair married to someone with light hair having some children with light hair and some children with dark hair is utterly normal.

Joffrey Could Be Robert Baratheon’s Actual Child?

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More than once [like a bajillion times], I’ve been caught in a web of videos that all include cats doing silly things.  Here we have a cat doing both a silly and awesome thing.  A user essentially made a cat’s singular meow to the tune of HBO’s Game of Thrones opening theme.  How is this even possible?  How does one conceive this idea and proceed to get millions upon millions of views.

And of course, there’s also a dog doing the same damn thing, which I included below.  This is why the internet was invented.

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This is a cool image created by Dynamaito and it features Game of Thrones characters as street fighters.  It’s really neat how many small nods there are: Hear Me Roar, the Lanniser slogan. Bronn as a back up.  Tyion’s infamous slaps.  Paying debts.  The small council in the background.  Joffrey looking like a bitch.  I would totally buy this game.  I hear the only Game of Thrones game out there was that rpg that didn’t do so hot.  This is the kind of game they need, one where they can’t tinker with the ambitious story scope and just capitalize on the many references they could fit into characters, back ups, settings, and attacks.

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I went to a comedy club last night and I’m just extremely shocked how ordinary people can completely imitate famous celebrities, despite their complete opposite appearance.  So when I see this Youtube video of this fella in his room, speaking lines from Game of Thrones in perfect accents, it’s absolutely hilarious.  At first he’s fairly serious, speaking lines verbatim, but as soon as he reaches Jorah Mormont, he finds himself saying the most absurd things that concern bunions.  And adding a harsh Khaelesi at the end of every line is the icing on the cake!

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Now this is a cool video, combine two opposite universes: Game of Thrones and Star Wars.  Combine the sword fights with lightsabers.  Here we have the infamous fight between Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark.  Add the awesome soundtrack from Star Wars and place the lightsaber over the swords and you have a Jedi fight.  It’s a pity they don’t do flips and stuff, but hey that’s no big deal.  Amazing what video production programs can do these days.

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This is a perfect time to post this kind of thing considering the major election of 2012 is coming up in a couple of months.  What we have here is a series of political attack ads, as seen on the ones on television with corny pictures, enunciated sentences and harsh personal statements that attack other potential candidates.  We have all the major players here, Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, and Daenerys Targaryen.  I loved the ploys used like the Birth Certificate and other things.  Check out the other two below.

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A catchy, lovable parody of Maroon 5’s Pay Phone.  The singer however does play the role of Adam Levine seeing as he mentions both The Voice and Maroon 5.  The idea is he’s essentially addicted to Game of Thrones and sings about it in the tune of Pay Phone.  He mentions plot points and explains some of the reasons why the series is so good.  Like everyone else, he’s also confused who he should root for as well as he feels pity for some of the show’s victims.  It’s an overall cute and quirky video that you should definitely check out for a neat foot tapper.

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This website is no stranger to awesome Game of Thrones parodies.  This is a video that is a sequel to a popular video from College Humor that rendered Game of Thrones season 1 into a 8-bit RPG game.  I had posted the video before and can be rewatched at the bottom of this page.  Like the first video, it makes fun of some of the absurdities of the season but drives in some rather good point in terms of what should’ve been represented versus what was.  You’ll have to watch to see for yourself, but there are some NSFW stuff, so be careful.

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Well talk about nerdcore.  Take Wiz Khalifa’s addictive beat from Black and Yellow and replace ‘You know what it is’ with ‘House Baratheon’, and you’ve got quite possibly one of the nerdiest things you could ever do with a song.  I’m not going to rat on these guys too much, because I personally think what they did was really awesome, clever, and neat, but if truth be told, they look EXACTLY like what people think of as ‘people who read the Song of Ice and Fire series’.  Regardless, I’m really hoping they come out with an entire album for all the houses and respective raps.  I’ll keep some tabs on this.

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Spring TV may be over, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop talking about it.  With most television shows, I often fall in love with some of the leads, which lends it itself to about a thick 30-40% of why I’d watch any given television show,  with story and humor/drama being the other 30% or so each.  So today, I kinda compiled some of my favorite crushes from this past season and some of the reasons why I fell so hard for them.

The criteria of why I chose some of the women include the following: 1) Attractiveness – most people in this industry are fairly attractive.  From this category, I’m looking for unique looking people who behold beauty in their own special way. 2) Personality – Most of the people on this list will make me laugh.  It’s truly the gateway into most men’s heart.  And when you have to choose from a list of all beautiful looking women, character personality is a good way to divide the lines. 3) Plot Driving – Whether they’re actually essential to the story or just a pretty face is kinda important to me.  It makes it so much more intimate when the characters you care for actually mean something to story.  4) Fashion Sense – I’m a self confirmed Metrosexual, so I value the way women look and carry themselves.  Their choice in wardrobe is very important to me.

Each girl will be based on a scale of 1-5 for each category.  However, each girl only has 15 points to be spent on the four categories, so I had to choose carefully.  Read below how I rated all my crushes.

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There’s a lot of cool things that can be done with LEGO.  An ambitious child/man [lol who knows], decided to reenact [or rebuild in his {of maybe even her} case] the Game of Thrones opening with LEGO.  Unfortunately, the soundtrack is not exact, so I’ve included the original below so you can try and line up the soundtrack with the muted LEGO video.  It’s fairly awesome when you put them together.

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This collection of videos seems to be from the Game of Thrones DVD special features. It has a lot of neat background information that are sprinkled in the novels. For any avid fan of the HBO series but haven’t had time to read the books, let these videos burn up an hour of two of your reeducation. I’m serious, if you watch these videos and then go back and watch the series, I guarantee you that you’ll see and hear a lot of references you didn’t catch before.

If you’re interested in more, check out his entire playlist that practically includes ALL of the Game of Thrones DVD and Blue Ray Special Features.

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Last week I was unable to do a Game of Thrones review due to finals week, but now that we’re back on regular schedule, this week’s Game of Thrones once again proves that there is never a dull moment as some of our characters are put on the hardest of trials.  This week mainly avoids the adventures of Davos Seaworthy and the Red Woman in preparation of what is likely the siege of King’s Landing they were talking about.  Instead there is heavy focus on Winterfell and North of Wall plot advancement along with some light dabbing of Dany, Ayra, and Tyrion.  Get my plot summary below.

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Reading the book, I seriously thought nothing would surprise me when it comes to this season of Game of Thrones.  I know all the plot twists, character actions, and stories, but last night literally had my hand over my face in shock and awe.  Game of Thrones continues to smash down TV etiquette barriers with some of the most grotesque and explicit material I’ve ever seen on TV.  Ranging from S&M to live births, things don’t get more crazy than last night.  Oh wait, they actually do.  With last episode, I’m sure we won’t stop hearing the end to how Game of Thrones has hit the fan, simply because it’s oh so delicious to talk about.

Overall, I feel as though the set up episodes have finally met their end, as characters are finally hitting the high points and settings of where their character climaxes will take place.  Everyone is positioned to where they’re supposed to be where some of the most exciting stuff will likely to begin.  Last week, we didn’t really get a glance at Dany and her dragons, and it seems the season is continuing the trend of leaving out major characters in favor of prolonging screen time to certain others.  It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t get a look at Dany, Catelyn or Robb, in favor for Theon, Bran, or Jon who were absent this episode.  So let’s dive into what may be Game of Thrones most controversial episode yet.

As usual spoilers only pertain to the episodes released so far.

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Betrayal, heterophobia, and traps were everywhere on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones.  All in all, it was another set up episode  where we’ve been left off on cliffhangers again with just about every character, some more exciting than others.  Tyrion proves his wit again, Dany’s dragons were no where to be seen again, Arya’s got sh!t for luck again, and Jon Snow continues to be punished for doing the morally right thing again.  That’s not saying that this series is getting stale or repetitive, but being a book reader, I can see the reasons why they’re making the characters do or say things in relation to how they’ll act later.  I’m just worried that non-book readers will be finding faults in this show that’s seemingly going no where.

I try and think back and I can’t think of how it could do any more set up than it already has.  Once again, I bid each and every non-book reader to pick up a notebook to jot down names of important people and keep your people in order before it gets even more confusing than it already has.  Or at least have another book reader by your side to clarify some key points, but make sure he’s not a d!ck, because he can easily spoil the entire series for you.  If you haven’t been taking notes/have a book friend, consider me your book friend, as I explain key scenes for you all.

**The double asterik is a remind throughout this summary to visit this passage.

I remind you again, the creators of this show do everything for a reason, so bear with it.  Scenes that are filled with nonsense drabble are actually relevant, so pay attention.  Every conversation, every action, while seemingly meaningless is worth paying attention to.  So bear with it now or else you’d be even more pissed down the road when things happen for no apparent reason.  You’d be wrong, because the creators tried to fit in the context, but you were too ignorant to see the set up in the first place.

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Read The North Remembers Review Here.

The second episode of Game of Thrones was aired yesterday.  Fortunately for me, I was able to write this article in advance thanks to a leaked Dutch version of the show that aired the following Monday of episode 1, I would usually follow up and share the link to you guys so that we all my enjoy it, but unfortunately it was taken down very soon after it was leaked.  It was truly a glorious day for me, and hopefully the Dutch have made the same oopsie daisy as they did last time by the time this post is published and I’m able to take a look at episode 3.

Episode two picked up immediately after where the one left off.  As a whole, the episodes are still following a ‘set up’ format, where nothing is actually happening, but a lot of cliff hangers and unfinished conversations are being dropped here and there.  As a man who’s read the books, I can see why they include every conversation they had, but if I had not read the books, it would feel like an overwhelming drabble that holds no significance to so far.  So I advise the non-readers to truly try and perk up their ears, and even have a pen and notepad to right down names so you may remember if/when they show up later.  Also, the show’s penchants for sex doubled this week, notably.  As usual, no book spoilers here people.  Or under penalty of Bruce the Ape’s wrath, I shall end you [or at least give you a very stern talking to.]

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HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 2 premiered a couple of nights ago, and in true fashion, I was there to watch.  Expect a review every week of my take on each episode.  I will write these articles with no intentions of spoiling events from the book.  However, I will use my knowledge of the book to possibly clarify plot holes that the series might be leaving out to compensate for the 700 page turner.

There are obvious spoilers for those who aren’t caught up with the show, but seeing as HBO released a public image of Sean Bean’s Ned Stark’s head on a pike, I guess, all bets are off when it comes to not spoiling season one.  The 2-5 minute catch up seemed to me to be a good way to waste 2-5 minutes because it could not being to encapsulate the amount of things that escalated from season 1.  All it served was a purpose to take out 2-5 minutes of additional actual show time.  Hopefully, we won’t be seeing recaps anymore.  More show less recaps.

But I suppose I’ll start with a recap for you all right now before I start getting into the show’s meat and bones.  Ned Stark was beheaded for finding a scandal between the Queen and her incestuous relationship with her brother.  In turn, the land Ned Stark ruled is up in arms for the unjust murder and his eldest son is bringing 20,000 soldiers to the capital to kill the the man responsible for his father’s death.  Meanwhile the other Stark children are scattered across the country each facing their own difficulties, one disguising herself as a boy, one being crippled, the other North in the wilderness, etc.  Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite character Tyrion Lannister, the non incestuous brother to the queen, returns to the capital to clean up the mess the Queen and her son, who is now King, has made.  That’s probably the best I can do without writing another novel about it.

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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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