One reason for the series’ success can undoubtedly be found in its spectacle of violence and sex.
Resurrection, by Andrea Mantegna, 15th Century.
How do you bring someone back from the dead?
From 'Machiavellian female princes' to warriors, assassins and prostitutes, the women of Westeros and Essos are a richly varied bunch. A new book examines their role in the series and explores its sexual politics.
I’m behind you! The Mountain watches over Cersei Lannister.
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Try starting with 12,000 kcals a day.
The Game of Thrones universe could fight off those long winters – if it had an industrial revolution.
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It looks as if the story of the red priestess Melisandre is only just getting started. But is she a prophet, or a witch?
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What are the implications of the return of the Dothraki? Their real-life equivalent may have the answer.
Margaret of Anjou can still speak to modern women in power today.
Melisandre, a witch inspired by early modern history, burns Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones.
While Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin openly draws on medieval and early modern history in the worlds of his books, his subversive depictions of witchcraft make his female characters both intriguing and powerful.
Bridging the gap. How to keep up with Dublin.
Dublin has managed to keep the money rolling in while others struggle, so what are the lessons to learn for its neighbours and rivals?
Wolf Hall is based on historical events – but its producers don’t claim to be telling a true story.
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Historical representation is far more complex than merely providing the facts – which is why debate continues to rage about the authenticity of popular televised historical dramas such as Game of Thrones and Banished.
What’s the point of watching TV when you have to wait an age to talk about it?
What is the statute of limitations on spoilers? When can you comment on what you’ve watched? And at what point is our fear of ruining other people’s television experience hindering our own?
We’ve always been fascinated by disfiguring diseases like leprosy.
Does Greyscale’s allure for contemporary audiences have to do with disfigurement?
Someone knit this young man a nice woolly hat.
We've never had multi-year seasons here on Earth, but long cold spells might be similar to a Westerosi winter.
Like the myths that confounded the Greeks, the latest twist in Game of Thrones has challenged its audience.
HBO. Game of Thrones airs on Foxtel's showcase channel
In recreating a perennial mythic tale in the latest episode, the creative taskforce behind Game of Thrones has cast us, the audience, as modern ancients. Warning: spoilers!
There is not a female figure on Game of Thrones who does not have a medieval counterpart.
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Game of Thrones never even approaches the slippery and surprising world of gender manipulation and redefinition that existed in medieval spirituality.
Winter is coming … but you might not be toasting marshmallows.
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With four episodes leaked before the launch of the current Game of Thrones season, illegal downloaders face a quandary: binge now, or hang on and enjoy the weekly water-cooler chats at work.
Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart in True Detective.
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Narrative power is produced through sophisticated storytelling, as evidenced by Breaking Bad, House of Cards, The Wire, Mad Men and many others.
Game of Thrones new season: There will be fireworks.
The new season of Game of Thrones signals entertainment companies are getting used to the idea that piracy comes with success. The trick is to loosen fans' wallets a little down the line.
The Wars to Come.
There's little in the way of sex and combat, but season five promises a lot...