Daenerys Targaryen as portrayed by actress Emilia Clarke.
Although the universe of "Game of Thrones" evokes the medieval era, several key figures in the series are directly inspired by characters from Roman antiquity.
Reaction videos are just one of many ways that Game of Thrones fans have explored their love for the show online.
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Fan culture is thriving in Westeros. Although HBO's Game of Thrones has ended, fans will ensure that the show lives on (and changes) across multimedia platforms, long into the future.
Brandon Stark’s story extends far beyond the world of Westeros.
The original origins of some key characters names might give hints to their fates in Game of Thrones.
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For HBO, online piracy is not the huge issue it represents for the platforms that screen its content.
Human civilisation is threatened by long-dead organisms, whether as White Walkers or petrol.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in season 8 of Game of Thrones.
For all its queer characters, Westeros is a gender binary world.
Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and is one of the actors whose face is part of a new test of face recognition skills.
Facial recognition is a crucial skill, but difficult to test accurately. Researchers are taking advantage of the popularity of Game of Thrones to test the limits of our ability to identify a familiar face.
The HBO series can tell us a lot about how we view the Medieval world.
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Linguist Alison Long helped translate a best-selling novel into the latest BBC television drama.
What makes ‘Game of Thrones’ so popular?
A scholar argues that like many sacred books, the popular television show encourages men and women to reflect on their lives and choices.
A comic ending - in the sense of Shakespeare’s comedies - would see Jon Snow marry Daenerys and live happily ever after.
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'Winter is Coming' and 'All Men Must Die' are Game of Thrones' watchwords. But do they offer clues to an ending for the show – and the books?
One reason for the series’ success can undoubtedly be found in its spectacle of violence and sex.
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.
Gove tries to take control of the upper ground.
Bogeymen abound for the justice secretary – not least within the Conservative Party.
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What are the implications of the return of the Dothraki? Their real-life equivalent may have the answer.
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.
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.
Be unsullied no more – winter is coming … again.
The heir to an ancient exiled dynasty marries his sister to the leader of a savage warrior society, in return for their support in his effort to regain his father’s throne. The heir is soon killed, while…