Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Azor Ahai Prophecy

Azor Ahai will be reborn amidst smoke and salt wielding the flaming sword Lightbringer to defend the world from R'hllor's nemesis, the Other.

Who is Azor Ahai and what did/will he do?

Approximately 8000 years ago, before Aegon's Landing, there lived a legendary hero, Azor Ahai. It is said that during the midst of The Long Night, Azor Ahai defeated the Others wielding a sword of fire, Lightbringer.

The world lay in darkness and a hero was chosen to fight against it, Azor Ahai. To the fight the darkness he needed to forge a sword worthy of a hero. For thirty days and thirty nights he worked until it was complete. When he tried to temper it in water however, the sword broke. But Azor Ahai was not so easily defeated so he began to forge a new sword and this time he laboured for fifty days and fifty nights. This time, to temper it, he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart, but again the sword shattered. With a heavy heart, for he knew what was needed to finish the blade, he began to forge the sword for a third time. He laboured for 100 days and 100 nights. He then called for his wife, Nissa Nissa, and asked her to bare her breast. He drove the blade into her beating heart, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, created Lightbringer.

Azor Ahai drives his blade into the heart of his wife.

According to prophecy, from over 5000 years ago, Azor Ahai is to be reborn again to challenge the Others. This will happen after a long summer when an evil darkness once again descends on the world. It is believed that Azor Ahai will return once again wielding Lightbringer and will stand against the Others. If he fails, the world fails with him.
''There will come a day after a long summer when the starts bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.'' -Davos Seaworth, A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10
There is a similar prophecy about the prince that was promised and some readers believe that he is the same person as Azor Ahai. Many others believe that this is false and they come from two different prophecies. So far Azor Ahai and the prince that was promised have never been mentioned in the same sentence, however Melisandre has spoken of both prophecies interchangeably, but she does tend to use the name Azor Ahai far more often.

Ok here is where some Spoilers for those who only watch the TV show come in! (Don't read ahead if you don't want spoilers!!)

So who do we think could be Azor Ahai? Here are 5 people I think most will agree may be possible.

1. Stannis Baratheon

  • Well we all know that Melisandre is completely convinced that Stannis is Azor Ahai reborn again.
  • Stannis wields a magic sword that was forged by plunging a blade through a burning statue of the Maiden at the sept in Dragonstone. This ceremony is meant to be his ''rebirth'' as Azor Ahai. 
  • Stannis was named the Lord of Dragonstone after Robert's Rebellion, Dragonstone being a place of smoke and salt.
  • Stannis' paternal grandmother was Rhaelle Targaryen, meaning he has the Blood of the Dragon, which may or may not be a prerequisite.
  • Maester Aemon remarks that Stannis' sword, while shining brilliantly thanks to Melisandre's magic, gives off no heat and so couldn't possibly be Lightbringer
2. Daenerys Targaryen

  • After Sam tells Maester Aemon about Daenerys and her dragons he becomes sure that she is the prophesied leader. 
''No one ever looked for a girl...It was a prince that was promised, not a princess....What fools we were,....Dragons are neither male nor female....the language misled us all for a thousand years.
Daenerys is the one,born amidst salt and smoke. The dragons prove it.'' -Samwell Tarly, A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35
 He then tell's Sam to relate all his findings to the Maesters in Oldtown and convince them to send a               Maester to Daenerys.

  • The prophecy was originally made by dragons, who are neither male nor female meaning Azor Ahai may not necessarily be a man.
  • Dany was born on Dragstone (amidst salt), and reborn as the Mother of Dragons on Khal Drogo's funeral pyre (amidst smoke). On that same pyre her three dragon eggs hatched (born amidst salt and smoke to wake dragons from stone), and on the morning for the first time the Red Comet appeared in the sky (When the stars bleed...).
  • In another prophecy from a woods witch, we are told that the Prince who Was promised would be born from the line of Prince Aerys and Princess Rhaelle. Daenerys is their daughter.

3. Jon Snow

  • Jon's wounds smoke while Bowen Marsh cries, providing the prophecised salt, and Ser Patrek's bloody star laden heraldry is in the air above.
  • When Melisandre looks into her fire for Azor Ahai, she sees only things to do with Jon or snow, which he thinks must be ash but she sees as a possible connection to Jon.
  • Jon has a dream where he is fighting the Others with a red sword burning in his hand.
  • If having the Blood of the Dragon is a must, and if Rhaegar really is Jon's father then Jon would satisfy this prerequisite. He would be from the line of Aerys and Rhaella as he would be their grandson.
  • Jon indirectly caused Ygrittes death by warning Castle Black of the incoming raid, this is similar to Azor Ahai sacrificing Nissa Nissa to complete Lightbringer.
4. Victarion Greyjoy
If you do not read the books you won't be familiar with this character, he is one of Theon's uncles.
  • While Victarion is travelling to capture Daenerys, he sustains a likely mortal sword wound but this is healed by a red priest of R'hllor, Moqorro. Afterwards his arm smokes and the ritual was performed at sea, which provides the salt.
  • Victarion was saved from death which could be seen as a form of rebirth.
  • Moqorro says he see's a great future for Victarion in the services of R'hllor.
  • Victarion previously beat his wife to death, which could be a possible Nissa Nissa connection?
SPOILER ALERT Don't read on if you haven't read the books and don't want things to be spoiled!

5. Aegon VI Targaryen
  • Before his death Rhaegar believe his son to be the Prince who was promised! . . . (Ya that's right non book readers, Rhaegar's son is alive!!)

So there we have the 5 candidates for Azor Ahai! Rhaegar was included in this list but, to me there isn't enough evidence to support that he might be Azor Ahai reborn. Plus Robert killed him so if he was the one the prophecy speaks of then Robert has doomed everyone!

Do you agree with these? Or do you think someone else could be Azor Ahai reborn? Let me know in the comments below! 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Season 4: Episode 10: The Children

Episode 9: Review
It's been a while since we've had an episode dedicated to a whole battle or just one story itself. Season 2 episode 9, was the last episode like this with the battle of the blackwater. In  this battle however there weren't any games to play. It was kill or be killed!!

I never liked Alliser Thorne much, but in this episode, even though he still hates Jon Snow, I saw a side to him I liked. On the battle field, he could hold his own, he is able to inspire the men he commands and is pretty damn good with a sword too!! And then we have Janos Slynt! His cowardly reaction didn't surprise me at all. Even Sam is braver than that guy.

Luckily or Unluckily for Jon,Ygritte is killed by the little boy who escaped a northern village a few weeks back. Would she really have put that arrow through his heart? I don't think she would. I would love to have seen more of the fight in the tunnel between the six members of  the nights watch and the huge giant!!

I must say personally I was a little dissapointed with this episode! The CGI for the Giants and Mammoths was unreal though!

Episode 10: The Children

Producers are promising that this will be the best episode yet! Then again they are always say that at the end of a series, don't they? I for one am still trying to decide if episode 8 was the best or worst ever! I'm still grieving for Oberyn!

Producers are promising a 66 minute episode that is going to end a few plot lines with a bang!! With all the hype in Kings Landing with Tyrions trial and the battle at the wall, this episodes trailer reminds us about those people we may have forgotten about, like Arya and the Hound, Sansa and Daenerys?! This episode shows us a bit of everything and a lot of nothing! Usually we can kind of know what to expect from them but this week the producers are giving nothing away!!

The official synopsis for this episodes is: 
"An unexpected arrival north of the Wall changes circumstances. Dany is forced to face harsh realities. Bran learns more of his destiny. Tyrion sees the truth of his situation."
What new troubles will Dany face? Will Bran finally learn to fly? Will Tyrion get out of this alive? What's next for Arya and the Hound. One thing is for sure that nobody can be certain, especially since this season as deviated away from the books more than previous seasons. Anything could and more than likely will happen. It's the last episode for another 9 or 10 months so don't miss it and enjoy every last second of it.

Who know's maybe we will be lucky enough to have book 6 by the time the next season comes? No?

Game of Thrones airs on HBO at 9pm on Sunday 15th June and on Sky Atlantic on Monday 16th of June. 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Is Tyrion Lannister really a Targaryen?

WARNING  this contains spoilers for those who have not yet read ALL the books in the ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' series, or are just watching the T.V series. If you don't want something spoiled on you don't read on and then give out that I spoiled something! I am warning you now, if you read on tough luck!! :P

Time to add another unproven, but very possible, theory to the list. Is Tyrion actually a Targaryen and not a Lannister?

So the theory goes that Tywin Lannister is not Tyrion's father. It is believed, by some, that Tywin's wife Joanna was raped by the mad King Aerys Targaryen and Tyrion was the result.Many see this as the reason that Tywin despises Tyrion so much, not just because he blames Tyrion for her death. Now as with all theories there is no strong proof to say this is absolutely true, that's why they are called theories, because there is some evidence that they ''might'' be true.

So what evidence do we have that Tyrion may not be Tywin's son and actually the son of Aerys Targaryen. We know that Tywin was Aerys hand for 20 years and that Aerys was envious of him. We also know that Aerys wronged Tywin many times and this resulted in Tywin abandoning his post and returning to Casterly Rock. Aerys must have feared Tywin as he was the only one he didn't punish for doing him wrong. The Mad King always found a reason to torture or burn someone alive, why not Tywin?

There is a real possibility that Aerys could have forced himself upon Joanna. I think that Tywin is logical and human enough to know that death at childbirth is not a conscious fault of the child, and could not blame Tyrion for the death of his mother. However what if he had reason to suspect that the child was not his? Then such hate for the child might seem justified? This may explain his hatred for the Targaryens, and why he ordered the murder of Rhaegar's children, and why he let Kings Landing be sacked.

In a Feast for Crows, Aemon tells Sam that he and his brothers dreamed of dragons. We also know that Daenerys dreamed of dragons before she hatched her eggs, and if memory serves me right Tyroin tells Jon Snow in book 1 that he used to dream of dragons.

In the books, Tyrion has two mismatched eyes, one is green and one is black. Throughout the books references are made to eyes being such a dark purple that they look black. It is possible that Tyrion's black is actually avery dark purple, and we know that the Targaryens have purple eyes.

On more than one occasion Tywin has told Tyrion that he wasn't his son. Infact they are even Tywin's last words! Is he just saying that because he doesn't want him to be his son, or because he believes that he actually isn't his son?

Another thing we know is that Dany has 3 dragons. Each dragon needs a Master, Dany cannot be mother to all 3. We know we have at least 2 Targaryens but who's the third?

Our possible theories say it could be Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow is believed to be the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna so therefore he would be part Targaryen, but we know that true Targaryens cannot be burned by fire (like that muppet Viserys was)! Jon burnt his hand the night he saved the Lord Commander from the wight. So that rules him out. On the other hand, as far as we are aware Tyrion has never been burned by fire!

Could Tyrion Lannister be the third Targaryen? This theory says it's a possibility!

What do you think? Check out the theory about Jon Snow here.

If you have any other theories about the Song of Ice and Fire books, share them below!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Season 4: Episode 9: The Watcher on the Walls

Episode 8 The Mountain and The Viper Review
Traumatised is not the word. . . . . I am scared for life after watching Oberyn's death!! I knew it would be gruesome but I was not expecting that!! I think everyone was in shock after they saw it, but we'll deal with all of that in a moment.

First lets take a look at Arya and the Hound, they have finally reached the Vale only to find that Lysa is dead. Arya finds the fact, that each time they reach her family they wind up dead, hilarious! The Hound on the other hand doesn't really know how to respond!

Elsewhere Roose Bolton has seen fit to legitimise his bastard son Ramsay and make him an official Bolton. Now called Ramsay Bolton, Roose's son is still as insane as ever and I'm sure he will keep us entertained with his antics in episodes to come.

The Wildlings have attacked Mole Town and yet with all the stone cold, killers and fighters that are supposedly in the North, nobody seems to be doing anything t defend their towns from these Wildling attacks even though they have had warning about them. It's also quite astounding how the men at castleblack have not yet discovered how to defend themselves against the wildlings. . . . I mean it is towering over 700ft above them!!

Next we meet Sansa, those who have read the books will notice that the story has changed quiet a bit in the show, personally I think it's way more interesting. In the books we are left on a cliffhanger, after Lysa's death we don't really know what happens to Sansa. In this episode we saw an entirely different side to Sansa to what we are used too. Once a timid little idealist, who believed in fairytale endings and valiant knights, Sansa has finally come to learn what her father couldn't, when you play the game of thrones, you live or you die. When she later emerges before departing the Vale with Littlefinger and Robin, Sansa has dyed her hair black (and not too disguise herself as in the books) as a sign of a new beginning. For the first time, Sansa appears as if she may be someone who is regal and dangerous.

Over in the East, Daenerys has learned that good old Jorah was actually spying on her when they first met so that he could get a royal pardon. Dany is none to impressed and tells him she doesn't want him in her city, dead or alive!! We all know that Jorah stopped spying on her a long time ago and really does love her. So we feel kind of sorry for him when this happens. If only Dany could see what we can.

And finally the main event. . . The Mountain vs The Viper!! It is safe to say that the producers have outdone themselves with this scene, I was both horrified and captivated. I wanted to keep watching but yet I couldn't. Prince Oberyn was one of my favourite characters in the books, and I hoped and prayed that they would not change his character in the tv show like that have done with others. Someone answered my prayers because he was made nearly more of a legend than he was in the books.

Then he dies. Just when you think that he has defeated the Mountain and all is won. Ser Gregor rises and well literally squashes Oberyn with his bare hands! It's horrible to watch. Yet again we want a character to have justice we want him to win, just like we wanted Eddard to win against Cersei and Joffrey, like we wanted Robb to defeat the Lannisters, and we do not under any circumstances want to hear the Rains of Castamere, but we do, in the beginning of the episode.

Yet again, justice is not serves and our hero dies a horrible horrible death. Was it just me or was anyone else hoping and praying once again that they would change the story from the book and let him live? Then again this is one thing that makes Game of Thrones so different to other stories. . .nobody is safe.

Episode 9 The Watcher on The Walls Preview
Episode 8 is going to be hard to follow, with shocking death of the Viper, the prducers are really going to have to pull out all the stops for true Game of Thrones episode 9! We all know that the second last episode in the season has a big game changer at the end. In season 1 we saw Eddard Stark beheaded, in Season 2 it was the battle of the blackwater, and in Season 3 it was the Red Wedding. So what is season 4 going to bring us? Well from the trailer it seem's this episode is all about the Wall, the wildlings and The Nightswatch.

Much like last week's event's the battle at Castle Black has been much anticipated. After the scenes with the Mountain and the Viper, this episode has a lot to live up too. The Official synopsis doesn't give too much away either;

''Jon Snow and the Night's watch face a big challenge''
 And that's all we're given. With Mammoths and Giants in Mance's ginormous army. The brothers will wish they had listened to Jon earlier. 200 brothers defending the Wall against an army that size will not be an easy task.

Game of Thrones airs on Monday the 9th of June on Sky Atlantic at 9pm and on the 8th of June on HBO at 9pm.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Season 4: Episode 8: The Mountain and The Viper

Episode 7 Review
So we're on the hunt for two champions one to represent the crown and the ''lost king'' and one to represent Tyrion Lannister. Cersei doesn't just want her brother to die, she wants him wiped out, destroyed and annihilated!! So who better for the job than the monster that is ''The Mountain that Rides'' Ser Gregor Clegane!! Tyrion on the other hand is finding it a bit difficult to find a champion to fight for him. After being rejected by both Bronn and his own brother Jaime, Tyrion is coming around to the idea that he may just have to fight The Mountain himself. Enter ''The Viper'' Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne. Since The Mountain is the one that raped and killed his sister, Oberyn wants to take this opportunity to get his revenge and tells Tyrion that he will be his champion! . . . . . Oh what a battle this is going to be!!

Arya is making a nice little dent in her hit-list, and learning quite a few things from her kidnapper turned teacher, The Hound. She even tries to help him when he gets attacked and bitten by some poor ape that learns the hard way, that's not how you kill a man.

Queue her sister Sansa, this girl has to be one of the luckiest and yet unluckiest girls in Westeros. How she's still alive is beyond me, and she gets yet another lucky escape when little finger stops her psycho aunt Lysa from throwing her out the Moon Door (can't help but think that Joffrey would have liked one of those in Kings Landing!!). Littlefinger then betray's his ''. . . poor jealous wife'' and throws her out the Moon Door himself, but not before telling her that he's only ever loved one woman, her sister Catelyn. She was one insane woman, but after that you have to feel a little sorry for her!

Over in Essos Daario's advances on Daenerys are finally paying off. She isn't impressed by his gift of flowers that he said he had to swim a mile to obtain! However after telling her that she's the only woman that he wants and that his sword is hers until the day he dies, Dany seems impressed and orders him to take off his clothes while she drinks a glass of wine and examines the goods!!

We briefly fly to Dragonstone and the Wall and the Riverlands to see what Melisandre, Jon Snow and Brienne and Podrick are up too. We meet nearly every character in this episode to set us up for what's to come in the final three episodes!

Episode 8 The Mountain and The Viper
Please please please can this episode just be all about The Viper and The Mountain!!!

Unfortunately it can't!! So here's what will be happening in this episode;

We return to Ramsay Snow, who is sending Theon off to Moat Cailin where a gang of Ironborn are holed up. Is Theon so messed up that he will betray his own men? Probably seeming as he wouldn't even leave when his own sister came to rescue him!!

Imagine, Lysa's fall out the Moon Door has raised a few questions, and now Sansa has to testify. Will she tell them everything that happened and ruin Littlefinger's plans to set himself up as Lord of the Eyrie?

Nobody's listening to Jon's warning's on the Wall and now the Wildlings have reached Mole town. Next stop is The Wall. Will anybody listen to him now, and even if they do is it too late to protect themselves from a wildling attack?

And last but by no means least Tyrion's trial by combat! Oberyn's spear is pitted against Gregors giant sword. . . but who will survive? Sword or Spear. . . . guess what, we have to wait until June to see!!!

The next episode of Game of Thrones airs on Sky Atlantic on June 2nd at 9pm  and on HBO on June 1st at 9pm

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Season 4: Episode 7: Mockingbird

Let's just have that speech again shall we?

'' I did not kill Joffrey, but I wish I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores. I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it. I will not give my life for Joffrey's murder. And I know I'll get no justice here, so I'll let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat!'' -Tyrion

Episode 6 Review
Tyrion never fails to impress and throw a spanner in the works! His father expected him to go quietly to The Wall and join The Nights Watch. He of all people should have known better, especially after bringing Shae to testify against him. If Peter Dinklage doesn't have another Emmy for Best Actor in the bag after that scene then there is something seriously wrong in the world!

Elsewhere across the narrow sea, Dany is learning the downside to being a Queen when she has to sit on a very uncomfortable throne and listen to her people's plea's and queries. Although her story isn't quite as interesting as in the past, at least the creators are moving her story along at a faster pace than in the books.

It's safe to say with Joffrey now dead and gone that Ramsay Snow is the new psycho, with a taste for torture, in town. When Yara comes to rescue her brother her plan goes wrong when she finds the cowering mess Ramsay has turned Theon into.

Episode 7 Preview: Mockingbird
We are going to be left waiting until episode 8 to see how Tyrion's trial by combat goes. However this is when the season starts to get exciting. We might not see a lot of Tyrion in this episode, but believe me for once, Sansa Stark will not fail to impress either.

The official synopsis for next weeks episodes tells us this:

''Tyrion enlists an unlikely ally. Daario entreats Dany to allow him to do what he does best. Jon's warnings about the Wall's vulnerability fall on deaf ears. Brienne follows a new lead on the road with Pod.''

Dany's got a new sexy dress!

Together with the trailer, this gives us a good idea of what's to come in the next episode. It is going to focus on the aftermath of Tyrion's daring demand for trial by combat, as well as highlighting unforeseen dangers for other characters.

''Mockingbird'' see's the return of Gregor Clegane, who we have not seen in a while and is, yet again, played by a new actor. Daario Naharis tries to woo Dany by talking about killing. We get another dose of crazy when Lysa is unhappy with Sansa again!

A rare moment of Sansa looking peaceful and happy!

Game of Thrones airs at 9pm Irish time on Sky Atlantic on Monday 19th May. Unfortunately we have to waitt for Episode 8 too see the outcome of Tyrion's trial by combat!

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Season 4: Episode 6: The Laws of Gods and Men

Episode 5 Review
Episode five taught us that, no matter how much power you think you posses you are never entirely safe!! From the new boy King Tommen, to the Crowns money problems being exposed, to the events that unfold in Crasters keep. This episode was full of examples of how power, no matter how strong, never lasts long and doesn't protect you from everything. Two high born characters who have learnt this are Cersei and Prince Oberyn, both have suffered great loss and yet both posses great power.

Now some people may feel sorry for Cersei as we see a different side to the cold hearted woman we are used to. She reaches out to Margaery when she tells her that Tommen would be a good King to her, much better than Joffrey would have been. Margaery however still has her guard up around Cersei and replies with a remark about not knowing whether to call her Sister or Mother. After learning from her father that the Lannisters are completely broke and owe a lot of money to the Iron Bank Cersei agree's to marry Loras Tyrell. She then meets with Oberyn and asks that her only daughter be well looked after in Dorne. Cersei has gone from a powerful Queen regent to a woman who is forced to wed someone she doesn't want to for money, wed her son to a woman she dislikes and hope that those who her daughter now lives with will treat her well. Her power proved useless in the end!

Across the narrow Sea Danny learns that conquering a kingdom and keeping it isn't as simple as it may seem. As she takes over Meereen, she learns that the last 2 cities she overthrew have been reclaimed by the slavers. She decides it is not time to sail to Westeros and if she wishes to be Queen she must learn to rule, as well as know how to fight. 

Sansa has arrived with Littlefinger at the Eerie and thinks she has escaped the horrors of Kings Landing. It's not long before she realises that the Eerie holds some terrors of it's own, especially in the form of her aunt Lysa. Maybe it's the lack of air from being so high up in those mountains, but the woman is still breastfeeding her 10 year old son! She's a bit crackers. She's a little obsessed with Lord Baelish and even attacks Sansa as she accuses her of trying to seduce her betrothed. Sansa is then told she is now free to marry her creepy cousin Robin. We also learn that Lysa was the one that killed Jon Arryn not the Lannisters and she lied to her own sister, because she is creepily besotted with Littlefinger and will do anything the man asks her.

We also caught a quick glimpse of Arya and the Hound. Clegane comes upon Arya practising her water dancing and mocks and reminds her that Syrio is dead and Meryn Trent is very much alive because he had armour and a sword. A little ironic then that in this scene where he mocks her old teacher in a way the Hound as become her new one.

Did anyone notice how this was the first episode without any nudity?

Episode 6 Preview The Laws of Gods and Men
Not many episodes left in this season!! It's going by too fast! 

This episode revolves around Tyrion and his Trial. Will Cersei finally get what she wants and get rid of her brother! Tyrion finds himself in a similar situation to the one he was in when charged with the murder of Jon Arryn in the Eerie. Bronn came to his aid in that instance. With his father at the head of the trial, wanting him to confess and Cersei working behind the scenes will Tyrion ask for another trial by combat? And if he does who will fight for him?

In addition to Tyrion's trial, in this episode a familiar face returns to the North in the form of Yara Greyjoy. She is on the hunt for Ramsay Snow and wants to save her brother. 

Stannis finally removes himself from Dragonstone and sets sail for the Iron Bank, surely he might cheer up a bit now? Unlikely. . . that man is quite depressing to watch!

Daenerys sits on the throne in Meereen, and it suits her.

The Laws of Gods and Men will air on Monday 12th of May at 9pm Irish Time on Sky Atlantic.

This theory will be proven. . . . just wait and see. . . Who's the Daddy?

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Quiz Answers

Here's the answers to the quiz I posted a few days ago! :)

Question 1: Which of the following is not the name of Daenerys Targaryen's Dragons?
a. Viserion
b. Rhaegal
c. Balerion
d. Drogon

Question 2:  Which of these characters does not worship R'hllor?
a. Beric Dondarrion
b. Selyse Baratheon
c. Sandor Clegane
d. Thoros of Myr

Question 3: What is the Motto of House Martell?
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Question 4: What is Olenna Tyrells nickname?
Queen of Thorns

Question 5: Who does Jon Snow, mistakenly think is Mance Rayder?
Tormund Giantsbane

Question 6: What name did Robb and Talisa choose for their unborn child?

Question 7: What is the sigil of Roose Bolton's House?
a. White Falcon and Crescent moon on a blue field
b. Red flayed man on an x shaped cross
c. Red sun pierced by a gold spear on an orange field
d. Golden Kraken on a black field

Question 8: What is the name of the leader of the Unsullied?

Question 9: What animal did Jaime save Brienne from?
A Bear

Question 10: Apart from the Lannisters, who does the Iron Throne owe money too?
Iron Bank of Braavos

Friday, 2 May 2014

Game of Thrones Trivia Quiz

A little quiz too pass the time! Have a go and leave your answers in the comment section below. I will post the answers in a couple of days! Some are multiple choice and some aren't, as they were too easy as multiple choice! Enjoy! :)

Question 1: Which of the following is not the name of Daenerys Targaryen's Dragons?

a. Viserion
b. Rhaegal
c. Balerion
d. Drogon

Question 2:  Which of these characters does not worship R'hllor?

a. Beric Dondarrion
b. Selyse Baratheon
c. Sandor Clegane
d. Thoros of Myr

Question 3: What is the Motto of House Martell?

Question 4: What is Olenna Tyrells nickname?

Question 5: Who does Jon Snow, mistakenly think is Mance Rayder?

Question 6: What name did Robb and Talisa choose for their unborn child?

Question 7: What is the sigil of Roose Bolton's House?

a. White Falcon and Crescent moon on a blue field
b. Red flayed man on an x shaped cross
c. Red sun pierced by a gold spear on an orange field
d. Golden Kraken on a black field

Question 8: What is the name of the leader of the Unsullied?

Question 9: What animal did Jaime save Brienne from?

Question 10: Apart from the Lannisters, who does the Iron Throne owe money too?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Season 4: Episode 5: First of his name

To begin this post I'm going to clear up something that most people have realised by now,but some people haven't as they are still asking me! Yes they have changed the actor for Daario Naharis. Personally I don't think this actor fits the role of Daario, he's too much of a pretty boy to be a stone cold killer! He's meant to be the commander of the Second Son's, to me Skrein (the previous actor) fit the role much better, even if he didn't have blue hair and gold teeth as in the book!!
Skrein vs Huisman. . . who do you prefer?
Episode 4 Review
Season 4 seems to be changing a lot of things from the books, more so than previous seasons. There are 3 in particular I've noticed so far, particularly from episode 4. The first was the ''rape scene'' with Jaime and Cersei. This scene did happen in the books, but it wasn't near as ''rapey'' as it was portrayed on screen. I felt that was a bit unnecessary and from what I've heard most of you guys did too. 

They've kind of thrown things into the air in the way they have changed major points of the story, in particular in the North at the Wall, where Locke, the man who cut off Jaime's hand has suddenly appeared. He was sent by the Bolton's as an imposter. This never happened in the books. 

Now those who read the books will know that Bran's story has changed quiet a lot from the book itself. Instead of going on an extended journey beyond the wall Bran, Hodor and the Reed's find themselves captured and kidnapped by the mutineers at Crasters Keep. While the events in the book were intriguing, the way things are playing out in the show are much more exciting. Jon Snow is marching to Crasters Keep with his band of volunteers, completely unaware that the mutineers have his brother held captive. These things never happened in the books and it leaves me wondering if Jon will reunite with his brother and rescue him or will Bran and the Reeds escape before Jon know's they are there?

Episode 5 preview ''First of his name''

Episode 5 will bring us some new characters but it will also bring some back that we haven't seen in quite a while!!

We begin with Dany doing a headcount of her forces, and comparing them to those that might be waiting for her in Westeros. May we finally see Danaerys make her move West? After all Bran did have a vision of a Dragon flying over Kings Landing!

Speaking of the West and Kings Landing, Westeros has a new king in Tommen Baratheon. He appears to be a much more innocent less hostile person than Joffrey was, I mean he has a cat called Ser Pounce. . . . . but whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen. Margaery is trying to work her way into marriage (AGAIN) but she'll have to get past Cersei first, and she's not going to make it an easy job for her. 

Lysa Arryn, Catelyn Starks sister, makes her return from when we last saw her in season 1. She obviously has a part to play in Little Fingers plan, but what is it? He seems to have a lot more interest in Sansa Stark than in his wife to be, which may be a cause for concern.

Jon Snow and his volunteers reach Crasters Keep for another battle scene. Will Jon arrive in time to save his younger brother, not knowing he's even there? Will Bran, Hodor and the Reeds escape before Jon gets there? Will Jon and Bran be reunited? Queue sword-fights, direwolves and Hodor!! 

Arya is one of my favourite characters and isn't getting enough screen time in my regards! She has been re-united with her sword ''Needle'' and is looking to take another name off her list and by the looks of it she intends for ''The Hound'' to be next! Is this the end of their little road trip together? 

Episode 5 ''First of his name'' will are at 9pm Irish Time on Sky Atlantic on Monday 5th of April.

And just for the record. . . . Jaime and Brienne. . . .you know what I mean!! 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Season 4: Episode 4: Oathkeeper

In all honesty, episode 3 of this season was pretty dull as episodes go, and the plot didn't really move anywhere. Don't let this fool you though, there is a lot more excitement and plot twists to come.

The boys in HBO aren't really giving anything away this season, as far as episode synopsis' go! We're being left guessing every week, as to what's actually going to happen.

Here's the trailer for Episode 4 ''Oathkeeper''

The official synopsis reads:

''Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen, Meera, and Hodor stumble on shelter.''

Like I said, they aren't giving much away. We can guess from previous episodes in Season three and the end of the last episode that Danny is going to sack yet another slavers city and increase her every growing army.

Cersei asks Jaime to bring her Sansa's head, and we see Jaime give Brienne a task, however is it what Cersei has asked him to do or is he sending her out to protect Arya and Sansa?

Jon is the only one on The Wall that knows the full extent of what's going on beyond the wall, not only with the White Walkers but with Mance Rayder too. In these times the Nightswatch is desperate for man power to help it protect everything that lies South of The Wall, but who will help him?

We haven't seen much of Bran and his followers but as the season moves on we see more of him, this episode might shed a bit more light on where he's going!

There is a lot more death and surprise murders to come this season, I just can't wait for them to be aired so I don't have to keep them a secret from those who haven't read the books!!!

Episode 4 airs in Ireland on Monday 28th of April at 9pm on Sky Atlantic!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Families of Westeros: House Martell


House Martells sigil is a red sun, pierced with a golden spear on an orange background. 

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.

Members of House Martell
Prince of Dorne and Lord of Sunspear Doran Martell
-His wife Mellario of Norvos
-their children
-Arianne, eldest daughter and heir to Sunspear
-Prince Quentyn, his eldest son
-Prince Trystane, bethrothed to Princess Myrcella Baratheon
-His sister, Princess Elia Martell (deceased)
-her husband Rhaegar Targaryen (deceased)
-their children
-Rhaenys, eldest daughter (deceased)
-Aegon Targaryen, only son (deceased)
-Prince Oberyn Martell, his younger brother
-his paramour Ellaria Sand
-their bastard children
-Elia Sand, the oldest daughter of Oberyn and Ellaria, she seems to be named after Princess Elia, 
-Obella Sand, known as ''Lady Lance'', she is a member of the Sand Snakes
-Dorea Sand,  she is a member of the Sand Snakes
-Loreza Sand, she is a member of the Sand Snakes
-Oberyns bastard daughters with various other women:
-Obara Sand, her mother was an Oldtown whore, she is a member of the Sand Snakes
-Nymeria Sand her mother was a noblewoman from Volantis, she is a member of the Sand Snakes
-Tyene Sand, her mother is a Septa, she is a member of the Sand Snakes
-Sarella Sand, her mother is from the Summer Isles and is the captain of the Feathered Kiss, she is a member of the Sand Snakes.

Principle Houses sworn to Sunspear
House Allyrion of Godsgrace
House Blacmont of Blackmont
House Dalt of Lemonwood
House Dayne of Starfall 
House Fowler of Skyreach
House Gargalen of Salt Shore
House Jordayne of the Tor
House Manwoody of Kingsgrave
House Qorgyle of Sandstone
House Santagar of Spottswood
House Toland of Ghost Hill
House Uller of the Hellholt
House Vaith of the Red Dunes
House Wyl of Wyl
House Yronwood of Yronwood 

House Martell

Where are they now?
In season 4 we are finally introduced to some of the members of House Martell of Dorne. We have heard them mentioned before but, in this season we finally get to meet some of them.

-Oberyn Martell is currently in Kings Landing for King Joffrey's wedding, but now Joffrey's dead and the place in a bit of a heap!! Tywin offers Oberyn a place on the small council, it's his indirect way of admitting that he will need Dorne when Daenerys finally comes to Westeros with her dragons. As Dorne was the only kingdom to escape the last time dragons attacked Westeros.

-Ellaria Sand is Oberyn's paramour and mother to four of his bastard daughters. She has come to Kings Landing with him and is causing quite a stir as she is bastard born, and we all know how most people feel about bastards in Westeros.

The Martell's are going to have a big part to play in Season 4 and the other season's to come. Might they be the family that could finally take on the Lannisters?!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A Game of Thrones History: Dorne

Season 4 brings us a few new families. My personal favourite is House Martell of Dorne.


Is located in the southernmost region of Westeros, it is located thousands of miles from Winterfell and The North and has a harsh dessert climate.The customs and traditions of the Dornishmen are quite different to those of the rest of Westeros. This is as a result of the Rhoynar refugee's intermarrying with the Andals and the First Men approximately a thousand years ago.

The area in red shows the area in Westeros that Dorne governs.
Dorne is the only kingdom to have weathered the attacks of Aegon the Conqueror and remain a sovereign nation. It joined the seven kingdoms through peaceful marriage alliance almost two centuries later. Only one century before Robert's rebellion. As a result of joining through marriage and not conquest, Dorne was allowed to keep many of it's local customs and laws, such as equal inheritance laws for males and females. Due to the fact that the Dornishmen have very different ethnic, legal and political factors compared to those of the rest of the seven kingdoms, the Dornish are very independently minded and have a stronger sense of national identity. Bastards Born in Dorne are given the surname Sand.

Dorne is ruled from the castle of Sunspear by House Martell. 

House Martell

House Martell was originally a small, obscure noble house in Dorne back when the peninsula was home to numerous small warring states about one thousand years ago. After the war in the east against Valyria, the Rhoynar, refugees from the war, fled to Westeros led by their warrior queen Nymeria. They landed in Dorne and allied with Lord Mors Martell. A brief war followed, after which Mors named himself the ruler of the unified kingdom of Dorne, using the title ''Prince'' rather then ''King'' in Rhoynish fashion. 

Mors married Nymeria, this united the bloodlines of the Rhoynar with the native First Men and Andals. Under the ruling of the Martell's, Dorne used guerilla tactics to evade Aegon I Targaryen's conquest. Approximately a century and a half later Dorne was briefly occupied by King Daeron I, but overthrew him in a bloody rebellion.

Almost a century before the series begins, Dorne joined the 7 kingdoms through a peaceful marriage alliance. 

The Martells were loyal vessels to the Iron Throne, marrying Princess Elia Martell to Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, who bore him two children. However during Roberts rebellion the Martells were unhappy with the fact that Rhaegar set Elia aside and took Lyanna Stark as his paramour, and thus provoked a war. The Martells stayed reluctantly loyal to the Iron Throne, mostly due to the fact that Aeyrs Targaryen was holding Elia as a hostage to ensure their loyalty.

The needless murder of Princess Elia and her children, quickly ended the alliance between Dorne and the Iron Throne and turned Dorne into an angry nation, bubbling over with hatred towards the Targaryens.  After the war and some powerful peace negotiations, House Martell swore fealty to King Robert Baratheon but still held a lot of anger and resentment towards the Lannisters for their part in Elias murder. Since then the Martells became very isolated and only mixed with the other big houses in Westeros when absolutely necessary. In conjunction with this they have stronger alliances with the free cities in Essos than the rest of Westeros.

The Tyrells and the Martells have been sworn enemies for generations. With Prince Oberyn being the one responsible for maiming Willas Tyrell, although Willas does not hold a grudge against Oberyn for this.

At present the Head of House Martell is Prince Doran. However he is ageing and, so, is preparing his eldest daughter Princess Arianne Martell to take over in his place. Prince Doran is semi retired and is leaving much of the day to day running of Dorne to Arianne. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Season 4: Episode 3: Breaker of Chains

So now that Joffrey is dead, the question everyone's asking is ''Who done it?'' There was plenty of people in attendance at the wedding, that have good motive to kill Joffrey, and that were pretty happy to see him die!

Personally it was a bitter-sweet moment for me! I loath Joffrey as much as the next person, but I love the actor, I think he does an amazing job at playing the little scumbag!!

Unfortunately this episode doesn't give us any answer's as too who our killer is!

While Tyrion Lannister is the one being blamed for Joffrey's death, he's left wondering if anyone in his family will come to his aid. The manner in which Joffrey dies leads everyone to believe that Tyrion was the one who poisoned him, but things are never that obvious in Game Of Thrones.

Daenerys arrives at the walls of Meereen and has a decision to make! Will she use her army and dragons to sack another city? Or will Meereen hand itself over quietly!!

In this episode we join Arya and The Hound again! Arya has seen and been through a lot for a child of her age! In fact she's been through so much she no longer seems like a child! For a girl of 14 she's already killed a number of people, and I'm sure she'll be knocking a few more names off that list of her's in the future.

We go North to the wall where Sam is taking stock of the personel at Castle Black. There are some big changes coming for the Men of the Night's Watch and I don't think many people will expect what's coming for them!

Season 4 is going to be amazing! Don't miss an episode!!