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Hear George R.R. Martin Explain The Many Religions Of Game Of Thrones

Can you keep track of all the gods on HBO’s Game of Thrones? George R.R. Martin is here to explain the Old Gods, the New Gods, the Drowned Gods, and the Lord of Light for you just in case you can’t. And oh yeah, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss also put in a few words of wisdom. Just one note, there are a couple short clips shown in the video which haven’t happened in the series yet. Nothing spoiler-y really but you may not want to watch if you are concerned with going in fresh each episode. Though I’m betting they happen in the next episode.

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  • Chady Hosin

    I’ve always thought the religions and cosmology in ASOIF were one of the best aspects of Martin’s writing and I’m glad they’ve done a pretty good job incorporating them into the show.

    I thought it was interesting in the most recent episode to see the reaction in the court to the claim that Robb Stark had used bewitched wolves (maybe the implication is wargs, but it’s the South, so maybe not) to slaughter the Lannister forces, with the idea being that this was evil, beyond what’s acceptable in warfare. While we’ve heard multiple characters talk about the absence of magic/supernatural occurrences in present Westeros–and seen from a viewing standpoint that it’s still there–it was neat to see not so much how actual magic works, but how the concept plays out in the minds of people.

  • Joanna

    Why does he look like a sea captain?

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Well, his father was a longshoreman. :) 

  • Joanna

    Awesome =D

  • Anonymous

    The religions are SO well done, one of my favorite parts of the books.  Just amazing.  Same with the different cultures, where again, you can see a piece of this, a bit of that, all stitched together into something new and complex and seamless.

  • Dale Galiniak

     This comes up in the later books.  Apparently, dragons are the source of most of the fire magic, and with the dragons extinct, fire magic faded away, but now that they’re back, the magic is starting to work again. 

    It’s less clear with the northern magic, though it seems to be getting stronger as winter approaches, it doesn’t seem to have completely gone away, just moved north a bit.  Wargs were around, as were giants, though the Others seem to have disappeared and be coming back.  The nature magic of the Children also is becoming more powerful, with Brandon and greenseering.