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Our Spoiler-Free Verdict on Game of Thrones Season 2

Game of Thrones returns to HBO this Sunday, and at last our burning questions will be answered. For some of us, those questions include, "What happens next to Arya and Sansa in the wake of their father's death?" For others of us, they're more like, "How can a television show possibly capture everything that happens in George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings?" Either way, we're happy to tell you that we've seen the first four episodes of the season, and we don't think you'll be disappointed.

We've seen the first four episodes, and here's our spoiler-free preview of Game of Thrones season two. More »


Welcome Back, Game of ThronesGeorge R.R. Martin explains why we'll never meet any gods in A Song of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin is at San Diego Comic-Con promoting his latest book as well as the television series based on it, and we were lucky enough to speak to him one-on-one. He told us why so many people in Dance With Dragons are losing their identity, why we won't be meeting the gods, and what he'd like to write after this series. More »


Welcome Back, Game of ThronesThe most detailed map of the Game of Thrones world yet

We've seen a lot of fan-made maps that try to capture the geography of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, but none have been quite so detailed as this monstrous map by one serMountainGoat - a map so thorough, it's impressed Martin himself. More »


Welcome Back, Game of ThronesWatch the Simpsons' amazing Game of Thrones intro

Tonight's episode of The Simpsons opens with a couch gag that warms our fantasy-loving hearts. Watch as Springfield is transformed into Westeros, with King Burns overlooking his nuclear-powered domain - and eying the Iron Couch. It's not the real thing, but it will have to hold us until April. Hat tip to Ross for the heads up! More »


Welcome Back, Game of Thrones9 clips from Game of Thrones suck you back into Westeros

Get nine sneak peeks from the premiere episode of Game of Thrones right here, right now. Almost all of last year's favorite characters are featured — including the baby dragons! Plus watch the first interaction between Tyrion and Lord Varys! More »


Welcome Back, Game of ThronesThe Rules of Magic, According to the Greatest Fantasy Sagas of All Time

Every fantasy saga has its own rules for magic, and its own explanations for how the magical arts work. Where does magic come from? Who can use magic, and how? Do regular muggles know magic exists? We dug through 50 or so of our favorite fantasy sagas, and compiled a complete list of the rules of magic in each of them. More »


Welcome Back, Game of ThronesHow Game of Thrones‘ Dothraki Language Came to Be

The Dothraki language in Game of Thrones isn't some slopped-together, haphazard gibberish. As the NY Times tells it, it's a full-formed, logical vernacular put together by a linguistics expert inspired by languages such as Swahili and Estonian. More »


Welcome Back, Game of ThronesTotally Bitchin' Game of Thrones Fan Art! [NSFW]

Winter may be coming - but April feels like a long way off. We can't wait for the return of HBO's Game of Thrones series, to see how all of the insanity of A Clash of Kings translates to the screen. More »


Welcome Back, Game of Thrones10 Great Fantasy Series to Read While You're Waiting for George R.R. Martin's Next Book

George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons was everything we'd hoped it would be - but now we can't wait to read the next book, The Winds of Winter. How can we keep from going mad with impatience to find out what happens to Tyrion and Daenerys? More »


Welcome Back, Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Valentines: So Full of Win, You'll Die

Celebrate Valentine's Day, Westeros-style - with these incredible Game of Thrones V-day cards by illustrator Chris Bishop. When he's not doing children's illustrations or working for PBS Kids, Bishop is apparently trying to think of ways to celebrate incest, murder and horrific mutilations in greeting card form. More »


Welcome Back, Game of ThronesIn the Game of Thrones MMORPG, You Win or You Grind

Popular fantasy franchise Game of Thrones will become a browser-based massively multiplayer online game this fall, publisher Bigpoint said today. More »