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The Top 5 Most Incredible ‘Game of Thrones’ Battles

To celebrate the premiere of Game of Thrones’s first episode, let’s turn our eyes to the past. While Game of Thrones is known for layered characters, political intrigue, and unexpected deaths, its no doubt the series has some kickass action scenes too. Its eye for spectacle has only grown since the show’s early days, creating massive battle scenes that normally would be reserved for an epic movie like Lord of the RingsHere are (in our opinion) the top five best ones!

 

5. daenerys attacks the Lannisters 

 

A dragon flies low over a battlefield, roasting soldiers with its flaming breath

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This attack came out of nowhere, both for the audience and the characters. Following House Lannister’s victory over the Tyrells, the Lannister caravan, led by Jamie and Bronn were returning home with loot they had taken from Highgarden. That’s when the ambush happened: Dothraki forces charged over the grasslands, attacking the Lannister caravan en masse. Then Daenerys herself descended on the back of her dragon, Drogon, and unleashed Hell on the soldiers below. The terrifying results of a dragon attack are realized first hand, as the action follows Bronn stumbling through the flaming wreckage of the attack, stumbling past his fellow soldiers burning alive in a scene of complete chaos and frenzy. Only Bronn managed to shoot Drogon with a lucky shot drives the dragon off, but no before Jamie charges the dragon with spear in hand, a badass moment even if he doesn’t succeed and nearly drowns for his troubles.

 

4. The Massacre of Hardhome 

 

Jon Snow prepares to cross swords with an undead White Walker

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The moment where Game of Thrones truly showcased the threat of the White Walkers, the undead army descended upon the fishing village of Hardhome in force. As the Night King watched like some sort of dark god from the cliffs above, the wights were unleashed upon the village, overwhelming the wildlings and slaughtering everything in sight. Filmed as chaotically as possible, the sequence captured the unstoppable nature of the enemy first hand and allowed Jon to duel a White Walker one on one amidst the frenzy. And of course, the unforgettable image of the Night King raising all the villagers he’d just killed as zombified servants in the battle’s aftermath will forever linger in our minds.

 

3. Battle of Castle Black

 

Jon Snow faces off against wildling attackers amidst the flaming assault on a castle

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This one was one for the books. A battle so huge and massive an entire episode was devoted to showcasing it in all its glory, the Battle of Castle Black featured the wildlings assault the Wall, facing off against the badly outmatched forces of the Night’s Watch. Crowd pleasing moments were flowing from the episode: giant mammoths! A huge scythe bursting from the Wall to sweep off wildling climbers! The death of Ygritte! And of course, the epic tracking shot that followed all the major characters through the battle, showcasing their individual struggles amidst the madness. This one is pure excitement and features some of the best action the show has ever had.

 

2. The Battle of the Bastards

 

Jon Snow sits amidst a pile of corpses as he struggles to break free

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The showdown with Ramsay Snow was built up off over multiple seasons, with the audience growing more and more desperate to see the evil man meet his end. And the Battle of the Bastards did not disappoint. Jon Snow leads his forces against Ramsay’s own to retake Winterfell from House Bolton and the action kicked off from there. The visual component truly captures the frantic combat of a battle scene, with Jon stumbling around the battlefield, swiping madly at opponents as horses charge, men die, and the entire scene turns into a blur. At one point, Bolton forces trap his army and as the bodies pile up, Jon Snow is nearly buried in an avalanche of corpses. This leads to the crowd cheering moment when Sansa arrives to save him, leading to the routing of Bolton forces back to Winterfell and Jon finally beating the utter crap out of Ramsay. The aftermath of the battle was even sweeter: watching Sansa take revenge on Ramsay and allowing the sadistic villain to be eaten alive by his own dogs.

 

1. The Battle of Blackwater

 

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The first of Game of Throne’s epic battle scenes and ultimately, still the best. Pitting Stannis Baratheon against the Lannisters, our sympathy and focus ultimately goes to Tyrion, whose trying to defend his home despite the machinations of his relatives. The battle featured one of the most iconic moments of the series, where Bronn, at Tyrion’s orders, ignites wildfire in the bay and blows almost all of Stannis’s fleet to Hell. Of course, the battle isn’t over yet, Stannis leading the reminders of his forces onto the beach and laying siege to the keep. He almost gets inside too, but Tywin arrives at the last minute, saving King’s Landing and getting credit. But we all know Tyrion was the real hero of the day. Blackwater set the standard for what was to come but still holds up today and we’ll never forget the images and the tension it crafted.

What are your favorite Game of Thrones battles? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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New ‘GOT’ Teaser Reveals Jon Finally Riding Dragon!

No, this isn’t an April Fools joke! This weekend, specifically March 31st, a new Game of Thrones promo was released. Although it features a lot of footage taken from the main trailer, the new promo also features tantalizing new details that have us salivating for the new season in just two weeks. Some specific new aspects of footage look to finally be confirming fan theories and giving us the season we’ve been waiting for.

The promos were not released online but in true internet fashion, they’ve been posted online anyway through shaky cam footage filmed on TV screens.  Check out the clip below!

 

The promos were not released online but in true internet fashion, they’ve been posted online anyway through shaky cam footage filmed on TV screens. This article from Vanity Fair showcased the footage that was glimpsed by fans and they do not disappoint. Highlights include:

 

Daenyrus sits on the throne in a triumphant pose, looking straight at the viewer
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  • The two dragons flying over Winterfell. Arya and Sansa are looking up in wonder at the magnificent beasts, which makes sense since they haven’t the creatures yet. But also looking up in wonder are Davos, Tyrion, and Varys, who have been spending tons of time around dragons. It makes sense then that they’d be astonished since Jon himself would be riding a dragon and with Tyrion on the ground, it has to be Jon up there. While the dragon’s backs appear to be empty, Jon was probably edited out to avoid spoilers. We hope that’s the case, at least!

 

  • In the assembly hall of Winterfell, as Tyrion addresses the crowd, Arya and Sansa are sitting side by side. It looks like the sisters are working together, heading Winterfell side by side in the face of a larger threat.

 

  • Beric Dondarrion is also seen, waving his flaming sword around. While the context is ambiguous, it also is accompanied by a shot of the Hound wincing, suggesting either Beric is threatening his old opponent or Beric draws his sword is close proximity to the Hound, pointing towards them working on the same team. Either way, its exciting!

 

  • Finally, we see Jon walking away from Daenyrus, as Daenyrus looks moodily into a campfire. Perhaps the two have finally figured out they are related and this puts a damper on their admittedly sort of gross relationship. Drama!

 

In any case, the new footage looks great and we can’t wait to see it all, especially our deep hope that Jon finally takes to the air on a dragon’s back! Catch the premier on April 26th, only on HBO!

 

 

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Top 5 Best Dragons in Fantasy Literature

Dragons! Just that name is insanely cool. The name dragon conjures images of huge beasts, filling the air with their mighty roars as they rain fire upon castles, do battle with knights, or kidnapping princesses. Dragons have filled our collective imaginations for a long time and their continued popularity means we’ll see many more iterations of these grand beasts continue to pop up. Below, we count down 5 of the best dragons to grace fantasy literature, from the big to the bigger.

Smaug the dragon towers over Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) atop his hoard of treasure in the Hobbit's film adaptation

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1. Smaug: ‘The Hobbit’

One of the most famous dragons in literature and one who had a profound impact on dragon depictions going forward, Smaug from ‘The Hobbit‘ is a magnificent creation. A wicked creature, Smaug invaded the dwarven kingdom of Erebor, driving the native dwarves out and taking the mountain for himself. He resides in the stronghold for many years, until the events of the novel, where thirteen dwarves, Bilbo Baggins, and Gandalf venture to the mountain to plunder his treasure. Unfortunately, Bilbo’s stealing is noticed and enraged, Smaug emerges from his lair to attack the nearby village of Laketown. While laying siege to it, he is shot down by a man called Bard, who pierces his one weak point: a small patch in his jewel encrusted underbelly. Smaug is slain, allowing the dwarves to claim the treasure, but Smaug’s legacy lives on, both in the further novels of the Middle-Earth universe and in real life. As a fun fact, Smaug’s wealth is estimated to be 62 billion according to Forbes, making him the wealthiest fictional characters of all time.

 

 

 

 

A Hungarian horntail, a dragon, flies against the sky and breathes fire

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2. Hungarian Horntail: ‘harry Potter’

Dragons play a minor but memorable role in the Harry Potter universe. For the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament in The Goblet of Fire the chosen students must steal a golden egg from a dragon’s nest. Harry goes up against the Hungarian Horntail, unfortunately for him as the Horntails are incredibly aggressive and ferocious. Harry, however, manages to outmaneuver the beast by calling in his trusty broomstick and snatches the egg from the creature’s nest. The dragon sequence was greatly expanded for the film adaptation, where the Horntail breaks loose and chases Harry across Hogwarts. In either case, the Horntail certainly made its mark as a memorable obstacle and beast.

Beowulf blocks the dragon's fire as he does battle with the beast
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3. The Dragon: ‘Beowulf’

The final act of the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf chronicles the titular character’s battle with a dragon. The dragon is awakened when a slave steals a jeweled cup from its lair and it begins terrorizing the countryside. Beowulf, now old, takes up arms nonetheless to fight the monster. Scaling to its lair, Beowulf’s men abandon him at the sight of the dragon, leaving only Beowulf’s companion Wiglaf with their master. Beowulf receives a mortal wound during the epic battle, but Wiglaf impales the dragon through the belly, weakening it, and Beowulf finishes it off by slicing off its head. The dragon receives no characterization but is a memorable role both killing Beowulf and being the earliest recorded instance of a dragons layer in English literature.

The three dragons of Game of Thrones sitting with their master, Daenyrus, on an island

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4. Drogon, Viserion, Rhaegal: ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’

Dragons play a pivotal role in the Song of Ice and Fire universe, being almost akin to weapons of mass destruction. Raised by the Targaryens, dragons possess enough power to raise entire cities to the ground and House Targaryen used them to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. But when the House was overthrown, all the dragons were killed. However, Daenyrus Targaryen receives three petrified dragon eggs as a gift much later on, which she manages to hatch into three living dragons. Naming them Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegel, the dragons could grow into weapons Daenyrus could use to fulfill her destiny: to conquer the Seven Kingdoms as her ancestors once did. But it won’t be easy, as numerous people want the dragons for themselves and as they grow, the dragons are increasingly difficult to control.

Falkor looks upon the viewer as he lies down on the desert sands in the movie adaptation of the Neverending Story

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5. Falkor: ‘The Neverending story’

Falkor is a friendly luck dragon and friend to  The Neverending Story’s protagonists, Atreyu and Bastian. He resembles a Chinese dragon crossed with a dog, being furry and elongated, a contrast to most other depictions of dragons throughout literature. True to his name, Falkor has incredible luck in everything he does, such as when he locates Atreyu in the midst of a raging storm against all odds. He provides assistance to the protagonists in the book, carrying them across the vast landscapes of Fantasia and offering them wisdom where he can. Falkor is lovable, much like a big dog, and becomes a beloved companion to readers and the fictional universe alike.

 

What dragons are some of your favorites? Tell us in the comments!

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Drops Explosive Trailer for the Final Season

On Tuesday, the trailer we’ve all been waiting for dropped. The epic trailer for Game of Throne’s final season dropped and oh boy, it is a doozy.

Among the spine-tingling images highlighted in the trailer are:

+ Cersei sitting alone in her throne room, crying as she sips a glass of wine. Cersei upset? This doesn’t bode well at all…

+ Jon Snow and Daenerys, side by side, standing before Drogon and Rhaegal. It seems the fan theories are coming true, as it looks like Jon Snow will finally embrace his Targaryen heritage and ride a dragon.

+ Grey Worm donning his helmet, flanked on all sides by his Unsullied brothers in combat, no doubt preparing to fight the enemy.

+ The magnificent dragons flying over the landscape, showcasing epic splendor and beauty as they soar together.

+ And most tantalizing of all: the army of Winterfell standing assembled with many familiar faces of our heroes among their ranks. Before a single hoof of the Night King’s horse stomps into view, facing Winterfell’s defenders.

Suffice to say, this season will be utterly epic in scope, with these battles perhaps surpassing everything we’ve seen before. The final season is only a little over a month away now and we, for one, can’t wait. Let’s just hope everyone’s favorites make it out of this final chapter alive.

 

 

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‘Eragon’ Author to Release Collection of Short Stories

The land offire breathing dragons is flying back into spotlight. It’s been seven years since the release of the last installment of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. The first, and most famous, book, Eragon, follows a farm boy who finds a glittering a dragon egg. This discovery hurls him into the world of dragons, dragon riding and a war against evil. The young adult high fantasy brings the fantastical elements of dragons, elves and humans together in an epic battle.

 

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Image via Penn State

 

Christopher Paolini is reviving his series through a series of short stories. The collection of short stories will be broken down into volumes, the first volume is called “The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaesia: Volume 1: Eragon”. It brings Eragon and the dragon Saphira along with other characters from well-known young adult series. Pre-order is now available, however, Currently, the official release will be on December 31st, 2018.

 

 

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