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Winterfell Festival 2018: Get a chance to meet King Robert Baratheon

While Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie as told by Bran Stark in Game of Thrones Season Seven, but this news isn’t! It is officially happening at the 2018 Winterfell Festival to be held on September 16 at Castle Ward in Northern Ireland. And, it will be hosted by Mark Addy who played Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones. Read on.

The National Trust, which organizes this event every year, has announced this on its official site. Mark will appear as a special guest at the event and will host a Q&A session with the fans. The official announcement said:

“King Robert, played by Mark who has a central role in series one, will be making a special guest appearance at Castle Ward for Winterfell Festival.

Mark, an award-winning actor and BAFTA nominee will host two intimate Q&A sessions at the Winterfell Festival where an audience of fans will have the opportunity to ask questions and get an insight on what it is like to be part of one of the biggest televisions shows in the world.”

Winterfell Festival 2018: Get a chance to meet King Robert Baratheon

So, “Come, bow before your king” at the Winterfell Festival. The other details of the festival in the announcement include:

  • Visitors will get to see a Winterfell where tensions are high as tales of ancient peoples, once thought extinct, who can kill with a mere touch of their flesh, rattle the residents.
  • A King’s Tournament Games where full contact jousting and enthralling film-set stunts & tricks will make a spectacle fit for entertaining royalty. Sword fighting displays and falconry will add to the atmosphere, creating an unforgettable event.Winterfell Festival 2018: Get a chance to meet King Robert Baratheon
  • A walkthrough at the courtyard where Jon Snow taught archery to Bran and the clock tower – the spot where Bran Stark was pushed from the window by Jamie Lannister.
  • Head to Audley’s Castle by crossing the path of the White Walkers.
  • Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a medieval village and watch skilled blacksmiths, silversmiths, weavers and armorers at work.
  • Armourer Boyd Rankin, who played Mikken in Game of Thrones, will showcase a selection of the swords he forged for Game of Thrones.Winterfell Festival 2018: Get a chance to meet King Robert Baratheon
  • Get to see two of the original Stark family DirewolvesGrey Wind and Summer also known as Odin and Thor in the real life.

Winterfell Festival 2018: Get a chance to meet King Robert Baratheon

While the fans will get to see the final season of Game of Thrones in 2019, this event will surely make the wait much easier. So, how many of you would like to join Mark Addy and others at this event? Tell us in the comments.






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Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost’s reunion in the series finale

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Game of Thrones pulled off a sneaky on us. In the fourth episode Season 8, we saw Jon Snow leave Ghost without petting him. In the series finale, Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne“, we saw Jon reunite with Ghost, and the fans loved it. Read on!

Jon had earlier sent Ghost with Tormund to the real North, while he was leaving Winterfell, and he didn’t even pet him. This had upset a lot of fans. However in the series finale, we saw Ghost waiting for Jon at the Wall, and they reunite, resulting in our good boy getting a long pet. The fans took to Twitter to appreciate this:

How did you react to Jon reuniting with Ghost and finally petting him? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council

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By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.

This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!

In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.

Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.

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Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.

In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.

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With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not,  interesting times ahead for Westeros!






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