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Man attempts fraud using companies named after Game of Thrones characters

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The year 2020 is proving to be the Red Wedding for most people around the world. There are some people who made good use of their time during the quarantine. Like one Reddit user, Rocketcatxx recreated the bloody Red Wedding scene in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing. While there are others who are up to no good.

In a bizarre incident reported by CNN on 1st October, a man was charged with fraud after he sought out more than $6 million in PPP loans for companies named after Game of Thrones characters.

Tristan Bishop Pan, 38, of Garner, North Carolina, is facing charges of wire fraud, bank fraud, and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. He applied for fake PPP applications for 14 companies throughout the year 2020. He used names like Khaleesi LLC, Night’s Watch LLC, and White Walker LLC for his companies.

To support the applications, Pan made untrue statements about the companies’ employees and expenses — complete with fake documents and fraudulent tax filings. Though the final amount Pan sought was just over $6.1 million, he managed to get $1.7 million in benefits.

Even though what Tristan did was a serious crime, it is surprising how he got away with it for so long. For a TV show as famous as the Game of Thrones, the general folk behaved like Jon Snow (in a way, by knowing nothing).

What do you think about the indictment? Let us know in the comments below!

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Game of Thrones wrapped-up filming more than a year ago. The last season was clouded in controversy, and the fanbase was divided into two factions. One loved the creativity of the showrunners, who completed the show before George R.R. Martin could finish his novels. The other campaigned for a remake of the eighth season. However, Marvel comics were seen poking fun at the show’s controversial ending. It was none other than the modern incarnation of the hero, your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman, Miles Morales.

Miles was fighting one of the dragons of Symbiote God Knull, who is trying to conquer the earth in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #23. He not only survives the encounter without getting infected by the symbiote, but his joking ways during the battle do not disappoint. In true Spider-Man fashion, he yells out, “You mad cuz that show you were on keeps ending up on ‘worst TV endings of all time’ lists?”

Surprisingly, he starts to follow up with a hint that he actually liked the controversial ending. He says he doesn’t care what anyone says… but is unfortunately cut off when the dragon’s tail snaps his web. He goes full-on Daenerys when he uses his webbing to ride it.

Did you like Miles Morales Spiderman’s current run? Talk to us in the comments below!

When it comes to costume design and VFX scenes, no show even comes close to HBO’s Game of Thrones. The on-point casting, gruesome battle scenes and amazing storyline won the show record number of Emmy Awards. The amount of hard work that goes into making prosthetics is evident from the detailing on each character. The show once released a behind-the-scene promo showcasing the hard work of makeup artists. They were so good that Richard Brake’s co-stars didn’t even know it was him under the Night King get-up.

Brake told Digital Spy, “I was covered in prosthetics – massive fingernails; false teeth; literally the biggest contacts you could put in a human eye – they were agonising. So obviously the last thing I really felt like doing was sitting around and having chitchats between takes. I would just stay very quiet.”

He continued, “On one of the first nights we were shooting ‘Hardhome’, everyone was gathering in Belfast to eat, all the actors. I showed up a little late, of course, because it takes two hours to get the make-up off. And then I sat down, and, of course, Kit and everybody went, ‘Who the hell is this guy?’ They thought I was a homeless man on the street that just popped in to have a free meal. I said, ‘No, no. I’m the Night King. I was the guy who was chasing you off the pier all day’.”

Were you able to recognize Richard Brake under his disguise? Talk to us in the comments below!

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They say laughter is the best medicine. Looking at the current scenario, it seems quite fit. With the pandemic on the rise again and no viable vaccine, smiles are the only cure we have. Comedians have often used parodies to induce laughs amongst the audience. Even TV shows and movies have their own parodies. Therefore, it’s not possible for a show as big as Game of Thrones to skip the radar as well. Moreover, it seems author George R.R. Martin is heartily amused as well.

On his personal blog Not a Blog, Martin confessed being parodied in a post. He wrote, “Way way back in 1969, when the world and I were young, the Harvard Lampoon did a hilarious send-up of Tolkien and LORD OF THE RINGS, called BORED OF THE RINGS. It is still in print all these years later. Spam and Dildo, Arrowroot son of Arrowshirt, Pepsi and Moxie… a hoot.

And now, I guess, it is my turn.

The Harvard Lampoon has turned its sights on A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE and come up with LAME OF THRONES.

Yes, they sent me a copy.

No, I have not looked at it yet. I am working up the courage.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say… but the parody is right up there, so…

Thanks. I guess.”

Martin earlier updated fans about House of The Dragon’s progress. What do you think of the Game of Thrones parody? Tell us in the comments below!