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The Black Dinner – A historical event that inspired the ‘Red Wedding’ in Game of Thrones

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The Red Wedding remains one of the most horrifying and gruesome episodes in Game of Thrones history. The inspiration for the loathsome butchering of Rob Stark, his wife and his mother along with his forces is actually based on real-life history. The Black Dinner refers to an event in late medieval Scotland, in which the principal heads of the Douglas Clan were invited to dine with King James II, which ultimately led to them being falsely executed.

King James II (AD 1430 – 1460) of the line of Stewarts was the son of King James I and Joan Beaufort. He succeeded his father at the age of 6 after James I was assassinated in AD 1437 in a sewer tunnel, whilst trying to flee from Sir Robert Graham of Kinpont and a group of conspirators.

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Regency over the boy king was given to Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Douglas, who headed the Scottish government as lieutenant-general of the realm during the minority of James until AD 1439.

After Archibald’s death, power was shared amongst William Crichton, 1st Lord Crichton and Lord Chancellor of Scotland, Sir Alexander Livingston of Callendar, and James Douglas, Earl of Avondale.

The Douglas clan were the most prominent family in lowland Scotland during the Late Middle Ages and were considered a threat to rival families, and even the throne through their influence over the crown.

In AD 1440, Crichton, Livingston, and James Douglas conspired to break the power of the late Archibald Douglas’s family and invited the 16-year-old William Douglas, 6th Earl of Douglas, and his younger brother to dine with the boy king at Edinburgh Castle.

According to legend, whilst they ate, a black bulls head was placed before William and his entourage which symbolised death. The two brothers were then dragged out to Castle Hill and given a mock trial with trumped-up charges, claiming they had protested against the king and were named as traitors to the crown and beheaded. In another account, the king pleaded for their lives, but the pleas were ignored, and they were beheaded in the castle yard.

The Black Dinner (and the Massacre of Glencoe in AD 1692) would later serve as the inspiration for ‘The Red Wedding’ in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

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No matter how grim a situation is, the smiling face of a baby always lightens up your mood. The Game of Thrones family has been blessed with a couple of babies this year. Aquaman star Amber Heard recently also welcomed her new baby. Jason Momoa, who plays the lead in the Aquaman film series and was also Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, congratulated her on the occasion.

The 35-year-old actress announced that she had recently welcomed her first child, daughter Oonagh, via surrogate on Instagram. Jason commented “Congratulations” with a red heart on the photo of Amber and her 12-week-old daughter Oonagh.

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While announcing the news a few days ago, Amber wrote: “I’m so excited to share this news with you,” she began her note, sharing a photo of her and her baby daughter. “Four years ago, I decided I wanted to have a child. I wanted to do it on my own terms. Now appreciate how radical it is for us as women to think about one of the most fundamental parts of our destinies in this way.”

She continued. “I hope we arrive at a point in which it’s normalized to not want a ring in order to have a crib,” she went on to say. “A part of me wants to uphold that my private life is none of anyone’s business. I also get that the nature of my job compels me to take control of this. My daughter was born on April 8, 2021. Her name is Oonagh Paige Heard. She’s the beginning of the rest of my life.”

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Game of Thrones merchandise are some of the most sought after, and it’s time to add one more to your collection. Because for true collectors, and die-hard fans of the series, new crafts are always welcome! It’s time to return to Hardhome with Prime 1 Studio‘s amazing new collectible – a Night King 1/4th scale statue from the show. Two statues have been revealed with a Standard and an Ultimate Edition of the Night King coming to life.

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For the standard, we will get a 27” tall statue that shows the King posed on a Hardhome Dock display base. His designs are recreated beautifully from the hit HBO series. It only gets better for fans who purchase the Ultimate edition. The Ultimate version adds two undead warriors to the statue as he rises them from their frozen graves. The undead can be attached and detached at the base of the Game of Thrones Night King statue, allowing for multiple display options.

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The Standard Night King comes with a $999 price tag, and the Ultimate versions come in at $1,899. The Undead Frozen King is expected to release between October 2022 – January 2023, and pre-orders are already live right here.

Specifications:

1. Screen-accurate detailing on the whole Night King statue

2. Two intricately designed Wights with unique features, on a separate detachable base

3. Hardhome Dock-themed Base with skulls and icy, translucent waters

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Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon has been a topic of chit chat amongst the lovers of the hit fantasy series. The show has displayed huge potential so far, and promises to improve on some of the key aspects that made the original show a blockbuster. The fans are already looking forward to meeting the new dragons, and also have a look at the legendary Valyrian steel swords. Though not many were left by the time Game of Thrones sets in, the prequel series will showcase quite many of them. This is because many Valyrian steel swords were lost during the Dance of the Dragons, a civil war that would be the prime focus of House of The Dragon.

In his recent podcast, The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, House of The Dragon’s executive producer Ryan J. Condal talked about developing props for the show. He invited the head of armoury Tim Lewis for the show, and they discussed adding special details to the weapons to be used in the prequel show.

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Condal revealed that he had just “liberated” his first prop from the production. He hides its precise nature, but he indicates that it is “pointy and bladed”, and it is used in a very specific and important scene that he wanted to get particularly right. He notes it was used in a stunt and had to look a certain way. Condal goes on to mention, in the course of discussing other movie swords, how important worldbuilding is and making everything feel like it fits together.

Lewis mentions that no writer has ever spent so much time in his workshop before as Condal has. The showrunner is always eager to come down to the shop to look at new things or discuss issues. Condal again emphasizes the importance he placed on attempting a specific approach to make things all fit together while also hoping to have weapons that will be iconic.

On being asked whether the Valyrian steel swords on the show will draw from the designs in Game of Thrones, Condal confirms that he and Lewis had discussed the idea that the furniture of a sword—the hilt, the pommel, the guard—might be changed over time, due to damage or changing fashion. He reveals that the first season features three Valyrian steel swords, while keeping mum about the name of the swords.

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