House Targaryen of Valyria and Westeros

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Aegon riding Balerion, in The World of Ice and Fire. Artwork by Jordi Gonzalez

Fire and blood, the blood of Old Valyria, the three heads of the dragon. In Westeros, the Targaryens are the pinnacle of dynasties; they made kings surrender their ancient crowns or die screaming in dragonfire. Aegon the Conqueror made a mockery of even the most powerful king, Harren the Black, ending Harren and his line in one day from atop Balerion the Black Dread. That is who they are now; but back in their old neighborhood of Valyria, the Targaryens were not the kingdom-conquering badasses we know now.

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Cersei’s Red Keep in construction in Belfast for next Game of Thrones Season 8 shoot!

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The King’s Landing set, where one of season eight’s largest setpieces will take place, has long been defined by its city walls, which open to a long avenue… which in turn didn’t seem to lead anywhere but open space. That changed two weeks ago, when the street was closed off on the other end by a rampart, lower than the outer wall but more ornate. Today we learned what this wall is, and to where the street leads: the Red Keep!

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Win a Pair of Full-Weekend Passes to Con of Thrones!

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We told you that Wednesday’s Con of Thrones Caption Contest was only the beginning, and we meant it! Our con contests are only getting better and better from here on out. We began with a pair of day passes up for grabs, and now we’re moving on up to a pair of FULL-WEEKEND PASSES! That’s right, you and a friend could be joining us at Con of Thrones from May 25-27, in Dallas, TX.

The Full-Weekend Pass includes access to the marketplace and the packed slate of Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire programming including daytime panels and nighttime events, a registration swag bag, guaranteed seating in the Great Hall, and more. (See ConofThrones.net/Tickets for full details!)

Caption Contest 2: Electric Boogaloo – With so many great pics from Con of Thrones 2017, we’re having another caption contest. Make us laugh, make us think, make us wince- whatever it takes to win! The best caption will be the winner of the 2 full-weekend passes.

So, who can enter? The complete rules are listed below but the short version is- anyone! This is a worldwide contest for two (2) Con of Thrones full-weekend passes (passes covering May 25-27). The deadline for your entry is Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at midnight ET. We’ll announce the winners next Wednesday so you’ll know in plenty of time to start packing your bags and choosing which panels you want to attend!

(As always, anyone is welcome to submit, even if you’re not attending the con this year. We love seeing what everyone comes up with for a caption, so if you have a good joke, share it!)

How do you enter? Submit your entries to us in comments below, or tweet them @WatchersOTWall. You can do so as a text caption, or a link to an image if you choose to modify the original image yourself. Have fun, and the sky’s the limit. Be creative and good luck to all who enter!

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The Curious Nature of Love on Game of Thrones – A Video Essay

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Interpersonal bonds tend to be, uh, fraught on Game of Thrones, to say the least. In a show famous for its complexity and brutality, we’ve watched plenty of (fairly) conventional relationships break down over the course of seven seasons. In this video essay, however, I take a look at the bonds that have survived thus far and, more specifically, examine how hitting rock bottom often facilitates reconciliation.

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Dragonpit set construction begins for next Game of Thrones Season 8 location shoot

The Dragonpit as it looked in season seven's "The Dragon and the Wolf."

The Dragonpit as it looked in season seven’s “The Dragon and the Wolf.”

The Dragonpit will return in season eight and we may see more of it than last time. Filming in Santiponce, Seville will commence before the end of April, so production is already underway to make the Roman amphitheater of Itálica look like the Dragonpit of King’s Landing. Below, we bring you a first glimpse at how that work is going!

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Enter the Caption Contest to Win a Pair of Day Passes to Con of Thrones!

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Con of Thrones is coming! In less than two months, we’ll be in Dallas, TX, celebrating all the fun, fascination and fandom of Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire with thousands of you all. But even more of you could be with us May 25-27, because we’re giving away tickets! That’s right, starting this week, we’re beginning a series of contests in partnership with Mischief Management. A variety of con badges will be up for grabs, starting today. What do you have to do?

We’re having a caption contest! As you can see in the photo above, Miltos Yerolemou brought his delightful Syrio Forel-inspired waterdancing skills to Con of Thrones last year and will be doing so once again in 2018, as part of the stellar special guest line-up. For our contest, we’d love for our readers to provide a caption to the photo of Miltos sparring during one of his exciting workshops. Something funny, clever, or memorable—stick us with the pointy end of your wit!

Who can enter? The complete rules are listed below but the short version is ‘anyone!’ This is a worldwide contest for a pair of Con of Thrones day passes (one day of your choosing, May 25-57). The deadline for your entry is Sunday, April 15, 2018 at midnight ET. We’ll announce the winners next Monday so you’ll know in plenty of time to start planning your cosplay and picking out which panels you want to attend!

Anyone is welcome to submit, all readers, even if you’re not attending the con this year. Frankly, we love a good joke, so we want to see what everyone comes up with for a caption!

How do you enter? Submit your entries to us in comments below, or tweet them @WatchersOTWall. You can do so as a text caption, or a link to an image if you choose to modify the original image yourself. Have fun, and the sky’s the limit. Be creative and good luck to all who enter!

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Season 8 Dragonpit shoot will begin earlier than expected—and last for much longer!

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The Dragonpit was one of the most exciting settings in season seven, not least of all because it reunited many characters after a long absence and had many others meet for the first time. The tense climactic parley therein may also have something to do with it. That’s why it was so wonderful to learn that the Roman ruins of Itálica in Seville, Spain, would be revisited in season eight, and so soon, too. Today, the news get even better, as we just got word that filming will begin sooner than expected—and run for much longer!

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