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HBO's Game of Thrones has brought epic fantasy into the mainstream. With interweaving storylines shot in multiple countries, this show is proving that magic and dragons can be sophisticated. Viewers love the complex plot, gorgeous backgrounds and ample nudity so typical of HBO shows.

Every week, Game of Thrones manages to shock viewers with incest, murder and betrayal. As five would-be kings battle for a single throne, royalty is killed, innocent men are tortured and dark magic is created in shadows. Heroes discuss assassinating teenage girls, monarchs kills infants and noble girls disguise themselves as pageboys. Even fans of the book series on which the show is based have been surprised by dramatic twists created by the show's producers.

Part of fans' love for Game of Thrones is due to the show's attention for detail. Producers hired a conlinguist to create a fantasy language for one set of characters. Lavish costumes and set pieces bring the medieval world to life. Truly ugly actors are cast for parts that demand unsightly appearances. A little person is one of the most popular characters. HBO truly brings the Game of Thrones world to life.

Magic is common on the show. Zombies and ice creatures threaten from the North. Dragons and a powerful princess are growing strong across the Narrow Sea. Face-changing assassins are penetrating the kingdom, and the Lord of Light's devotees are bringing fire and death to the capitol city.

Despite the dragons, shadow assassins and magical priestesses that populate Westeros, adults are enthralled by Game of Thrones. HBO's decision to gamble on a series of fantasy novels is paying off as the network infuses the show with frequent nudity and violence to keep viewers hooked.

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Game of Thrones Full Episode Guide

  • The fourth season comes to a close after an unexpected arrival north of the Wall alters the situation. Danny must face difficult realities, Bran discovers more about his destiny, and Tyrion finally sees the truth.

  • Jon Snow and the Night's Watch face the most dangerous challenge in the Wall's history.

  • Unanticipated visitors come to Mole’s Town; Littlefinger’s motivation seems questionable; Ramsay works to prove himself to his father; Tyrion’s fate is determined.

  • While on the road, Brienne and Podrick find a new lead. Tyrion teams up with an unanticipated ally. Jon voices his concerns regarding the Wall's weaknesses, which are disregarded. Daenerys considers giving Daario more responsibility.

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Sean Bean of 'Game of Thrones' May Have Confirmed a Fan Theory About Jon Snow's Mother

Caution: Both real and theoretical "Game of Thrones" spoilers are ahead! The question, "Who is Jon Snow's mother?" is one of the biggest of the "Game of Thrones" series. In fact, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were granted permission to adapt the books into a show by George R.R. Martin only after they correctly deduced who Ned Stark's bastard's mother is.

See 'Game of Thrones' Before and After the CGI Effects Are Added

Some shots in "Game of Thrones" require obvious special effects. After all, you can't just go out to Petco and get a dragon. But others are far more subtle, as this video from CGI effects studio Mackevision shows. The video is essentially a highlight reel of the special effects that the studio did for the show over the fourth season, with a focus on the incredible environments created through VFX.

Arya (Maisie Williams) Talks 'Game of Thrones,' 'Heatstroke'

Watch out for spoilers!

Internet Reacts to Tim Howard's Record-Breaking World Cup Performance with 'Game of Thrones,' 'Lion King' Memes

The U.S. team may be eliminated from the World Cup, but at least we got something good out of it. Yesterday, the USMNT took on Belgium in the World Cup knockout round, holding the game scoreless until extra time. That wasn't for a lack of chances for Belgium, though, as the team took plenty of shots on goal. But the U.S. had Tim Howard. Howard, who plays with English club Everton outside of the World Cup, set a new record in saves in the USA-Belgium match.

That 'Game of Thrones' Character You Were Expecting in the Season Four Finale? Don't Get Your Hopes Up.

Fans of the books were stunned and worried when a certain character failed to appear at the end of season four. Will this individual be written out entirely?

This Guy Does Amazing 'Game of Thrones' Impressions

Westeros is a place full of some pretty varied accents, but we're convinced that this guy has nailed them all. YouTuber Steve Love has a brand-new video, in which he attempts to do impressions of all the major characters in season four of "Game of Thrones" (and maybe some of the minor characters, too). We'll admit it: We were definitely convinced right off the top with his Jon Snow.

'Game of Thrones' Finale Recap: Sweet, Sweet Justice

It just wouldn't be a season finale without a couple of good deaths, would it? Here's what happened this week on the "Game of Thrones" season 4 finale, by location: The Wall We pick up where we left off, with Jon Snow heading out the gate to meet with Mance Rayder. When he arrives, Mance gives him the honorable treatment yet again, and even raises a toast to Ygritte and Grenn (and the giant who died, but hey, fair's fair).

Khal Drogo Cast In 'Superman vs. Batman' As Aquaman

First he was Khal Drogo. Then he was Conan. Now, he's DC's most recently cast superhero. Former "Game of Thrones" star Jason Momoa has been cast in the upcoming "Superman vs. Batman" movie, according to reports. If the rumors are true, Momoa will take on the role of Aquaman, one of the main members of the Justice League. This will mark the first time the famous DC Comics character will appear in a live-action movie; however, the role has been played before on The CW's "Smallville" by Alan Ritchson.

Charity Winner Picked to Die in 'Game of Thrones'

30-year-old Facebook employee Dave Goldblatt, whose $20,000 donation to George R.R. Martin's charity auction earned him the "martyr" level prize, will now be appearing in the "Game of Thrones" series... at least, for a short time.

Pivotal 'Game of Thrones' Scene Lightened With a Little Bon Jovi

Was last week's big death a little too rough for you? Maybe this can help. (SPOILERS)

Ygritte (Rose Leslie) Weighs in on Sunday's 'Game of Thrones'

If you haven't caught up yet, beware of spoilers!

'Game of Thrones' S04E09 Recap: 'The Watchers On the Wall'

Listen. I want to know what happened with Tyrion, too. We could spend all day talking about how Oberyn should have just put the spear right in The Mountain's skull and everything would be okay and...sigh. But that's not what's happening this week. This week we go to Castle Black and spend the entire episode preparing for and watching the first big clash between the Night's Watch and the Wildlings.

'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Wants to Murder You (In a Book)

Isn't it everyone's dream to be murdered by George R. R. Martin? The "Game of Thrones" author has an intriguing offer for fans: the chance to become a fictional character in the GoT universe, and to subsequently be fictionally killed off in a brutal fashion. The offer comes as part of Martin's recent charity effort, which aims to raise money for both a local wolf sanctuary and food drive in Martin's native Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Watch Oberyn Martell Describe the Aftermath of His 'Game of Thrones' Fight with The Mountain

CAUTION: SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S "GAME OF THRONES!" If you watched "Game of Thrones" this week, or you went pretty much anywhere on the Internet yesterday, you probably know the fate of Oberyn Martell, the Dornish prince who volunteered to be Tyrion's champion in his trial by combat. It didn't end well for Oberyn. But Pedro Pascal, the actor who played Oberyn on the show, has enjoyed a huge spike in Internet fame following the earth-shattering episode.

'Game of Thrones' Recap: 'The Mountain and the Viper' and Tyrion's Fate Is Determined

What, you didn't think anything good was actually going to happen to your favorite characters on "Game of Thrones" did you? Here's what happened on this week's episode, "The Mountain and the Viper," by location: The Eyrie Our little Sansa is growing up: She's brought in to testify in the case of Lysa, who Littlefinger is claiming committed suicide.

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