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Game of Thrones (abbreviated GoT) is a television series based on the medieval high fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R. R. Martin. Game of Thrones is the title of the first novel and of the whole TV series. The series is produced by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and has been very successful, with many viewers, much critical acclaim and many Emmy awards. It is produced by and for the American pay television channel HBO, but is also carried by other TV companies around the world.

Seven seasons have been aired since the first broadcast, one season a year 2011-2017. All of those are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and, depending where you live, perhaps also on cable TV. The 8th and final season will only have 6 episodes, and premiered on April 14, 2019.

The series is one of the few fantasy series to feature graphic sex and violence, as well as foul language; it is not made for children. It is also adult in its exploration of moral gray areas and of philosophical and political concepts.

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The setting of the series is loosely based on various periods of English history, most notably the Heptarchy, which served as the inspiration for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and the War of the Roses, with the Houses of Stark and Lannister standing in for the Houses of York and Lancaster respectively, and to a lesser extent, on the history of other parts of Europe. The Red Wedding was inspired by two events in Scottish history; the Black Dinner in 1440 and the Glencoe Massacre in 1692. The Ironborn of the Iron Islands were loosely inspired by the Vikings, who conducted raids on the British Isles throughout the Middle Ages. The Wall is loosely based on Hadrian’s Wall in northern England, which was built during the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian at what was then the northern boundary of the Roman Empire.

King’s Landing is said to be an amalgamation of various medieval European capitals, combining the royal and political machinations of Paris, the religious might of Rome and the capitalistic grittiness of London. The banking city of Braavos, built on a network of canals, has clear parallels with Florence and Venice at the height of their power in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The massive Titan of Braavos statue recalls the sadly lost Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Martin has said in interviews that growing up in view of New York City, its light and harbor as well as the ships entering and leaving it, let his imagination run rampant and served as an inspiration to think of various sci-fi and fantasy stories that ultimately became the books he is now famous for.

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.

—Cersei Lannister

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The series is shot in a number of locations in different countries. The story has multiple threads that happen in different places so an episode usually includes things shot in several places.

Material from several locations is sometimes used even in a single complex scene. For example, most of the loot train battle in Season 7 was filmed in Spain, but the dragon and some of the other effects were added with computer graphics and Dani riding the dragon was filmed in front of a green screen in the Belfast studio.

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