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‘Game of Thrones’ Merchandise for Die-Hard Fans

Game of Thrones merchandise is a way to let fans show their kingdom pride. Some fans have no sense of dignity when it comes to letting their freak flag fly. There’s a subtle difference between the fan walks into fye and buys a Game of Thrones t-shirt that has every cast member’s face painted in a collage across the front, and the wise fan who cleverly buys a t-shirt with their favorite family’s house crest on it.

Here’s some of my favorite Game of Thrones merchandise for fans with discerning taste. Thanks go to Entertainment Earth for the ideas.


House Sigil Wax Seal Coaster 6-Pack

Game of Thrones House Sigil Wax Seal Coaster 6-Pack

This is my absolute favorite fan Game of Thrones merchandise: a coaster set that looks like the house seals from Game of Thrones. It’s modern meets Martin (as in George R. R.) And with all the major houses represented, you can each choose your favorite one for your next party. What a great way to keep everyone’s drinks sorted! Game of Thrones House Sigil Wax Seal Coaster 6-Pack

Iron Coin of the Faceless Man

Game of Thrones Iron Coin of the Faceless Man

The Faceless Man is one of the most interesting characters on Game of Thrones. His ticket to ride, so to speak, for Arya is a coin. It would be a great talisman to keep in your pocket.

House Stark Mug

Game of Thrones Stark Mug

Jon Snow doesn’t know nothing. He knows that Winter is coming and they’d better cover their butts. (Although, he needed to cover his butt a little better, no?) Meanwhile, you can stay warm with a nice cuppa.

Targaryen Coffee Mug

Game of Thrones Targaryen Coffee Mug

Meanwhile, the Khaleesi will drink some wine from this Targaryen coffee mug, while sitting on her desert throne. What will you drink?

Carved Map Marker Set with Map of Westeros

Game of Thrones Carved Map Marker Set with Map of Westeros

Here’s one of those wonderful fan collectibles that really sorts the men from the boys, so to speak. If you’ve got a couple of hundred bucks just sitting around waiting to be spent, you can create your own war room with this wonderful map set.

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House Crests Notebook

Game of Thrones House Crests Notebook

I’m a sucker for paper Game of Thrones merchandise. You never know who will snag your Raven messages, so perhaps keeping a journal (that stays in your corset!) is the best way to track your thoughts.

Direwolf Shield Replica Key Chain

Game of Thrones Stark Direwolf Shield Replica Key Chain

The Direwolf strikes fear in the hearts of the citizens of Westeros, so perhaps this keychain will keep the unwashed masses at bay during your day-to-day trips.

Map Magnet Set

Game of Thrones Westeros Map Magnet Set

Create a mini-Westeros on your fridge with these magnets. Perhaps when your “honey do” list doesn’t get done, you can slap a House Stark magnet on it to warn the “honey” in question that his head is in danger of leaving his neck.

Iron Throne Bookend Statue

Game of Thrones Iron Throne Bookend Statue

A lovely, subtle piece of Game of Thrones merchandise to help you display your love for George R. R. Martin’s series of books. Any book would be happy to rest between these bookends. (If it knows what’s good for it.)

Lannister Map Marker

Game of Thrones Lannister Map Marker

Hold down papers, napkins, or an unwelcome guest’s hand, with this gorgeous map marker of House Lannister. (House Stark is available, too.)

Direwolf Sculpted Mug

Game of Thrones Stark Direwolf Sculpted Mug

Your unwanted guest will get the hint to leave when the Direwolf’s head gradually appears in his drink. (Or maybe this is an incentive to get out of bed in the morning to enjoy your coffee. Hello, Wolfie!)

Stark Ring

Game of Thrones Stark Ring

Strike fear in your enemy’s heart (or at least in the boardroom) when she spies this ring, subtle reminder that you support the family that still survives, even after the Red Wedding. (The North remembers!)

Longclaw Sword Die-Cast Metal Letter Opener

Game of Thrones Longclaw Sword Die-Cast Metal Letter Opener

You, too, can feel like the Lord Commander when you slice through envelopes, hands, jugulars. You know, whatever’s nearby.

Arrow / Three Ghosts / The CW

Binge Watching Equals Binge Eating

Have you ever accidentally made an association between two of your favorite things? I recently realized I have created a strong association between two of my favorite things, a TV show and a food, without meaning to do so.

We’ve all read and heard about research that shows TV viewers are getting fat because we associate watching TV with eating. This Harvard Medical School article says watching TV stimulates us to eat more calories than we normally would. This Fast Co. article says that watching action movies drives us to eat fattier foods than, say, romantic comedies. Weight Watchers has an entire section of articles on their website that tells us how to set up our living room so we don’t fall prey to unintentional weight gain. (Hint: Get rid of your coffee table and replace it with a treadmill!)

I know that eating in front of the TV is really bad for me. In my head. But my heart and soul don’t seem to care. When the kids are asleep, and my husband is away on business, there is nothing more delicious than queuing up an episode of Arrow while I pop open a local IPA, grab a bowl of tortilla chips, and peel back the plastic on my favorite hummus.

What has happened as a result of that night-time indulgence, however, is that every time I watch Arrow, nay, every time I see Stephen Ammell (the star), I want a beer and hummus. I have become the proof of Pavlov’s theory, although unwittingly. So if I want to keep my weight from ballooning, I have to dig deep for a Herculean strength of will to fight this new association. (Although, watching skinny Thea and super-skinny Laurel wobble around on their towering heels helps me set that beer back down.)

What should you do in front of the TV instead of eat? It helps to keep your hands busy. If you have a hobby, like knitting, TV time is the perfect time to indulge that habit. If there are mindless chores that need to be done, like folding laundry, save it for Outlander. If you’re a gal, you could paint your nails during your favorite show. If you’re a guy, Game of Thrones is a great time to set up your fantasy sports picks. And everyone could benefit from some sit ups, push ups, lunges or squats during commercial breaks. (Or you can always switch out your coffee table for a treadmill.)

When I figured out I had created a habit without realizing it, I started wondering, what other food/TV associations do I have? Where Arrow makes me want hummus, Once Upon a Time makes me want a bowl of crunchy-sweet cereal and milk. True Blood gives me cravings for apple slices and smoked gouda. Bob’s Burgers makes me want a salad with rotisserie chicken, avocado and red wine vinagrette. (I usually catch up on cartoons during lunch.) Every single one of those meals goes better with a brew, of course.

Thanks to binge watching, we’re all indulging in too much binge eating. What TV show/snack associations do you have?

Game of Thrones

Lamenting the Recently Dead on ‘Game of Thrones’

Massive Spoilers for the already aired Game of Thrones Season Finale

And some Harry Potter spoilers

One good thing about killing off favorite characters is that it keeps readers and viewers on their toes and establishes the idea that, essentially, anything can happen. And no show has ever done that better than Game of Thrones. They kill off characters that are not only beloved by fans, but also played by actors that are a real asset to any show and the producers are, basically, crazy to get rid of. There have been whole movies built around the idea that Sean Bean is available. And Game of Thrones cut his head off in the first season. Since then, the kill-offs have continued: Rob Stark! Catelyn Stark! Hell, I was pretty upset about Barristan Selmy. But I believe that the killing of Jon Snow is the death that all the other deaths have been setting up. There’s no way Jon Snow isn’t coming back.

See also: Mike Brown Checks-in with and Makes Predictions for Game of Thrones

I made a prediction about Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows that I stand by, although I was way too specific: Dumbledore couldn’t be dead because his story wasn’t over. Well, he was dead, but he was in the damn book, even if it might have just been in Harry’s head! What I should have said was that we would hear from Dumbledore again. To be clear, I was wrong. But my thinking wasn’t wrong, there was more to the Harry/Dumbledore story and we were to hear from it.

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But only losers learn from their mistakes. Jon Snow is NOT going to be dead-dead, off-the-show dead. Remember that Game of Thrones is VERY careful with which subplots they choose to have on the show. Believe me, there are literally hundreds of little book stories being left out of the show. Each of those books is around a thousand pages long! But the TV show runners chose to have Beric Dondarrion get killed by the hound and then resurrected by his red priest, Thoros of Myr. And who is at Castle Black? Freaking Mellisandre, who is also a red priest. But I think in terms of skills and importance, Thoros is the Catholic priest at Palmer Station in Antarctica, and Mellisandre is the Pope.

But that’s not even the important thing. Jon Snow’s story is simply not over. We have watched Jon, Tyrion, Ayra, and Dany learn lesson after lesson about how to lead, when to fight, who to trust, and Jon couldn’t have learned all those lessons for no reason. Sure, Game of Thrones reflects history in that, well, people die when they shouldn’t. But think about Rob Stark. The young wolf won every battle! But just kept making mistakes with the politics and etiquette of Westeros and that got him killed. Rob’s story arc was to be exactly like himself the whole time. Jon Snow has been growing and growing. And all that hard-won wisdom is going somewhere.

This isn’t really relevant, but remember on the excellent ground-breaking show Hill Street Blues that they were supposed to kill Renko in the pilot, but just sort of didn’t? And that was one of the best shows ever! That’s just the way TV used to be.

Again, I have no special insight past watching the show and reading the books. So this is just a prediction. But I’m pretty confident in it. Anyone remember when I totally called the ending of How I Met Your Mother? Now that I type that, I guess that actually isn’t very impressive. So when I get this one right, it will be my new calling card!

By the way, apologies to the Catholic priest at Palmer Station. I’m sure you’re doing excellent work.


(Editor’s note: I don’t think he’s coming back. The producers have been pretty clear. And I don’t want to get my hopes up. It’s time to heal and move on, if I can.)

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