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Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. The episodes are mainly written by Benioff and Weiss, who are the executive producers alongside Martin, who writes one episode per season. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland, the United States and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment. Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its frequent use of nudity, violence and sexual violence has attracted criticism. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in both Long Form and Short Form, and a Peabody Award. Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

The Night’s Watch is a sworn brotherhood of men who patrol the Wall. As the series progresses, their enemies are the Others. The individual members or ‘Brothers of the Watch’ reject land and titles, practice celibacy, cut ties to their families, assume neutrality in politics, and never desert their assignments, on pain of death. Because their uniform is black in color, joining the Watch is known as “taking the black”. Membership varies in the story: the first scene of Game of Thrones shows a rangers led by a younger son of a noble family and two men of common birth. Many of the Night’s Watch are criminals, conscripted to redeem themselves. Joining the Watch is still considered an honor because any man can rise through the ranks regardless of illegitimacy or criminal past; but by the events of A Game of Thrones, they are few, and attenuated. In the absence of sufficient men to patrol the nineteen castles along the Wall, only Castle Black, Shadow Tower, and Eastwatch-by-the-Sea remain in use. The Watch is based at Castle Black, where the Lord Commander of the Watch resides and new recruits are trained. In A Dance with Dragons, Jon Snow has resolved to repair and staff every castle within a year. At the end of training, new recruits are assigned jobs: builders repair the castles and make weapons, stewards take care of administration, housekeeping, and other day-to-day tasks, and rangers are sent on patrols. When joining the Night’s Watch, all members must swear the following oath, either in a sept if they are of the Faith of the Seven, or before a heart tree if they follow the Old Gods of the Forest. “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.” ?The Night’s Watch oath. A heart tree is the center of a Godswood. It is a Weirwood tree that has a face carved into the wood of the trunk. Heart trees are sacred in the religion of the Old Gods of the Forest, and the closest thing to a “shrine” that the religion possesses. Weirwoods have red sap, which leaks out of the deep cuts in the trunk made for the eyes of the faces – giving the appearance that they are weeping tears of blood. The faces are thought to have been carved by the Children of the Forest. It is often said that no man can tell a lie in front of a heart tree, as the old gods know when men are lying. Heart trees are almost always weirwood trees, but other types of trees are used if weirwoods are not available. For instance, the godswood of the Red Keep in King’s Landing is a great oak.

Jon Snow is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. He is a prominent point of view character in the novels, and has been called one of the author’s “finest creations” and most popular characters by The New York Times. Introduced in 1996’s A Game of Thrones, Jon is the illegitimate son of Eddard Stark, the honorable lord of Winterfell, an ancient fortress in the North of the fictional kingdom of Westeros. He subsequently appeared in Martin’s A Clash of Kings (1998) and A Storm of Swords (2000). Jon was one of a few prominent characters that were not included in 2005’s A Feast for Crows, but returned in the next novel A Dance with Dragons (2011). The character’s presence in the forthcoming volume The Winds of Winter is uncertain. Jon is portrayed by Kit Harington on the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2012, Harington was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for the role. He and the rest of the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2014. In A Game of Thrones (1996), Jon Snow is the 14-year-old bastard son of Eddard “Ned” Stark, lord of Winterfell, and half-brother to Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon. Described as having strong Stark features with a lean build, long face, dark hair and grey eyes, he has the surname “Snow” — customary for illegitimate children in the North — and is resented by Stark’s wife Catelyn as a reminder of Ned’s affair. Jon is the same age as Robb and enjoys a warm relationship with his siblings, particularly the tomboy Arya, who resembles Jon and, like him, does not feel like she fits in. Ned treats Jon as much like his other children as propriety and his honor will allow; still, as somewhat of an outsider, Jon has learned to be independent and to fend for himself when necessary. Jon idolizes his father, but is wounded by Ned’s refusal to identify his mother.14 At the beginning of the story, Jon adopts the albino direwolf he names Ghost; he later finds that at times he can “inhabit” the wolf and share its experiences. David Orr of The New York Times describes Jon as “a complex, thoughtful and basically good character.” Ned Stark teaches all his children about leadership, selflessness, duty and honor, and though Jon is a bastard — and therefore expected by some of the nobility to behave less than honorably — he cannot help but follow his father’s example. This becomes more difficult as Jon faces challenges to his identity as a man, a Stark and a brother of the Night’s Watch. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the creators and executive producers of the television adaptation of the series, note that “Jon Snow tries to live with honor, while knowing that honor often gets his family members murdered.” They explain that he is one of several characters in the series who must “face hard truths about the world they live in, and adapt themselves to those truths. The struggle many of them face is how to do that without losing their grip on who they are.” David Orr of The New York Times called him one of Martin’s “finest creations.”

Christopher Catesby “Kit” Harington (born 26 December 1986) is an English actor who rose to fame playing the role of Jon Snow, a main character in the series Game of Thrones. He starred as Albert Narracott in the original West End production of War Horse. Harington also plays the lead role of Milo in the 2014 film Pompeii. Harington landed his first television role as Jon Snow in the hit series Game of Thrones. The show debuted in 2011 to great critical acclaim. Harington’s role is largely filmed in Iceland and Northern Ireland and requires Harington to constantly improve his sword fighting skills to contend with the environmental adversities. Harington’s made his cinematic debut in 2012 as Vincent in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Then, he was chosen for the role of Milo, of the film Pompeii. He also voiced the role of Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2. He will appear alongside Jeff Bridges in the upcoming film Seventh Son, currently set for a February 2015 release. In addition, he will play the character of Roland Leighton, main character’s love interest, in Testament of Youth, which is expected to be released in 2015. Harington was honored with Actor of the Year at the Young Hollywood Awards 2013, which celebrates the best emerging young talent in film, music and television.

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