It’s the most pirated TV show of all time, but just watching all the episodes of Game of Thrones (GoT) or reading the A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIF) books doesn’t make you a fan. Oh, no, no, no. You have to back up those geek credentials with a little extra effort.
True fans of the series create maps of the world, and trace the paths of its characters. They download apps to learn to speak Dothraki. They play games on their smartphones, recreating the mighty adventures. And they make sure that the Internet doesn’t spoil the latest episode for them.
Do you think you have it in you to pledge your life and honor to the world of GoT, for this night and all nights to come? Let’s find out…
A Game of Thrones Guide (Android, iOS): The Official Companion App to the Series
The Internet is full of eye-popping GoT fan blogs, but nothing beats the official stance on things, right? Penguin Random House, publishers of the ASOIF books, made this official app as a guide to George R. R. Martin’s (GRRM) legendary series. It’s focused more on the books than the TV series, but don’t worry, there’s enough love for those who only watch the shows without reading the books.
The Guide serves as a quick reference companion when you are wondering, “Wait, who is this Oberyn guy?” or “Where exactly is Meereen located, and what is its history?” Yup, GRRM’s books have answered a lot of questions which the show hasn’t, so you’ll find a lot of extra information here, presented in easy-to-digest form. This information is available in book-centric InfoPacks to avoid spoilers; for example, you don’t want to know what happens to Jon Snow if you’re reading the second book.
The Guide also comes with an interactive map for you to navigate the world of ASOIAF, and even chart the journeys of some characters. The free version limits you to eight characters, a few houses and places, and other such restrictions. After that, it’s all about buying those InfoPacks to unlock content. It’s remarkable, and a brilliant accompaniment when you are binge-watching episodes.
r/ASOIAF (Web): The Definitive Sub-Reddit for All Things GoT
Speaking of comprehensive guides and ideal companions, you simply have to visit Reddit’s forum for all things GoT, helpfully titled “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Needless to say, the community is especially active on the day after an episode, as fans dissect what happened, put forth intriguing fan theories, and point out small things that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.
ASOIAF is also a great place for both book and TV show fans to talk together, discussing everything from Jon Snow’s future to Daenerys Targaryen’s past. Be warned though, it’s not an easy place for newcomers. You’ll need to pay attention to the rules in the sidebar, especially the use of spoiler tags. You avoided the Game of Thrones spoilers, so don’t ruin it for someone else.
A Song of Ice and Data (Web): Data Analysts Predict the Next Deaths
The GoT series is renowned for killing off established characters — and plenty of them, at that. For a little morbid fun, check out A Song Of Ice and Data, a project by researchers at the Technical University of Munich, which predicts who is likely to die next in the show.
You can compare two characters to find out which of them has a higher chance of being offed soon, along with a comparison of how people on Twitter are reacting to these two, as well as their journeys so far on a map. All of this data, along with more data from A Wiki of Ice and Fire, is crunched by the project to figure out what’s coming next.
The Rankings show who is most likely to die next, along with data about who are the “top survivors”, who gets the most positive or negative mentions, and which fictional houses are considered the most dangerous. And yup, this one has an interactive map too!
Shame Bell (iOS, Android): Ring the Shame Bell at Your Friends!
Warning: To understand this app, you need to have watched the fifth season of Game of Thrones, so there are spoilers ahead if you haven’t.
One of the most iconic scenes in GoT is when Cersei Lannister performs the naked “walk of atonement” through the streets of King’s Landing. Who can forget Septa Unella’s cries of “Shame!” accompanied by a ringing bell?
Well, when your friends do something silly now, you can whip out your smartphone and proclaim a similar “Shame!” The Shame Bell app is free and simple. Start the app and shake your phone to ring a bell, tap the screen for Unella’s inimitable voice to yell, “Shame!”
Note: The iOS and Android apps are made by different developers, but work the same way.
GameofSpoils (Chrome): Stop Spoilers From Ruining Your Day
Speaking of spoilers, just in case you weren’t able to watch the first stream of the episode or are waiting to host a TV-watching party, you want to avoid GoT spoilers on Facebook and Twitter, right? Then you need to install this nifty Chrome extension right away.
GameofSpoils is made specifically to block Game of Thrones spoilers, unlike other one-size-fits-all extensions. So you get to avoid specific spoilers for the currently aired episode, apart from generic keywords.
The best part is how GameofSpoils blocks that content. It is aggressive in keyword blocking — far more so than other extensions like Spoiler Shield. And instead of blurring just the post while letting you see comments and replies, you’ll see a huge black band that covers everything.
Download: GameofSpoils for Chrome (Free)
Bonus! Game of Quotes ($0.99 | iOS): iPhone Keyboard Filled with GoT Quotes
A measly dollar is a small price to pay to prove your love for one of the most successful TV shows of all time. So grab the Game of Quotes app from the App Store and speak some of those epic dialogues instead of… well, talking like a normal person.
I’ll be honest, I thought this app would be silly when I first heard about it. But after using it, I really dig it! It’s simple to use too. Just choose a character you like, and you’ll be presented with a scrolling list of their best quotes from the GoT shows. Tap what you like and it’ll be sent.
The setup is just like how you would install any third-party keyboard on iOS. Of course, you don’t need to always use it, so just switch to it when you want. All in all, quite a fun app, especially during the regular season’s GoT mania. The only downside is that there are no season 6 quotes… yet.
Download: Game of Quotes for iOS ($0.99)
Recommend GoT Stuff!
Come now, this is not even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Game of Thrones stuff. We already know about Telltale Games’ amazing GoT mobile games or the new cross-platform Game of Thrones Ascent game, so give us more!
What other fantastic GoT sites, forums, podcasts, YouTube channels, and apps do you know?