Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the lights on at MakeUseOf. Read more.
The latest and last season of Game of Thrones has started airing, which inevitably leads to many theories and rumors swirling around. Here are a few must-have apps and sites for fans, especially if you want to challenge your friends about whose predictions turn out right.
Keep in mind, these resources are aimed at fans of the TV show, not George RR Martin’s (GRRM) book series A Song Of Ice And Fire. The shows have deviated from the books considerably, so if you prefer the books, there are other apps and sites for ASOIAF fans, including a full search engine of all the text.
1. Balto’s Dead or Alive Pool (Web): Alive, Dead, or Wight?
Web app Balto usually hosts fantasy leagues for sports, but Game of Thrones fans will be happy to know there’s a version for them too. The “Game of Thrones Dead or Alive Pool” sets up a prediction pool for each episode.
It’s broken up in three sections. Character Questions asks you if a character will be dead, alive, or become a white walker in that episode. You need to choose an attribute for each character, and you’ll get points if you turn out right.
Next, you have Theory Questions, such as “Will the Cleganebowl happen?” and “Is Tyrion a Targaryen?” which have a simple yes or no selection. And finally, predict who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of the season. Each episode you guess correctly gains you 30 points.
Make your predictions and share the link to the pool with your friends. You will be battling with hundreds of other GoT fans, but there is a special satisfaction in out-thinking your friends, right?
2. Throne Fantasy (Android, iOS): Fantasy Football for GoT
Think you’re a wiz at predicting the outcomes of everything in GoT? Put your money where your mouth is in the Throne Fantasy league, where you can compete against friends to figure out who’s the best at figuring out what GRRM’s mind cooked up.
Throne Fantasy needs a Facebook login, and you can add friends through Facebook. You’ll need to create a winning “team” of different players, like selecting a king or queen, the best armies, the best advisors and politicians, the best knights, and so on. Each character gets rated on multiple attributes, such as death, dialogue, loot, military, politics, violence, sex and nudity, and miscellaneous. Choose wisely!
You will also need to make other predictions, like how many cups of wine will be had in the season, or who will eventually sit on the Iron Throne. Each correct prediction earns additional points. Scores are auto-updated after every episode, and you’ll get a penalty for signing up late, so get on it.
Set up your team, create a league, and add your friends to find out who is the true blue Game of Thrones fan.
3. Map for Game of Thrones (Android, iOS): The Best Free GoT Companion App
There are plenty of companion apps for fans of the Game of Thrones series. Forget about all of them and download this one. Map for Game of Thrones is, without doubt, the best free app for a map of the world, and what’s happening in it.
The app includes a fascinating recap of each episode across all the seven seasons so far, told through plot points on the map. It’s a wonderful way to remember what happened, and see it from the perspective of distances.
There is a biography of each character (along with quotes by and about them), description of areas, and history of settlements. You can find anything quickly with a strong search function.
Of course, if you want none of that, you can simply browse the map, clicking on icons to find more information. It’s astounding that all of this is available for free.
Keep in mind, the app takes a little time to start up. Till then, you’ll see a poster for the new season that you can’t interact with. Don’t think your phone has frozen, be patient and the app will start soon.
Download: Map for Game of Thrones for Android [No Longer Available] | iOS (Free)
4. Talk The Thrones and Binge Mode (Podcast): The Best Game of Thrones Podcasts
It's time to arm yourself with some dragonglass and prepare for war! #TalkTheThrones is back!
— The Ringer (@ringer) April 22, 2019
There is a range of podcasts dedicated to Game of Thrones, and they are all wonderful. The Ringer has two of the most widely acclaimed podcasts, focusing on analysis as well as a rounded view.
Chris Ryan, Mallory Rubin, and Jason Concepcion host Talk The Thrones, which prides itself on in-depth analysis of each episode. Drawing from the books as well as reading news about the show and its actors, you’ll find both geeky deep-dives into theories, as well as theories drawn from real-world cast and crew news.
Binge Mode is one of the coolest ways to find out everything you wanted to know about Game of Thrones. Concepcion and Rubin have companion podcasts for entire seasons gone before, and are now tackling the new season episode by episode. Given how much material they have, it’s easy to refer to previous episodes too.
Both podcasts are available to stream on The Ringer’s YouTube or by subscribing through your favorite podcast app.
5. Making Game of Thrones (Web): Official Behind The Scenes Blog
One of the unsung heroes in the Game of Thrones world is its behind-the-scenes blog. Making Game of Thrones has some of the best analysis based on what the creators intended, such as this wonderful post on the many throwbacks in the first episode of season eight.
You’ll get behind-the-scenes videos while making the show, artwork from storyboards and scenes, cast and crew interviews, and much more. It’s a treasure trove of data for fans of the show, but somehow, this blog has gone under most people’s radar so far.
How to Avoid GoT Spoilers
Given how many people watch Game of Thrones and tweet or post about it live, it’s difficult to avoid spoilers about the episode. If you’re even a day or two late in watching, chances are you will know about some big event already.
To avoid Game of Thrones spoilers, we recommend the GameOfSpoils Chrome extension to set up basic filters on your browser. But if you want to be really sure that you won’t read something before you watch it, try our full guide to avoid Game Of Thrones spoilers.