After over a year without a single new episode, Game of Thrones are back. Fans are as happy as ever! The seventh season kicked off on Sunday, July 16th. This seven-episode season is sure to be full of death, drama, and dragons. If the seven episodes just aren’t enough for you, here are eight podcasts and books that will supplement your Westerosi education and keep you entertained even when the season isn’t in full swing.

1) Entertainment Weekly Game of Thrones Podcast

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Recap what happened in Westeros every Sunday night with this detailed, hour-long analysis of the episode, ready for your Monday morning commute. One of the hosts was even invited to the set during the filming of the most recent season. The podcast offers fun insights without any spoilers. Pro tip: only listen if you’ve already watched the most recent episode.

2) The World of Ice & Fire

If the TV show leaves you wanting more, look no further than George RR Martin’s complete history of the seven kingdoms. This book is full of maps, illustrations, family trees and content you might one day see incorporated into the show. This is for the true lovers of Westerosi culture and history.

3)  The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Break out the colored pencils and your favorite sharpener because these beautiful scenes will have you bringing life to Westeros once more. Full of detailed images from the shows and beautiful, non-TV illustrations, you’ll love diving into this black and white world and brightening it up.

4) A Game of Thrones The Illustrated Edition

Published in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of George R. R. Martin’s landmark series, this lavishly illustrated special edition of A Game of Thrones—featuring gorgeous full-page artwork as well as black-and-white illustrations in every chapter—revitalizes the fantasy masterpiece that became a cultural phenomenon. Now the mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure of this magnificent saga come to life as never before.

5) Binge Mode: Game of Thrones Podcast

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Do you love rewatching old Thrones episodes to better understand the world of Westeros? Binge through the previous six seasons with Binge Mode’s Game of Thrones Podcast for some great company along the way. They discuss what happened in each episode and what it could mean for the future of our favorite families.

6) Game of Bones Cookbook

The Seven Kingdoms were not built on a diet of kale and coconut milk. The Mountain didn’t make his name by nibbling on nuts and seeds. The Iron Throne will NEVER be taken by a VEGAN. The men and women of Westeros and Essos were made tough from the moment they were plucked from the teat. These people wasted none of the animals they hunted and cooked, right down to their very bones. Check out these recipes for Ygritte’s chicken brew, Lannister hot spot, and  Hodor’s rabbit remedy, among others.

7) History of Westeros Podcast

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If you like your history to filter through your ears, check out this “enthusiastic” and “heavy-detailed” look at the past. With emails that get into the specifics of certain characters, events, or places, you can spend your hours learning about Euron Greyjoy, the life of Joanna Lannister, how each episode relates to the book, and The Hellhorn. There are more than enough episodes to keep you lost in Westeros!

8)  Game of Thrones and Philosophy

George R.R. Martin’s New York Times bestselling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a “good” king to usurp the throne of a “bad” one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals? Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member