As ever, it’s been a long winter for the vast legions of Thrones fans; waiting for those 10 glorious weeks of the year when we live once more. Yet like with so much prolonging it’s that final stretch that becomes the hardest to endure. When your destiny emerges out of the horizon but we have to venture on, seeing it every day but not quite reaching it. With just 4 weeks until the April 12th season premier and the latest trailers and photos tantalising us in every direction we’re left chomping at the bite of geekyness for that magical Sunday night. You’ve re-watched the past seasons to death; you’ve re-read the books, what more can you do? Here at Epicstream, we’re hurting right there with you. So to help you through these last 28 days, like some time killing milk of the poppy, here’s our ten strong banquet table of ideas and Internet fun to help it pass a little smoother....
The star’s go all out so why shouldn’t you? Don’t just squiggle your butt back into that same couch cushion mould on April 12th. Gather your many awesome geeky friends and honour the return of the best show on television with a night that all the Gods (old and new) would be proud of! This is something that many people across the realms have already done and posted their tips and tricks for pulling off a night that even a Lanister would gawp at (feel free to invite us!). From amazing food and drink ideas to incredible invites and decorations everything you need is out there, from the easy and affordable to the lavish. Here are some of our favourites (a Joffrey dart board is a must!). If you have any great ideas of your own pop them in the comments.
Just because Dany she’s going to break the wheel this year doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few spins. Get an email betting/predictions ring going with your friends about how things will go down this season. Keep away from book certainties and focus on more trivial details that you have to guess at. How many on screen deaths each episode? Who’ll be the first character to swear or say given catchphrases like “Winter is coming”, “Valar morghulis” or “A Lanister always pays his debts”? The time of the first on screen nudity/dragon appearance/sword fight? Which episode will get the highest/lowest ratings? Anything you like really that isn’t overly plot specific or obvious. You can setup a league and leader board with your friends to update each week but for best results don’t put any money/gold on it. Just keep it fun and just use a forfeit or favour system i.e. whenever’s in last place has to wear an embarrassing costume to your season finale party (which of course you’ll having after your season premier party is such a success!). Or make your own novelty trophy for the victor.
Being able to throw down a few phrases in Klingon is cool if you’re looking to impress someone in their 40's at ComiCon. If you really want to get the girl, tell her she’s your Moon and Stars like a true Horse Lord. This great website offers a full breakdown of tutorials from beginners to advance. Clicking on the main page will also provide links to similar Valyrian tutorials.
One for the ladies or the majestic locked males. Save you spent years gazing at the elaborate styles of your favourite female characters but never tried (at least successfully) to own that look yourself? Well this site has five great styles all laid out for you in step by step guides. Get your girlies together, get the wine flowing and make a night of trying the different looks out on each other. As well as having a fun evening you may get some great ideas for making the scene at your season premier party!
While this double F combination has taken a bit of a bad rap recently following mass monstrosity Twilight fan fiction that is 50 Shades of Grey. While there’s certainly a lot of “wanting” stories out there (and of course some that are just bloody awful) there’s still plenty of great reads for the keen fan to enjoy. This is a link to many different recommend stories along with their synopsis. Pick something you like the sound of and see where it takes you. Maybe even write your own story in between seasons 5 and 6?