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The Road to Westeros: Day 11 of the Countdown to Game of Thrones

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Rob Cesternino and Josh Wigler embark on day ELEVEN of a daily countdown podcast releasing one podcast a day until we arrive at the premiere of Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” on HBO on April 12, 2015.

 

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  • Matt Curran

    Thanks for doing the Road to Westeros it helped the countdown to Game of Thrones go by quickly. And remember a Wigler always pays his debt.

  • Rob: So do you have a Game of Thrones day ritual, do you get up?…
    Josh: Yeah, yeahhh I do

  • Jeremy Berman

    Hate to break it to you, Rob, but GRRM did base Westeros very directly on the real world, and you got it completely wrong. It’s based on Great Britain. If you look at a map of Europe, flip Britain backwards, and make it way bigger, you basically get Westeros and Essos.

    The Children were the original Celts who lived on the island (with perhaps the Others as the pre-historic Britons), and the First Men were the Germanic Anglo-Saxon Tribes who conquered most of the island. The First Men even had seven kingdoms like the seven kingdoms of pre-Norman Britain.

    Then, Aegon the Conqueror is the analogue of William the Conqueror in England’s history. William was a French-speaking Norman, and the French were one of the fractured descendants of the ancient Roman Empire. Similarly, the Targaryens were a descendant of the ancient Valyrians, who are basically Rome. The Free Cities are all like the various Romance nations in Europe (France, Spain, Romania, Italy, etc).

    The Dothraki are the steppe peoples (early Ukrainians and Russians, Mongols, Huns, etc), and father east are the East Asian equivalents, but we’ll never see those places in the show or books. Same goes to Sothyros, which is basically Africa. There’s also a place called Ulthos way to the east which is unclear, like maybe it’s India or something, or a Southeast Asia/Polynesia equivalent. Or a nearby Australia.

    It’s possible that there are equivalent continents for the Americas, but if they exist, the people in the books and show haven’t discovered them yet.

  • Thomas Milligan

    Planetos