Dragons, white walkers, cunning villains and unexpected heroes: what makes the narrative of Game of Thrones so captivating to millions around the world?
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Millions of people all around the world are fascinated by the HBO TV-series Game of Thrones, based upon the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin. But it is more than just a fantasy epos, because the series often borrows from history. Even the dragons and white walkers can be traced to Medieval myths and legends.
After the final season has concluded we still have some GoT to sooth your cravings. Medievalist dr. Frank Brandsma dissects what makes the series a special kind of narrative on paper and especially on the screen. What is the secret of Game of Thrones?
Frank Brandsma is associate professor Comparative Literature (Middle Ages) at the University of Utrecht. His expertise lies in narrative techniques and the presentation of emotions in medieval Arthurian romance.