Game of Thrones is easily the most popular show on television right now, and it’s the biggest hit HBO has ever had. Sadly, it will be gone from our screens following the eighth and final season that’s due next year. But at least it’s been a heck of a run. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, our jaws have dropped, we’ve been on the edge of our seats – we’ve pretty much experienced every possible feeling on the human emotional spectrum, and we owe it all to the power of good storytelling. And sure, a lot of the appeal of Game of Thrones is the dragons and graphic nudity. But here’s the thing: we come for the dragons and graphic nudity, but we stay for the complex character dynamics, heated family drama, stunning visuals, and breathtaking action sequences. Oh, and Tyrion. Tyrion’s also one of the biggest draws. Game of Thrones has won 38 Emmy Awards, more than any other scripted primetime series, and it’s quite possible that no other show (except for maybe Breaking Bad or The Sopranos) has resonated quite so perfectly with both the most snobbish of critics and the most passive of audiences. That’s a near-impossible balance to strike, so kudos to David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and George R.R. Martin for pulling it off so deftly. Game of Thrones has millions of dedicated viewers in a fan base that gets larger and larger every single day, so if you’re hoping to claim the title of biggest GoT fan, you’ve got some pretty stiff competition alongside you. Prove your mettle by acing this quiz!
1What did Ramsay change Theon’s name to?
Theon Greyjoy has had quite the story arc. He started off the series as kind of a douche, but he’s since been taken captive by Ramsay Bolton (who rivals Joffrey as the most hated character on Game of Thrones) and broken down into the hollow shell of a man, being given a new name and a new identity as a bitch. He’s since escaped that hell, but the trauma will never, ever go away. What did Ramsay change Theon’s name to?
2Which of these is a catastrophic GoT event?
One of these is the name given to a terrible day of bloodshed whereby a bunch of everyone’s favorite characters were killed, including Robb Stark, the woman he loved, and the unborn child in her womb. It was a really groundbreaking and harrowing moment that kicked GoT above its status as the best fantasy show on television to the best show on television, period (except for maybe Breaking Bad). So, what is the name given to this tragic, shocking, and almost unwatchable event?
3Whose series of books is the show based on?
The series of books that Game of Thrones is adapted from is called A Song of Ice and Fire, and it includes the brilliant and acclaimed novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, and the upcoming The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, which the author has been seriously taking his time with. He’s years past when it was expected. So, which author is it?
4How many kingdoms are there in Westeros?
Westeros is about the size of South America, and it's where the entirety of Game of Thrones is set. Well, there and Essos, but mostly in Westeros. The books have built up a very rich and dense backstory and geography surrounding Westeros that is interesting if you have the time to look it all up. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't have the time, but that's fine, too. You get a lot of the backstory and geography from the show, anyway. How many kingdoms are there in Westeros?
5Which group does Ygritte belong to?
Jon Snow's romance with Ygritte is frowned upon, first because he's not supposed to have romance because of the oath he took, but also because she belongs to a group that lives beyond the Wall. What's lovely is that in real life, the actors who play Jon and Ygritte are getting married, which is just wonderful. Best wishes to them. Ygritte's group is the same group that Sam Tarly's love interest Gilly belongs to, too. Which group does Ygritte belong to?
6What is Petyr Baelish's nickname?
Once you've seen The Wire, HBO's other critically acclaimed sprawling drama series, it's hard to look at Petyr Baelish without seeing Tommy Carcetti, the corrupt mayor of Baltimore played by Baelish actor Aiden Gillen in that other show. However, once you get used to it, the versatile and talented actor disappears into the role and you're able to appreciate him as the devious Master of Coin. Petyr Baelish has a nickname that some people refer to him by. What is it?
7Which of Ned's children is a bastard?
The Starks are probably the least dysfunctional family in all of Westeros. That's not to say they're wholesome role models; they're simply not as bad as the rest. There's no incest going on and they're not killing each other, so they're pretty much the most normal family in all of Game of Thrones. The only thing, really, that's frowned upon is the fact that one of Ned's children is a bastard. This is indicated by his Snow surname. Which one is it?
8What is Daenerys' title?
Daenerys Targaryen is one of the most popular characters in Game of Thrones. She started off as a frightened little girl and has grown into a strong and fierce leader. She married into royalty with a Dothraki horselord and received a special title that has become one of the most popular names for baby girls in the years since Game of Thrones premiered. Rolling Stone magazine named Daenerys the best GoT character whose story is “a non-stop confrontation with complex ideas about sex, war, gender, race, politics, and morality.” What’s her title?
9Who plays Tyrion Lannister?
Tyrion Lannister has always been a fan favorite character. The showrunners responded to his immense popularity after the first season by making him one of the show's most prominent characters from season 2 onwards. His creator has said that Tyrion is his favorite of his own characters. The actor who plays him is great at handling the drama that comes along with the character, but he has also given some really terrific turns in comedies like Elf and Pixels. He's got it all. Which actor is it?
10Who brought Jon Snow back to life?
It was a huge and shocking moment in Game of Thrones history when Jon Snow was slain in cold blood and left for dead, but it was an even huger and more shocking moment when he was resurrected in the following season. It's really harrowing when he describes what death was like, because it was basically nothingness. That's like the deepest human fear there is, to have that confirmed. He's also said that if he dies again, he doesn't want to be brought back. But who resurrected him the first time?
11Who was the Mad King?
The Mad King was the last member of House Targaryen to rule from the Iron Throne. His full official title is ____ of the House Targaryen, the Second of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm. But that’s quite a mouthful, so “the Mad King” will do. He went mad and was brought down by Robert Baratheon in a civil war. But who actually was the Mad King?
12Who killed Joffrey?
Joffrey Baratheon is arguably the most hated character that has ever graced television screens. Kudos to the actor for taking the bullet on that one. The only other character who possibly rivals him for that title is Game of Thrones’ own Ramsay Bolton. Joffrey was despised by every GoT viewer for the first few seasons until they could rejoice when he was poisoned and they got to watch him die in very brutal and sinister fashion. But who was it that actually poisoned him?
13Who won the Battle of the Bastards?
Last year, "Battle of the Bastards" was praised as being quite possibly the greatest episode of Game of Thrones yet. It saw Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton finally face off after a long and intense rivalry. The plot is a little predictable, but the action is directed inventively and excitingly enough to overcome that. Season 7 was really great, so it might not be the greatest episode anymore, but anyway, who won the Battle of the Bastards, Jon or Ramsay?
14What is Jaime Lannister’s nickname?
Ser Jaime Lannister is one of the most controversial and divisive characters in all of Game of Thrones and that’s for a number of different reasons. For starters, he enjoys a sexual relationship with his sister Cercei, and in one of the most controversial scenes in the whole show, he raped her. He is also known for having murdered the Mad King when he was serving on his Kingsguard, for which he has a related nickname. What is that nickname?
15Who plays Daenerys Targaryen?
The actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen is a magnet for awards for her portrayal. Her performance as Daenerys has gotten her for nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013, 2015, and 2016. The actress has also become a huge star in her own right outside Game of Thrones, starring in Terminator: Genisys and the tearjerker Me Before You. She’ll also be appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story next year. Who is she?
16How many episodes were in season 7?
Until season 7, every season of Game of Thrones had consisted of 10 episodes, so fans were looking forward to getting 10 new episodes when season 7 came along this year, as were HBO, who earn millions of dollars from every new GoT episode, so they'll take as many as they can get. However, the producers decided that they simply didn't need 10 hours to tell the season 7 story, so they cut the episode count down. How many episodes were in season 7?
17Which of these characters has Brienne served?
Brienne of Tarth is a burly and intimidating knight who is feared and who tackles opponents deftly – and guess what, she’s a woman! She’s been praised for her “trailblazing feminist badassery.” She is played by the British actress Gwendoline Christie, who was also cast in a similar role in the Star Wars sequel trilogy as Captain Phasma. Christie has become a fan favorite since her introduction as a loyal knight servant in season 2. Which of these characters has Brienne served?
18Which hand is Jaime Lannister missing?
In the season 3 episode of Game of Thrones, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” Jaime Lannister has his hand cut off by Roose Bolton’s men in return for them not raping Brienne. Jaime’s twin sister Cercei offered him a golden hand to replace it and make his stump less noticeable. However, it is medieval times, so the fingers aren’t apposable, unlike the replacement hands in Star Wars, which have joints and everything. Anyway, which hand is Jaime Lannister missing?
19Which writing duo adapted the novels for television?
The author of the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series had always considered his books to be “unfilmable” and had therefore never given out the adaptation rights before. However, when a certain screenwriting duo took it to HBO where all the sex, violence, and profanity would be allowed, he relented. What also won the author over was this duo’s answer to the question, “Who is Jon Snow’s mother?” Intriguing. So, which writing duo adapted the novels for television?
20What is the name of Arya’s sword?
Jon Snow had a sword made for Arya by Mikken, the blacksmith of Winterfell, and she’s given it a name. Arya is only little, so the little sword she’s been given has been designed in order to help her fight with it without needing the large and intimidating build of the male knights of Westeros. She might be a small person, but she’s on a warpath and she’s unstoppable. She has a kill list. Try and stop her. What’s the name of her sword?
21Did Tyrion and Sansa consummate their marriage?
In Game of Thrones times (it didn’t actually happen, with all the dragons and stuff, but it’s vaguely based on the medieval era), marriage wasn’t about love and fate and bonding souls. It was about merging two powerful families for power and wealth and stuff. That’s what happened when Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark had their ill advised wedding ceremony. But it’s not ‘official’ until it’s been consummated. The marriage between Tyrion and Sansa obviously went very south, but before all that, was it consummated?
22Which episode was the pilot?
The pilot episode of Game of Thrones went through various different stages. There were a bunch of script drafts (as there usually are) and then there was a version produced that went completely unaired before the one that aired as the beginning of the first season was produced. In the unaired one, there was a completely different cast, particularly in the roles of Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark, that was later changed. So, anyway, which of these episodes was the pilot ultimately?
23In which season did Ned Stark die?
It used to be extremely rare that recurring or supporting characters in ongoing television series would get killed off forever. When it happened with Maude Flanders on The Simpsons, it was a huge and shocking moment. However, these days, with shows like The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy, a character death every now and then has come to be expected. But a central protagonist like Ned Stark?! Unheard of! He had his head cut off! In which season did it happen?
24What is the name of Robb Stark’s wife?
In the historical era in which Game of Thrones is loosely set, marriage was not for love, but was rather for financial gain or business associations or power or wealth or something else lacking in emotion. But Robb Stark fell in love with a woman who was a battlefield nurse, hacking off the limbs of wounded soldiers in truly gruesome fashion, and he married her. In the books, her name was Jeyne Westerling. What is her name in the TV series?
25Who plays Arya Stark?
The actress who plays Arya Stark is just 20 years old and we’ve watched her grow up on the show. Despite being so young, she has been nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, along with a lot of the other terrific women who act on GoT. The actress behind Arya had a small role in a few episodes of Doctor Who, and next year, she’ll be seen in the superhero horror movie The New Mutants. So, who plays Arya Stark?
26Who burned his own daughter alive?
Some truly horrible things have happened on Game of Thrones, but possibly the darkest and most harrowing moment is the moment that a man burns his own daughter alive. It’s intended as the sacrifice of a princess to the Lord of Light in order to appease him. The Lord of Light was not pleased by the sacrifice. Instead, the response was the man’s wife committing suicide and half of his army abandoning him. Yikes. Who burned his own daughter alive?
27Who killed Tywin?
Lord Tywin Lannister, patriarch of the Lannister family, was portrayed by Charles Dance, who was a classic actor before his stint on GoT, after which he has been typecast in roles in dark fantasy projects, like the movie Dracula Untold and the video game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. He also played the role of Baron Frankenstein alongside James McAvoy’s Victor Frankenstein in, well, Victor Frankenstein. But he can only take these roles because he was killed in Game of Thrones. Who killed him?
28Which of these characters was NOT sentenced to trial by combat?
Trial by combat is an interesting legal practice, defined by Tyrion Lannister quite simply as this: “A trial by combat, deciding a man’s guilt or innocence in the eyes of the gods by having two other men hack each other to pieces. Tells you something about the gods.” The whole point of a trial by combat is to see the subject judged fairly by the gods. There’s obviously some moral questions raised by this. Which of these characters was NOT sentenced to trial by combat?
29Who was subjected to a naked walk of shame?
There’s one primary character in Game of Thrones who was subjected to a humiliating naked walk of shame that they’ve never quite recovered from. Framed by the Faith of the Seven as a “walk of atonement,” this walk is a very open and public ritual of punishment and penance for sinners who have confessed to their misdeeds. A distance for the walk is determined beforehand, and then the sinner is stripped of all their clothes and forced to do the walk, surrounded by everyone watching them, chucking things at them, and hurling insults their way. Who was made to do this?
30Who is this character?
This character goes by a cool aviary nickname and his real name is unknown. He’s in a few of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and he’s played by Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce in the HBO show. He is characterized by the fact that he never wears any fancy gold or expensive robes, instead opting for a cheap white wool tunic. Pryce has said of the character, “I quite like the fact that people are going, ‘Oh, he’s a horrible character!’ And I’m going, ‘No! He’s one of the good people in Game of Thrones! He’s clearing out all the bad people!’” Who is the character?
31Who composed the theme music?
The theme music that plays over the opening credits of Game of Thrones is just as iconic as anything that’s ever come after the opening credits, and that’s all down to the legendary composer who created it. Just thinking about it makes you want to hum it. It’s got a great tempo, it matches the tone of the show perfectly, and it ranks alongside The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead for iconic and memorable drama series themes. Who composed it?
32Who plays Jon Snow?
Technically, Game of Thrones has an ensemble cast of characters and their actors, with the story focusing on a whole bunch of different characters, rather than just one with a supporting cast surrounding them (in the vein of Breaking Bad). But if you were going to pick a single main character, it would probably be Jon Snow, right? Everyone loves Jon Snow, and he’s had a hell of an arc over the course of the series. But who plays him?
33What is the name of Bran’s direwolf?
Bran Stark had sort of disappeared for a few years and it seemed like he wouldn’t have any more interesting storylines coming up on Game of Thrones, but then, out of nowhere, he rose from the ashes with one of the most engaging story arcs on the entire show, as his relationship with his direwolf took center stage and gave us some of the best episodes and moments of the last few seasons of GoT. What’s the name of his direwolf?
34Daenerys is the “mother” of what species?
As a wedding gift, Daenerys Targaryen was given three eggs of a certain species, and then when she took those eggs into a fire with her, they hatched and she became their “mother.” She has since nurtured those babies and raised them from their very first day on Earth, and now, they are huge and fearsome creatures that Daenerys has been able to use to fight her enemies, so it all paid off in the end. What species are they?
35Which Clegane brother is older: Sandor or Gregor?
Sandor Clegane, aka “The Hound,” the guy with the scar on his face who was originally assigned to guard King Joffrey (look how well that turned out), has been in the show since the pilot. He even survived being killed by Brienne. He’s unstoppable. But so is his brother Gregor Clegane, played by 400 lb bodybuilder Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. They’re both badasses, which makes sense, because they share the same DNA. But which one of them is older: Sandor or Gregor?