Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This is the real history that inspired Game of Thrones

got.PNG

Back in May last year, we ran a story concerning the rather alarming revelation that beloved rapper and advocate of soft drug use Snoop Dogg believed the world of Game of Thrones was 'historically accurate'.

We snorted. We chuckled. We raised our eyebrows in that "Oh lord, what a prat".

But we've an apology to make. No, it isn't historically accurate - Snoop is still an idiot - but George R R Martin did draw on a lot of real life history to inspire the events of his fantasy series. From the War of the Roses to Richard III, English history has provided most of the characters we've fallen in love with (before watching the brutally murdered) on Game of Thrones. To understand these parallels and influences better, check out the following documentary (that appeared on the Season Five Blu Ray). 

Related

martin.jpg

George R R Martin is open to a Game of Thrones spin-off

got.jpg

A journalist filed a freedom of information request to watch GOT early

gotdeath.jpg

This is who Game of Thrones fans think will die next

Comments

More

A point-by-point breakdown of the best worst moment in TV history

So bad it's good, but also really, really bad

by Tom Victor
25 Apr 2017

Those kids from the viral BBC interview have got their own TV show

Marion & James are hitting the small screen (again)

by Gary Ogden
25 Apr 2017

The League of Gentlemen is making a TV comeback

It's been confirmed by two of the writers

by Dave Fawbert
24 Apr 2017

These are the top 25 TV comedy put-downs of all time

At least according to 2,000 truly unimaginative votes, that is

by Tom Mendelsohn
19 Apr 2017

If you loved Making A Murderer, here's your new Netflix obsession

True Crime Gang represent

by Gary Ogden
18 Apr 2017

Watch Riz Ahmed absolutely destroy James Corden off in a rap battle

One of the stars of Rogue One turns out to be pretty handy with a microphone

by Tom Mendelsohn
18 Apr 2017

Dean Gaffney is coming back to Eastenders and that is great

He's probably set to "shake things up"

by Gary Ogden
18 Apr 2017

The first trailer for 'Orange is the New Black' season five is here

Season five will be in real time, over the course of just three days

by Emily Reynolds
11 Apr 2017

Mark Gatiss confirms Game of Thrones return for season 7

"I’ve done four episodes now and there’s two more they think"

by Matt Tate
11 Apr 2017

Gordon Ramsay didn't want to be Mary Berry's 'Bake Off' sloppy seconds

Well, when you put it like that

by Emily Reynolds
11 Apr 2017