9 ways ‘Game of Thrones’ changed the way we talk

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Back in 2011, no one could have predicted that Game of Thrones would become Game of Thrones. Fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series were probably hype about getting an HBO adaptation of a book series they knew and loved, but a fantasy TV show where heroes die and villains (sometimes) win was considered a gamble for a network better known for The Wire and Sex and the City.

The sheer excellence of Thrones shone through even in its earlier seasons, and from the moment Ned Stark’s head tumbled off the chopping block in “Baelor,” the stage was set for this compellingly violent character extravaganza to take over the world. And take over it has.  Read more…

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