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Complete Guide to Westeros

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The Complete Guide to Westeros is a series of short videos that appear in the Game of Thrones Season 1 Blu-ray set. Actual cast members, in-character, narrate the major events of the 12,000 year long history of Westeros. The "Complete Guide" for each season has a combined running time of 60 minutes, thus each functionally constitutes a full-length "bonus episode" of sorts. The featurettes were written by series staff writer Bryan Cogman.[1] The illustrations in the Complete Guide are created by the TV series' storyboard artist, William Simpson.[2]

The goal is that viewers new to the TV series that are not familiar with author George R.R. Martin's books are given within the space of an hour a thorough crash-course on all of the vital things one needs to know about the backstory of the world of Westeros.

Similar to the theme of the books, each of the characters gives their own perspective on historical events. For example, Robert Baratheon is filled with self-righteous fury when he describes the Sack of King's Landing, while Viserys Targaryen stresses what a betrayal it was and how the Targaryen children were butchered. The House Stark characters are horrified by the bloodshed in the Sack of King's Landing, while Tywin Lannister considers it to have been a necessary evil.

The Complete Guide to Westeros is broken in two groups of featurettes: "Houses" featurettes are in full-color limited animation and explain the specific history of main Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms; meanwhile, "History and Lore" explain the nature of institutions, cultural aspects, and historical events of the Seven Kingdoms, and are presented in charcoal-style drawings.

The corresponding collection of videos to the "Complete Guide" on the Season 2 Blu-ray set is titled Histories & Lore.

History and Lore


Voice Cast


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