There’s a wee town just outside of London that’s about to become really really famous all thanks to HBO. Kings Langley will be officially named “King’s Landing” by for an entire week to celebrate Game of Thrones Season Three’s release on DVD. The Hertfordshire village was discovered by an exec, who, according to Radio Times, "heard the town listed as a stop while waiting for a train at London's Euston station and was inspired to instigate the name change." Remember, everyone, it’s not television, it’s HBO, they have that kind of power.
Thankfully there will be no massive battles or gratuitous bloodshed as is fashion on Game of Thrones. Nay, the town will just be re-named as the royal capital of all of Westeros for promotional purposes only. Fingers crossed for some most excellent celeb spottings and the Thrones gang behaving most un-Thrones-like.
The little town north of Watford isn’t the only place that’s getting a royal transformation. In fact, there are a handful of ways our world as we know it is turning into Game of Thrones. Though most of us are hopefully more clothed and less stabby than the HBO fantasy drama series. But, seriously, Season Four is on its way and something Westeros this way comes. Take a look:
WINTER IS COMING. FOREVER.
Or it least it feels that way. If you live in the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, The Pacific Northwest...basically anywhere that’s not Southern California, a few bits of Texas, and Florida, you’re experiencing the coldest weather in Decades. Brace Yourselves.
Oh and everything is Frozen . Literally and Pop-Culture-ally.
Who run the Westeros (And the World) ? GIRLS.
Game of Thrones catches a lot of (deserved) flack for its abusive and sexist treatment of women. Some might call the show “violent and rapey.” I wouldn’t call those people wrong. However, I will give the series credit for the seriously badass women who kick ass, take names, and rule the muhfuggin’ worlds of Thrones. These might be thousands of men running about wielding swords and wearing heavy furs, but really, no one would dare mess with the likes of Brienne of Tarth, Arya Stark or Daenerys Targaryen, or you know, the likes of Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai or Beyonce. Movers, shakers, WOMEN.
DRAGONS DRAGONS EVERYWHERE!
In case you missed it The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the biggest blockbuster of the Holiday Season. In no doubt partially due to the fact the fearsome dragon is voiced by none other than everyone’s favorite foppish Brit, His Royal Sherlockness, Benedict Cumberbatch. Daenerys may be the Mother of Dragons, but Benedict is the Voice of Dragons.
We’re all up in that royal business
Rugged and Rural is SO Fetch
Okay, so we might not be living in the medieval-ish times where you either live in a castle or an oppressive hut (Oh hey metaphor for America’s distribution of wealth! Bazinga!) ...however, trend-wise, the world is shying away from urban and going back to the farm. Farmer selfies aka felfies are a (glorious) thing. Faux furs are catching on as a chic way to keep warm. Oh, and in 2014 you’ll be seeing a return to Heartland fashion and romantic looser-fitting clothing. Aye.