Game of Thrones is actually inspired by real history

Game of Thrones

Tens of millions of us tune in to HBO every week to watch kings, queens, knights, dwarves, and dragons battle and backstab each other for the reigns of power in a mystical Medieval Europe. But, did you know that George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is largely based on real events throughout history?

Watch this neat TED-Ed video by Alex Gendler on the real history that inspired the world-wide phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. It might even make a “history buff” out of you.


Can you think of the famous historical event that inspired the final scene of this season’s finale (don’t worry, we won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet by going into greater detail)? Feel free to comment below if you know the answer.

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