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Histories & Lore[4] is an animated micro-series included in Blu-ray release of each season of Game of Thrones.

Premise[]

Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves.[56]

Overview[]

Actual cast members, in-character, narrate the major events of the 12,000 year long history of Westeros. Each video lasts for about one to three minutes (sometimes slightly more), and the videos included in each season's Blu-ray set have a combined running time of 60 minutes: thus each functionally constitutes a full-length "bonus episode" of sorts. The Season 1 shorts were written by staff "lore master" Bryan Cogman. After he was promoted to full staff writer, from Season 2 onwards they were written by his assistant Dave Hill (who was also later promoted to a full episode writer in Game of Thrones: Season 5), though Cogman still oversaw the scripts for them.

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 shorts are not fully animated, but rather the "camera" pans over detailed still-frame artwork as characters narrate their contents. The drawings were produced by the TV series's storyboard artist William Simpson, comic book artist Dan Parsons (Star Wars), among others such as Elia Mervi.

In Season 1 the artwork was in the form of pencil and charcoal drawings, but as they were well-received, more time and resources were put into those produced in subsequent seasons, including full color and more detailed artwork. From Season 2 onwards the videos also include much more zooming in and out by the camera, and sometimes even shifting between two frames to show action (a raised axe in one shot will be lowered while the rest of the frame remains still). As a result they became more of a motion comic.

Seasons[]

Season Shorts Release date
1[4] 24[4] March 6, 2012[5]
2[56] 19[56] February 19, 2013[57]
3[58] 16[58] February 18, 2014[59]
4[60] 16[60] February 17, 2015[61]
5[62] 14[62] March 15, 2016[63]
6[64] 18[64] November 15, 2016[65]
7[66] 8[66] December 12, 2017[67]
8[2] 6[2] December 3, 2019[6]

Cast[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 1: "The Children of the Forest, the First Men, and the Andals" (2012).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season (2019).
  3. Histories & Lore: Season 8, Short 6: "Maegor the Cruel" (2019).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (2012).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jacob Klein (March 4, 2012). Game of Thrones DVD & Blu-Ray Available 3/6!. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dan Selcke (November 25, 2019). New History and Lore videos explore Maegor the Cruel, the Blackfyre rebellion, and more. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 10: "The Field of Fire - House Stark" (2012).
  8. Histories & Lore: Season 6, Short 5: "The Great Tourney at Harrenhal" (2016).
  9. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 3: "The Old Gods and the New" (2012).
  10. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 4: "The History of the Night's Watch - The Night's Watch" (2012).
  11. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 5: "The History of the Night's Watch - House Stark" (2012).
  12. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 6: "The History of the Night's Watch - House Lannister" (2012).
  13. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 8: "Valyria & the Dragons" (2012).
  14. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 11: "Mad King Aerys - House Baratheon" (2012).
  15. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 2: "Greyjoy Rebellion - Theon Greyjoy" (2013).
  16. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 3: "Greyjoy Rebellion - Stannis Baratheon" (2013).
  17. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 5: "Robert's Rebellion - Davos Seaworth" (2013).
  18. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 6: "Robert's Rebellion - Margaery Tyrell" (2013).
  19. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 9: "House Greyjoy" (2013).
  20. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 10: "House Clegane" (2013).
  21. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 11: "The Free Folk" (2013).
  22. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 15: "The Free Cities" (2013).
  23. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 16: "Qarth" (2013).
  24. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 18: "The Alchemist Guild" (2013).
  25. Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 3: "House Reed" (2014).
  26. Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 4: "House Bolton" (2014).
  27. Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 6: "House Tully" (2014).
  28. Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 7: "Lord of Light" (2014).
  29. Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 9: "The Red Keep" (2014).
  30. 30.0 30.1 Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 10: "Robert's Rebellion - Petyr Baelish and Varys" (2014).
  31. Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 11: "The North" (2014).
  32. Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 14: "The Stormlands" (2014).
  33. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 1: "House Martell" (2015).
  34. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 3: "Dragons" (2015).
  35. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 5: "The Bastards of Westeros" (2015).
  36. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 6: "The Iron Bank" (2015).
  37. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 8: "Sellswords & Hedge Knights" (2015).
  38. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 9: "The Wall" (2015).
  39. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 10: "The Nations of the North" (2015).
  40. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 11: "The Kingsguard - Jaime Lannister" (2015).
  41. Histories & Lore: Season 4, Short 13: "The Maester's Chain" (2015).
  42. Histories & Lore: Season 5, Short 1: "The Seven-Pointed Star" (2016).
  43. Histories & Lore: Season 5, Short 7: "The Lord Commanders" (2016).
  44. Histories & Lore: Season 5, Short 8: "Robert's Rebellion - Barristan Selmy" (2016).
  45. Histories & Lore: Season 5, Short 10: "The Fighting Pits of Meereen" (2016).
  46. Histories & Lore: Season 5, Short 12: "The Many-Faced God" (2016).
  47. Histories & Lore: Season 5, Short 14: "The Great Masters of Meereen" (2016).
  48. Histories & Lore: Season 6, Short 1: "The Old Way" (2016).
  49. Histories & Lore: Season 6, Short 4: "War of the Ninepenny Kings" (2016).
  50. Histories & Lore: Season 6, Short 9: "Northern Allegiances to House Stark" (2016).
  51. Histories & Lore: Season 6, Short 10: "Children of the Forest vs. The First Men" (2016).
  52. Histories & Lore: Season 6, Short 13: "House Dayne" (2016).
  53. Histories & Lore: Season 6, Short 16: "House Tarly" (2016).
  54. Dan Selcke (September 20, 2017). Bryan Cogman is developing a fifth Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  55. Vanessa Cole (July 22, 2017). Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (2013).
  57. Charlie Harwood (November 19, 2012). Release Date & Details for Game of Thrones Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  58. 58.0 58.1 Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season (2014).
  59. Jacob Klein (June 24, 2013). Game of Thrones Season 3 Blu-Ray & DVD Release Date Confirmed. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  60. 60.0 60.1 Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season (2015).
  61. Cian Gaffney (July 15, 2014). Game of Thrones Season 4 DVD/Blu-ray Release Date Confirmed. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  62. 62.0 62.1 Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season (2016).
  63. HBOWatch Staff (October 7, 2015). Game of Thrones Season 5 Available on Blu-ray, DVD March 15, 2016. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  64. 64.0 64.1 Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season (2016).
  65. Dan Selcke (July 18, 2016). Complete details on the Game of Thrones Season 6 DVD/Blu-ray boxset. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  66. 66.0 66.1 Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season (2017).
  67. David Harris (Razor) (September 29, 2017). Check out the full list of Histories and Lore segments from the Game of Thrones season 7 Blu-Ray. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 15, 2023.


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