Winter is…here! Weddings might be bad news on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but George R.R. Martin and HBO haven't given viewers any reason to be afraid of the holidays. In fact, for many fans, a little taste of “Game of Thrones” might be the perfect Christmas gift as they await the much-anticipated Season 5, spring 2015 premiere.
Here is your guide to “Game of Thrones” gift shopping for the 2014 holiday season:
The most obvious gift for fans of the HBO drama is the show itself! The first four seasons of “Game of Thrones” are available on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon and other distributors. Season 4 is available for pre-order (for a Feb. 17, 2015, release) for $39.99.
Fans who want to go a little deeper into the "Game of Thrones" story might enjoy the “Song of Ice and Fire” book series by George R.R. Martin on which the show is based. All five books are available in paperback. The set retails on Amazon for $29.81.
The Video Game
Video-game lovers might enjoy the “Game of Thrones: Tell Tale Game,” which debuted this month. The game, released episodically in seasons, follows a new house, House Forrester, as they navigate the treacherous political landscape of Westeros. The game runs parallel with events from the TV series, beginning toward the end of the events of Season 3. It is available for download on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Steam and PC. A full Season 1 pass costs $19.99.
The Board Game
It's a board game, too! Players compete “Risk”-style to claim the Iron Throne after the death of King Robert Baratheon. The game is available on Amazon for $51.20.
The HBO store has a plethora of “Game of Thrones” merchandise from the cheap -- stuffed-animal dire wolves for $19.99, a map of Westeros blanket for $29.99 -- to the expensive -- a replica of the Hound’s helmet ($300).
The Ommegang Brewery has created a series of beers specifically for fans of “Game of Thrones” – there's Iron Throne blonde ale, Take the Black stout, Fire and Blood red ale, and Valar Morghulis dubbel ale. The brewery’s site even offers an app to help viewers find locations in their area that offer the speciality beers.
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