Welcome to the inaugural edition of Hero Complex’s new Paycheck Friday series. Every other Friday, Hero Complex will guide you through the vast world of toys, books, games and other geek merchandise and share some of our favorites.
With “Game of Thrones” returning for its fifth season on Sunday, it’s only fitting that this week’s paycheck goes to fund a viewing party for the season premiere. Hopefully, these items will help guests get into the proper mood without taking an unpleasant turn the way celebrations often take in the series.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Carice van Houten as Melisandre. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton and Elizabeth Webster as Walda Frey. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand and Deobia Oparei as Areo Hotah. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Kit Harington as Jon Snow. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
First up, we have “A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook.”
What’s a Westerosi party without food? Anybody familiar with George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series knows that Martin’s novels are filled with highly detailed, almost opulent descriptions of the extravagant feasts indulged in by the upper crust of King’s Landing.
“A Feast of Ice and Fire” is the official cookbook endorsed by Martin, with recipes inspired by the fantasy series. The recipes are divided by region, so the most meticulous party planners can even organize the spread as a food map of Westeros.
With food taken care of, the next concern for a proper viewing party is beverages.
While wine would be the obvious Cersei Lannister-approved choice of drink, our pick is for the “Game of Thrones”-inspired beers by Brewery Ommegang.
The Cooperstown, N.Y.-based brewery has been creating “Thrones”-themed beer since early 2013 with its inaugural brew “Iron Throne,” a blonde ale in honor of the Lannisters. Its most recent creation is a dark Saison ale dubbed “Three-Eyed Raven.” Perhaps Bran Stark fans can turn to this brew to fill the void of his absence in the story line this season (please indulge responsibly).
Instead of directly depicting the story on the show, Telltale’s episodic adventure game follows members of House Forrester as they navigate Westeros and interact with familiar characters from the series. The events from the show are intertwined with the game’s narrative, which starts off near the end of the third season. The first three episodes are available now.
The fifth season of “Game of Thrones” premieres Sunday.
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