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Game of Thrones Arya among 200 most popular names

Baby names are becoming increasingly adventurous – often inspired by characters and figures from the world of entertainment. More than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year were named Arya, sharing their name with the well-known Game of Thrones character. That’s more than the number of children who received traditional names like Mary (204) and Catherine (163). Another name from the HBO series growing in popularity is Khaleesi. There were 69 girls born last year with the same name as the would-be Queen of Westeros, according to figures…

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Game of Thrones: Why Littlefinger's manipulation was patriarchy personified

 The penultimate season of Game of Thrones ended this week, and the internet is simultaneously sighing with relief and gleefully air-punching over sisters Sansa and Arya Stark teaming up to take manipulative sociopath Petyr Baelish out of the game. (And by take out, I mean dispassionately and poetically slit across the throat with his own knife – a long awaited cathartic moment of comeuppance.) Along with having my pet fan theory on Jon Snow’s parentage confirmed last season (totally knew it), this perfunctorily violent scene now holds a special place in…

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Game of Thrones finale: What did the critics think?

Spoiler warning: This article contains plot details The seventh series of Game of Thrones has come to a dramatic conclusion. Fans are torn between being stunned by the major plot developments and heartbroken that the episode could be the last one on our screens until 2019. That’s when the fantasy epic, based on George RR Martin’s books, is rumoured to be coming back one last time. The finale was shown in the US on Sunday, and broadcast in the UK on Monday. So what have critics said? Game of Thrones:…

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Game of Thrones: Who is the true heir?

The seventh season of fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones is hurtling to a close, and the burning question for fans right now is: “Who will inherit the Iron Throne?” The world of Westeros may be fictional, but its origins are far from imaginary. “Medieval Britain has played an enormous impact on the series,” creator George RR Martin once said. What better way to determine the true ruler of the Seven Kingdoms than by using the rules that govern the British monarchy? We’ve compiled a list of contenders for the…

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Game of Thrones highlights common problem with defining success in a 'man's world'

As winter descends and Game Of Thrones’ seventh season draws to a close, there’s a thought that has burrowed further into my mind with each episode: what if Game Of Thrones has turned into a cautionary tale about neoliberal feminism? Or, more specifically, a cautionary tale about neoliberal feminism’s beloved goal, which is women succeeding within macho power structures. You know the sort: Margaret Thatcher, Marissa Mayer, Hillary Clinton. The women whose success in A Man’s World is held up as feminism’s great triumph, even if said women don’t do…

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