Detroit Zoo Honors Game of Thrones Through Warthog Names

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Hear that sounder? It’s the pitter patter of little warthog hooves! Four piglets born April 8 have officially made their debut! Learn more: http://bit.ly/1GDAKGj

Posted by Detroit Zoo on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Someone in power over at the Detroit Zoo really loves Game of Thrones as they announced they were naming five new piglets after characters on the show May 27.

Yes, the world welcomed females Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei, and males Tyrion and Hodor into it's terrible embrace as they were born April 8. Not sure why it took them so long to announce the new names, maybe the good zoologists and George R. R. Martin enthusiasts just needed to see whose personalities the swine best embodied.

"We're thrilled to have this new litter to add to our warthog family. Like all pigs, warthogs are smart and precocious and a lot of fun to watch running and rooting around in their habitat," said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society.

The warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) has a large head with a flat face, high-set eyes and elongated snout. A mature warthog stands about 30 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh between 125 and 300 pounds. Its stocky, muscular, almost-hairless body features wrinkly, gray skin; a long, coarse mane along its neck and back; and a long, tasseled tail.

Among the warthog's most noticeable characteristics are the four large tusks protruding from the sides of its snout. The two upper canine teeth curve up and over the snout while the sharp lower canines are short and straight. The warthog also sports protruding facial warts which give the species its name.

Game of Thrones Ratings Fell Off the Wall Last Sunday

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Game of thrones memes season 5 ratings went down after Sansa's terrible episode.
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Uh oh. After May 17's controversial episode, Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken many said they would swear off Game of Thrones.

Many were deeply unhappy about the treatment of Sansa and the inclusion of sexual assault against her that did not exist in the book's treatment. A lot of people said this was the final straw and vowed to stop watching the show entirely.

Well last Sunday's ratings might have provided a peek behind the ratings curtain as TV on the Numbers is reporting a big drop-off in viewers compared to the previous week.

Game of Thrones only garnered 5.5 million viewers with a 2.5 share of the 18-59 demographic for Sunday's The Gift. Whereas, the vilified episode received 6.2 million viewers or a 3.1 share of the 18-49 demographic.

Before you grab your pitchforks or pat yourselves on the back, keep in mind that this step decline could just as easily have been the work of the Memorial Day weekend. Remember that sweet blissful three days you had off? Those were the days.

That Dragon Glass...

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game of thrones memes season 5, me thinks that dragon glass will return.
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But also, the same thought could be said of that screwdriver Sansa picked up off the barell....

Game of Thrones' Season 6 Has Begun Casting

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Game of thrones memes season 6 casting has begun
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With Game of Thrones season 5 casting now over halfway over, it's the perfect time to receive some season 6 casting news. Lucky for you, that's exactly what Watchers on the Wall reported May 26.

This speculation may easily leak into spoiler territory, so be warned!

Seemingly, the most important news out of their reporting is the apparent casting of Randyll Tarly, otherwise known as Sam's dad. The listing describes the casting as: "Aged 50's to 60's, he's one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros- a humorless martinet, severe and intimidating. He demands martial discipline in the field and in his home."

For those that read the books, if that proves true, it highlights at least one of the plots that would come next year and the places the story will travel.

Here are the other castings Watchers on the Wall announces:

Pirate, man in his 40's to late 50's. He's "an infamous pirate who has terrorized seas all around the world. Cunning, ruthless, with a touch of madness." He's a dangerous-looking man. A very good part this season.

Mother, in her 50's. She's a sweet, plump, and adoring mother, and has a soft spot for one of her children who benefits from her decency.

Sister, in her early 20s. She's a kind, friendly and unpretentious woman.

Brother, in his early to mid-20's . Athletic, a good hunter, an excellent swordsman, manly, not particularly bright but the favourite child of the father.

Priest, in his 40's or 50's. A gruff ex-soldier who found religion. Now a no-nonsense rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside. He's salt-of-the-earth man who has weathered many battles.



What do you think, readers? Any more of those ring a bell?