Game of Thrones Meets Dogs and The Result is Magnificent

Love Game of Thrones? You'll love this. Love Dogs? You'll love this. Love both? Your mind will be blown.

By | Posted: May 8, 2014, 4 p.m. PST

I never can get enough Game of Thrones. So imagine my delight when I came across a perfect melding of two of my favorite things—GoT and dogs!

These "Game of Bones” illustrations by artist Maura Condrick at were right on the mark. Although I do wish she would have done one for Hodor (Hodor!). Maybe another round of illustrations is in order.

To get you in the proper viewing mindset, we bring you the Game of Thrones opening sung by a dogs.  

And now on with the show!

Tyrion "Spot" "Underdog" Lannister

Witty, charming, complex Tyrion is easily my favorite character in both the books and the HBO show (thank you Peter Dinklage for your spectacular portrayal of The Imp). Like the French Bulldog, Tyrion might be short in stature, but never underestimate him—his mind is always calculating his next move in the Game of Bones, er, I mean Thrones.

Tyrion Lannister. Game of Bones

Cersei "Sweet Polly Purebread" Lannister

I can only assume that Cersei's nickname is tongue-in-check. Yes, she is as purebred as they come, but nothing about the queen regent is sweet or innocent. The aloof and regal blonde Afghan Hound—complete with stoic gaze—couldn’t be a more fitting choice for Cersei's canine caricature.

French Bulldog. Game of Bones Maura Condrick

Jon "Snowball" Snow

If the name Snow wasn’t enough of an insult—Snow is the surname given to all bastards in the North—then "Snowball” certainly takes the cake. I think Jon takes the form of a Border Collie here, but a white shepherd in honor of his direwolf Ghost might have been a good choice. At any rate, I just love the pommel of Longclaw peeking over his shoulder.

Jon Snow. Game of Bones Maura Condrick

Daenerys "White Fang" Targaryen

Dany is possibly my second favorite character of the series. Don’t let her platinum-blonde hair and delicate features fool you. She looks innocent enough (is she a white Poodle in this illustration?), but those who have faced her would tell you otherwise—if they were still alive that is. Although here she’s depicted as the Mother of Dragonflies rather than Dragons, we all know you don’t want to mess with the Khaleesi.

Daenerys Targaryen. Game of Bones Maura Condrick

Jaime "Rex the Wonder Dog" Lannister

The German Shepherd Dog is the quintessential military K-9, so it’s fitting for a born warrior like Jaime Lannister. Since Rex means "king,” I wonder if the artist is referring to Jamie’s unflattering nickname, the Kingslayer. The gold paw is a nice touch.

Jaime Lannister. Game of Bones Maura Condrick


Sansa "Lassie" Stark

"Lassie” is the perfect nickname for sweet Sansa—always a well-mannered lady and forever doing what she’s told, Sansa is a loyal pup through and through. She looks even sweeter as an Irish Setter with flowing red locks—if only Septa Mordane could see her pupil now.

Sansa Stark. Game of Bones Maura Condrick


Sandor "The Hound" "Sansa's Little Helper" Clegane

Ok, for those caught up on season 4 of the HBO series, The Hound might be more correctly Arya’s Little Helper now, but he did come to Sansa’s rescue more than once and let’s be honest, everyone loves a good reference to The Simpson’s. The ferocious Sandor certainly looks more lovable as a Bloodhound.

Sandor Clegane. Game of Bones Maura Condrick


Margaery "Queenie" Tyrell

Poor Margaery … always the bride, never the Queen. Rendered as a sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wearing a luxurious silk gown, Margaery looks every bit a Queen. Maybe she’ll have her turn at the throne yet.

Margaery Tyrell. Game of Bones Maura Condrick


Joffrey "Mad Dog" Baratheon

Loyal book fans and HBO-show-watchers don’t always see eye to eye, but vile Joffrey Baratheon is the one character we all love to hate. And I think we can all agree that the artist nailed it when she drew Joffrey as ill-tempered Chihuahua with crazy eyes. F*** the King.

Joffrey Baretheon. Game of Bones Maura Condrick

Brienne "Marmaduke" of Tarth

Brienne’s canine form appears to be that of an Irish Wolfhound, which is not surprising considering it’s the tallest dog breed. I guess her nickname Marmaduke refers again to her height. OK, we get it—Brienne is tall. She is also loyal, brave and honorable, qualities that make her a fine warrior and faithful friend.

Brienne Tarth. Game of Bones Maura Condrick

Tywin "Old Yeller" Lannister

Tywin’s depiction as a scowl-faced Greyhound makes me feel sad for Greyhounds the world over. Greyhounds are loving and sweet—Tywin is awful. I do like the Hand of the King pin affixed to his robes—nice detail.

Greyhound. Game of Bones Maura Condrick

Arya "Toto" Starks

Ah, little Arya… all she wants is to go home. Instead she’s being toted around by The Hound like a twisted version of The Wizard of Oz. Of course, instead of reciting the mantra "There’s no place like home,” Ayra is busy reciting the names of all the people she intends to kill. Never trust a Boston Terrier wielding a sword of castle-forged steel—she might stick you with the pointy end.

Arya Stark. Game of Bones Maura Condrick


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Beth   Kimball, Michigan

5/13/2014 3:40:52 PM

These are awesome. Very funny and creative. Masterfully done! I really enjoyed these pics, as I am a fan of dog and Game of Thrones. Super clever!

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