‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Video: The Religions of Westros

George R. R. Martin explains the various faiths of "Game of Thrones" and hints at the history of Westros before men came to the land.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

"Game of Thrones" was recently renewed for a third season thanks in part to the strong ratings performances of its two initial episodes from the second season. One of the reasons that new fans continue to react strongly to this series is the way that "Game of Thrones" translates the rich world created by George R. R. Martin in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels.

For fans who may not have read Martin's novels, HBO has produced a short video that examines all of the major religions of Westros as explained by Martin himself alongside "Game of Thrones" executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.

Notably, Martin states that the religion of the Old Gods was adapted from the non human races who lived on Westros long before men, including the Children of the Forrest; a race that has scarcely even been mentioned on the show to date.

Martin and company also define aspects of The Seven and elaborate on The Drowned God of the Iron Islands before taking a looking at the Faith of the Lord of Light, which the priestess, Melisandre (Carice van Houten) serves as she converts Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and his followers ahead of the War of Five Kings.


Catch the second season of "Game of Thrones" on HBO, Sunday nights at 9pm!