The fierce and quick-witted Arya is an inspiration to tomboys and the parents who love them, so much so that they're naming their daughters after her. According to Wired, it's the fastest-rising name for girls.
Dancing with the Stars, meet Khal Drogo and Daenerys.
Actor Corbin Bleu Viennese-waltzed to the tune of the Game of Thrones intro on Dancing with the Stars in October 2013. The ABC show is in its 18th season and, while it's certainly made some nods to geek culture during its run, this is the only time in memory that it was done with no direct connection between the contestant and the content.
The Simpsons is in its 25th season (take that, Dancing with the Stars), and its intro famously varies. In this Game of Thrones version, the clockwork Westeros-based intro transposes perfectly onto Springfield. Note: The three-eyed crow that appears in The Simpsons post-2009 intro (a.k.a. Blinky) is positively prescient.
You could drink a Dornish red wine if you were in Westeros or a Tyroshi pear brandy if you were in Essos—but you can't drink either here on Planet Earth. You can, however, quaff one of three Game of Thrones beers (The Iron Throne; Take the Black Stout; Fire and Blood), courtesy of Ommegang.
After the winter of 2013-2014 (which, in some parts of the world, is still playing out despite the calendar), no one can stop saying, "Winter is coming." More proof that Game of Thrones has crossed over into reality? It's also been used as an expression for "power play" by The Wall Street Journal.
Animal Planet hosts the annual Puppy Bowl, a version of the Super Bowl, but with puppies. At this year's exhibit, hosted by the channel's parent company, The Discovery Channel, fans could pose for photos on a strangely familiar throne.
Misbehave in class? A teacher will mete out punishment worthy of George R.R. Martin.
A teacher in Belgium, who has read the George R.R. Martin series, warned an unruly classroom that if they did not behave themselves, he would spoil the TV show. Best of all, he did spoil some of the show. They were on their best behavior after that.
There are many perks to being in the highest elected office in the United States, and President Barack Obama seems to have tapped into the best of them: Early access to episodes of one's favorite shows. In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed that the current occupant of the Oval Office had requested and received advance screeners of the upcoming fourth season. We look forward to the day when the threat of spoilers replaces military weapons as the chief method of international deterrence.
Alright, so the recently released, free-to-stream hip-hop mixtape dedicated to Game of Thrones is more marketing gimmick than organic outgrowth of widespread popularity. Still, at least a couple of the MCs involved in putting together the tunes were already fans of the show - both rapper/actor Common and Outkast's Big Boi expressed their love of all things Westerosi in the run-up to the record's release.
Pictured above is the special box sent to Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick after she made no bones about her love for Game of Thrones in various tweets and other social media outbursts. She's hardly, however, the only mainstream celeb to have embraced the inner fantasy lover - big names like Kristen Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Richard Dreyfuss, Elijah Wood, and even America's Sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence, have gone on record as being dedicated enthusiasts of HBO's hit series.