The night is dark and full of terrors. Screw that noise, we’re staying in for beers, binging our favorite legendary-in-its-own-time HBO drama before its sixth season kicks off this April, and a game of Spades with these GAME OF THRONES Playing Cards.
Etsy store JokerandtheThief owner Matt Kirkland has designed a full traditional Bicycle-style deck inspired by the four claimants to the Iron Throne of George R.R. Martin’s second book in A Song Of Ice And Fire: Joffrey, Stannis, Renly, and eventual King in the North Robb Stark. Each card is impressively hand-illustrated and adorned with subtle references to both the four books published thus far and the ongoing HBO adaptation.
Kirkland may have appointed the four pursuers of the Iron Throne as the centerpieces of the deck, but his cards indeed pay homage to a wealth of Westeros legacies represented with a king honored by each suit:
THE STARKS (SPADES)
-Robb Stark, King in the North (KING)
-Catelyn Stark, Robb’s mother (QUEEN)
-Jon Snow, sworn brother of the Night’s Watch and half-brother to Robb (JACK)
THE LANNISTERS (DIAMONDS)
-Joffrey Baratheon, King on the Iron Throne (KING)
-Cersei Lannister, Queen Regent and Joffrey’s mother (QUEEN)
-Tyrion Lannister, Hand of the King and “uncle” of Joffrey (JACK)
STANNIS BARATHEON (HEARTS)
-Stannis Baratheon, King Robert’s eldest brother (KING)
-Melisandre, advistor to Stannis and Red Priestess (QUEEN)
-Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight and advisor to Stannis (JACK)
RENLY BARATHEON (CLUBS)
-Renly Baratheon, King Robert’s youngest brother (KING)
-Daenerys Targaryen, Kaleesi, Mother of Dragons (QUEEN)
-Jorah Mormont, advisor to Queen Daenerys and exiled knight (JACK)
JOKERS – Petry Baelish and Varys
These are no cheap novelties, either. This GAME OF THRONES Traditional Playing Card deck is printed on casino-quality 300gsm heavy cardstock.