UC Irvine is offering a free course on the Walking Dead franchise, and it's time someone offered a class on other fictional worlds and franchises. George R. R. Martin's popular novels are certainly a great choice, steeped in traditions from fantasy epics that came before it, the "Song of Ice and Fire" series is hailed by some as America's "Lord of the Rings" equivalent.
Sure, you can't get on the T without seeing at least two passengers nose-deep in one of these colorful paperbacks, but do you think any of them have taken a course on Westeros and its history? What about the philosophy of each of the houses? What does Game of Thrones tell us about international relations or literary theory?
Let's break this down, because winter is coming. Welcome to your Game of Thrones 101 Syllabus.