3.4: May 2015, The Game of Thrones Issue. In the game of thrones, you win or you die. But first, you’re utterly transformed. Through parody and paintings, gifs and gore, the fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones explore how this world of bloodshed shapes the lives of Westerosi. Spread across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, the Starks each navigate an avalanche of violence, loss, and manipulation, forming the centerpiece for the show — and our issue.