Whether you’re reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, or viewing its popular HBO version, Game of Thrones, you will discover that food plays a big part in the major events happening throughout Westeros and across the Narrow Sea. In a world where dragons used to roam the wild and the undead are beginning to invade, everyone is focused on the politics surrounding the Iron Throne, where treachery and Machiavellian-level scheming are needed to rise to power and successfully hold onto it. Every time someone dies or two characters begin talking about killing someone, it is generally at a banquet or a dinner table, where all kinds of treats and unique dishes are on offer. If you are usurping someone from power or planning some sort of complex assassination, you have wine and pastries available. Only make sure you wipe the blood off the table before diving into Game of the craziest foods of Throne.
Oysters, clams, and cockles a la Stark
In the fifth season of Game of Thrones, we see Arya Stark finally attempt to assassinate someone for Jaqen H’ghar. Her master is one of the Faceless Men of Braavos, a fabled and mysterious order of assassins capable of altering their appearances stay secret and in order to prevent detection. After scrubbing the floors at the House of Black and White of the Faceless Men for what seems like the whole season, Arya’s finally given an assassination mission. Get close to her first target and in order to infiltrate the market, Arya disguises herself as a merchant of oysters, clams, and cockles.