At a Glance
- Terrific sound effects
- Entertaining scenes from series
- Limited to HBO-licensed images
This free Windows 7 theme puts iconic “Game of Thrones” images on your desktop, including the Iron Throne.
Made of sharp swords, the Iron Throne is uncomfortable, even
known to draw blood from the unwary. If it were merely a chair, no
one would try to sit on it. But the one who takes control of this
dangerous symbol of power rules over the Seven Kingdoms of
Westeros, the setting of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and
Fire fantasy book series and HBO’s television adaptation,
Game of Thrones. The throne, and some of the characters
who battle to seize or protect it, take over your Windows 7 desktop
with this free themepack.
It’s clear very early in both the books and the TV series that
three of the strongest players are the families of Stark,
Lannister, and Targaryen. We paired HBO’s quotation-captioned
photos of the characters with their house sigils and mottoes, and
looped them in rotation with an image of the Iron Throne
Eddard “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean), Lord of Winterfell and Warden of
the North, appears after the Stark direwolf and its “Winter is
Coming” motto. The Lannisters’ gold lion on a red field heralds the
crafty, brilliant Tyrion Lannister as played by Peter Dinklage in
an Emmy-nominated performance. “Hear me roar,” the Lannister lion
says, while Tyrion’s photo promises, “A Lannister always pays his
debts.” Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is a lovely young blonde
whose gentle appearance is downright disquieting when it follows
the Targaryen’s arms: A black field with a red three-headed dragon
and the motto “Fire and Blood.”
HBO’s images and quotations are high-resolution and well-chosen.
The house sigils look particularly appealing, with their strong
colors and parchment-like texture. My only complaint is that the
sans serif font used for the quotations looks too light and modern.
It’s jarring after the more formal display font used for the
mottos. I’d prefer a manly Nordic font such as PR Viking for
Ned, a cunning blackletter like RM New Albion for
Tyrion, and the graceful but deadly Yataghan for
Dany. At least the characters’ lines are all spoiler-free for both
viewers and readers.
The sound design is unobtrusive, with one satisfying surprise:
When you empty the Recycle Bin, it sounds like you’re really
killing those files dead.
The HBO Game of Thrones themepack shows arresting images from
the first season of the show and whets the appetite for the next
season. When the summer is long and hot, and there’s little new on
the tube, let this themepack remind you that winter is indeed
For more great wallpapers from the series, download HBO
Game of Thrones: King’s Landing and HBO
Game of Thrones: Winterfell.
Note: To install this Windows 7 theme, unzip
the downloaded archive and double-click the themepack file within.
Windows does the rest. All wallpaper images are courtesy of HBO;
sounds are courtesy of Freesound Project members. See the
readme.txt file included in the zip archive for full attribution