Since HBO debuted the first season of Game of Thrones in 2011, a war has been brewing between those who've read George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series (well those that are out), and those that haven't. Fear of spoilers has made water cooler conversations fraught with dangers. But one educator proved himself to be a tactician on the level of Tyrion Lannister when he used his knowledge of the Game of Thrones to tame a rowdy mathematics class.
The Mary Sue tipped us to this extraordinary use of geek knowledge. An unnamed math teacher in Belgium was fed up with his students talking, and so he took a pretty extraordinary route to command their silence. He threatened serious spoilers for Game of Thrones season four.
First, he casually asked how many of his students were following the show Game of Thrones. Nearly all of them raised their hands. Satisfied, he threatened, "Well, I've read all the books. If there is too much noise, I will write the name of the dead on the board."
Fans of the books know this is a tactic that can play out for some time, and so the teacher added, "There are enough (names of the dead) to fill the whole year and I can even describe how they die."
Still, the class of chatty math students thought this Game of Thrones fan was bluffing. But when the noise level got to be too much, he took to the board to scrawl the names of those who bit it in Season 3. As you might imagine, they talking stopped. Silence reigned, and this teacher won the day. Also the internet.
When I was in school, teachers threatened demerits, detentions, and in extreme cases paddling (yes, paddling) to get my peers and I to behave. But methods pale in comparison to the anguish this supplies. It's not only effective, but it's also unlikely to enrage parents. This form of disciplining students is downright inspired! With Season 4 right around the corner, none of those who haven't read A Storm of Swords want the surprises wrecked. (Keep that in mind, ya' jerk bookworms.) So here you've got a shrewd way to keep kids minds on their mathematics, lest they learn the cruel fate of…well, it would be cruel to say.
Game of Thrones Season 4 will kicks off April 6th on HBO. In the meantime, relish in the anticipation of the return of Arya, Jon Snow, Daenerys and Tyrion with these tantalizing featurettess. One is a behind-the-scenes look at the weapons and training season four entails.
The other focuses on the tricking task of directing the second half of Sword of Storms' adaptation. It features interviews with helmers Alex Graves, Michelle MacLaren, Alik Sakharov, and Neil Marshall.