East: the strangest places in Game of Thrones?

  • Published: 11 December 2018
  • What strange places lie to the far east and south of Westeros? What are the dangers of Sothoryos and the Basilisk Isles? What lurks in the Shivering Sea? What does the Great Empire of the Dawn and the Five Forts reveal about the Long Night and Azor Ahai? What are the dark mysteries of Asshai?

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Comments • 4 332

  • Alt Shift X
    Alt Shift X   1 years back

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    • Sami sijan
      Sami sijan  5 months back

      @Anonymous no

    • Cason
      Cason  6 months back

      Tom Heinrich yes! i had no idea it was going on. JUST TAKE MY MONEY

    • Tom Heinrich
      Tom Heinrich  6 months back

      Cason Same question! I’d LOVE the book, and I simply missed the boat. :(

  • Oscar Wind
    Oscar Wind  4 hours back

    The safest place to be in the ASOIAF world is the summer islands. No slavers, no raiders, no war, relative peace and wealth.

    • jim jim
      jim jim  5 days back

      GRR Martin is a fuckin hack, and we really just need to ignore him.

      • Klaus Winchester
        Klaus Winchester  7 days back

        lol admit it alt shift x

        • SaintJimmy145
          SaintJimmy145  1 weeks back

          So Martin was heavily influenced by Lovecraft to create the most sinisters places of his world, a world that is geographically based on the real world. On Lovecraft fiction, some of the most evil and unexplored places in the world were in the South Pacific Ocean (R'Lyeh) and the South Pole (Kadath and the lost city of the Old ones). With that, we can presume that far far southwest in the World of Ice and Fire, lurking beneath depths or in a land that time forgot, there is a evilish city, guarding an unspeakable horror able to drive man insane with only one glimpse. Great Old Ones from the cruel and creative Martin's head.

          • Okan Güven
            Okan Güven  2 weeks back


            at the bottom. What is sibel kekilli's name doing there?

            • Exposing Proxy Stalking Organized Harrassment

              I had a curiosity about the far eastern world of Game of Thrones.

              • Matthew Bunn
                Matthew Bunn  2 weeks back

                This is all the material Hollywood would need for the next couple decades. Yet everyone in Hollywood seems so lazy with their storytelling, all they do is remake old stuff.

                • Artful Dodger
                  Artful Dodger  3 weeks back

                  ..”sneak-crit their prey” 🤣🤣🤣🤣

                  • Triton 23
                    Triton 23  3 weeks back

                    Is think that Zhea the Cruel might have been based off of the Mesopotamian warlord Tomiris, who after her son and husband were butchered by an ancient conqueror decapitated the conquorer, absorbed his empire and his armies and fashioned his skull into a cup for wine. She also flayed him and had his organs moved into the sack of skin where she soaked all the blood into the skull cup so that she could drink to his death. Literally. Now the last bit might have been myth but idk, a kazakh historian told me.

                    • Sal ty
                      Sal ty  3 weeks back

                      Good video. Dang I miss this show!

                      • oceandog1000
                        oceandog1000  3 weeks back

                        It will nice see woman get spin hopefully color person.

                        • Just your average Crusader

                          I just want a spin off series of an explorer going around the world to these places and documenting them and have Indian johns style adventure

                          • Advant Garde
                            Advant Garde  3 weeks back

                            So the west are bunch of pussies.

                            • Eric Russell
                              Eric Russell  4 weeks back

                              Alot of these names are similar

                              • mrS
                                mrS  4 weeks back

                                This is so wonderful! I so admire a mind that can conjure up such stories and thank you Alt for producing this video!

                                • Fire And Blood - Free Fire

                                  Damn theres even asians in the asoiaf worls.

                                  • Roxy Moron
                                    Roxy Moron  4 weeks back

                                    I wish they would of showed more of these places/creatures in GOT.

                                    • sxysasquatch
                                      sxysasquatch  1 months back

                                      Which book has all this lore ?

                                      • Frank The Tank
                                        Frank The Tank  4 weeks back

                                        The World of Ice and Fire https://g.co/kgs/HBxVVw

                                    • Alif Rio Utama
                                      Alif Rio Utama  1 months back

                                      I'll pay 1000$ for a game that have the complete map of game of thrones

                                      • Travis
                                        Travis  1 months back

                                        Bo Bum Bo Ba Ba Bo Bu Ba Bi Bi Bo Bum Bo Ba Ba Bi Bi YEEEEEEEN!

                                        • FUCK YOUTUBE
                                          FUCK YOUTUBE  1 months back

                                          carcosa is ruled by a yellow king? WTF? guaranteed pedophilia there. that whole season 1 o true detective was about pizzagate. it was a beta test to see how people would react to minimal information on an extremely terrible thing that the ELITES do take part in.

                                          • Jonny Ozark
                                            Jonny Ozark  4 days back

                                            The current attorney general is the son of the man who gave Epstein his first job (that he was unqualified for). Have a good night, shine on you crazy diamond

                                        • FUCK YOUTUBE
                                          FUCK YOUTUBE  1 months back

                                          LUCIFER MEANS LIGHTBRINGER?!!. yeah good name. its true and if you get what things sparked every religion from the beginning of time you'll understand this series. this show is soooo satanic its not even funny. pagan whatever you want to call it

                                          • Aditya Dubey
                                            Aditya Dubey  1 months back

                                            D&D:-the final season, YEAH ABOUT THAT....

                                            • Hansen Horst
                                              Hansen Horst  1 months back

                                              And Arya goes west of Westeros smh

                                              • Bonzi Buddy
                                                Bonzi Buddy  1 months back

                                                basilisk isles = isle of Dr. Moreau

                                                • Donnie Cash
                                                  Donnie Cash  1 months back

                                                  Oh. Carcosa, ruled by the yellow emperor. That's not a Lovecraft reference but a Robert W. Chambers one. "The king in Yellow". There's a reference to this in True Detective as well

                                                  • Big Lion Is Your Reckoning

                                                    This type of world building is why I’m still alive! It’s SOOO freaking exciting to know these places exist. They aren’t real but the sense of excitement is still real.

                                                    Imagine a video game with all these vast lands and unexplored places

                                                    • Ron Banks
                                                      Ron Banks  2 months back

                                                      What drives me crazy is, we never got the chance to hear what happen when Tyrion walked into a brothle with a honeycomb and a jackass. ALSO What's the story with vares' ball's? What was said while they were burning? And was it Jon Snow who was the "prince that was promised"?

                                                      • Ron Banks
                                                        Ron Banks  2 months back

                                                        Noah's flood was not a myth.

                                                        • worker bee 24601
                                                          worker bee 24601  2 months back

                                                          DnD with RR. Martin must be lit.

                                                          • The Green Baron
                                                            The Green Baron  2 months back

                                                            This just reignights my frustration with the show

                                                            • Arthur Capucho
                                                              Arthur Capucho  2 months back

                                                              16:53, Pepelaugh

                                                              • Charles Bronson
                                                                Charles Bronson  2 months back

                                                                This shit is weird

                                                                • Robbie Petrino
                                                                  Robbie Petrino  2 months back

                                                                  Did Westeros make some sort of deal with Esteros about limitations on their production of dragons of mass destruction? I for one think it would be sad to see Westeros's most recent king go back on this type of agreement!

                                                                  • Oscar Wind
                                                                    Oscar Wind  2 months back

                                                                    You know Yi Ti sounds like Atlantis. Also the God king ruleing for a long time then going up to heven soulds like the thr Gray king of the Iron born

                                                                    • Keanu Jesus
                                                                      Keanu Jesus  2 months back

                                                                      Sothoryos reminds me of the dark continent from HxH .... if you know what I mean

                                                                      • Maz D-con
                                                                        Maz D-con  2 months back

                                                                        I really want a show about all this crazy stuff it's so interesting.

                                                                        • Alex Warnke
                                                                          Alex Warnke  2 months back

                                                                          Lengii women are 7 ft tall?
                                                                          *stares in Tormund*

                                                                          • Alex Warnke
                                                                            Alex Warnke  2 months back

                                                                            Skulls for a dark god? HAIL MIGHTY KHORNE!!!

                                                                            • Nick King Televised
                                                                              Nick King Televised  2 months back

                                                                              I wanna go to the 16 Tits place

                                                                              • Zoitr3x
                                                                                Zoitr3x  3 months back

                                                                                This world would make an amazing rpg

                                                                                • Johnny Gillam
                                                                                  Johnny Gillam  3 months back

                                                                                  Keep in mind - the descriptions of eastern Essos and Sorhoryos mentioned here come predominantly from Westerosi maesters, and do not necessarily reflect the the actual characteristics or histories of these places. Martin is intentionally recreating the relationship between Europe (specifically Britain) and Asia / Africa in the Middle Ages, when descriptions of “barbarian” lands were sensationalized, conflicting, and often plain myth.

                                                                                  • Fuzzy The duck
                                                                                    Fuzzy The duck  3 months back

                                                                                    Can yo imagine an open world video game based on GOT. I think I would cry if I found out it existed.

                                                                                    • jude steiner-hall, *the candor channel*

                                                                                      Thank you for the talks too slow talks to fast quiz.

                                                                                      You have a nice voice but I find that all video essayists talk too fast.

                                                                                      Since I watch this videos for relaxation, and particularly when I'm ill, a more relaxed delivery would be really nice.

                                                                                      It's really annoying when text is flashed so fast in some videos that even with rewind and pause you have to try repeatedly to freeze the frame on the text. If it's worth including it's worth making it readable for viewers.

                                                                                      • Chuck Mangione
                                                                                        Chuck Mangione  3 months back

                                                                                        So what really happened? What caused the Long Night? And what ended it? These questions are central to the final season of Game of Thrones and the war to prevent a second long night from the White Walkers."
                                                                                        Oh what high hopes we had back then... :'(

                                                                                        • ingrid balciunas
                                                                                          ingrid balciunas  3 months back

                                                                                          who's narrating? sounds like kickthepj

                                                                                          • Belma Kanlic
                                                                                            Belma Kanlic  3 months back

                                                                                            18:42, there is a city Carcosa ruled by the Yellow emperor. Remeber True Detective season 1 anyone :-)