The transition from novel to television creates the issue of compressing story into episodes limited by time and budgets. HBO’s translation of Game of Thrones is a rich tapestry of characters and narratives; however, the viewer can lack back story, geographic awareness, and an understanding of character relationships. This second-screen companion app orients viewers to the world of Westeros by mapping families throughout episodes. Greater character understanding is achieved by the mapping of character relationships, both during characters present in each scene or within the episode.
Bill Tsikerdanos, Hongyu (Chloe) Xie, Isabel Restrepo, Jesse Shedd, Pedro Silva, Sanat Rath, Sruthi Padala, Vipul Thakur, Abhishek Nandakumar
Silva, Pedro, Yasmin Amer, William Tsikerdanos, Jesse Shedd, Isabel Restrepo and Janet Murray. “A Game of Thrones Companion: Orienting Viewers to Complex Storyworlds Via Synchronized Visualizations.” In ACM TVX15. Brussels Belgium: ACM, 2015.