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Use this brilliant infographic to keep track of ‘Game of Thrones’

Keeping track of the shifting allegiances and ominous ends of characters in HBO's "Game of Thrones" can be daunting. But artist and graphic designer Nigel Evan Dennis is making it easier for all of us. The Chicago based Dennis's Where have all the wildlings gone? Web site is a graphic, interactive tribute to the the television adaption of George R.R. Martin's epic "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of fantasy novels. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!) 

Dennis uses small colored badges to differentiate house and group allegiances...

(Nigel Evan Dennis)

Then creates complex charts showing shifting control...

(Nigel Evan Dennis)

And alliances.

(Nigel Evan Dennis)

He also has created minimalist representations of nearly every character -- highlighting their mortality status, allegiances, and which season they entered the series.

(Nigel Evan Dennis)

The characters also indicate if some part of their anatomy is missing, as is the case with Jaime and, ahem, Theon.

But while the plain graphics are interesting, fans of the series could easily lose a lunch hour to the interactive version on the full site -- which includes mouse overtext to help readers keep allegiances straight. It also features some other nice bonuses like explanations about faith in the "Game of Thrones" world, a map of the action, and the chords for the Lannister theme song "The Rains of Castamere."

(Nigel Evan Dennis)

The project, which launched last March and continues to be updated, is a work of love for Dennis who calls a the show "a serious milestone in TV history." The site is a tribute to the show and a chance for Dennis to hone his design skills, rather than an official tie-in. But it's not the only HBO show he has tackled: He did a similar project called "We keep the other bad men from the door" about "True Detective."

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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