With only one more episode to go before the third-season of Game of Thrones comes to an end, it’s time to take a look at the awesome works which are created around this series. Shutterstock came up with a total different kind of artwork, they re-envisioned six of the prime players, from the Targaryens to the Starks, as 21st-century companies more concerned with competing for market share than ultimate rule. These are designed by Mondayne, check them all out, then see which Shutterstock assets were used to bring these contemporary concepts to life.
In the show, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels, the landscape is dominated by a struggle for power among the Great Houses of Westeros – clans that hold sway through various parts of the region, but clash with each other in constant games of intrigue and war. Which is all well and good for the Iron Age, but what if the families that rule these houses were around in the present day, running modern corporations instead of prepping for battle?
The Targaryens may be down and out (literally) heading into Season 3, but if there’s one thing Daenerys really has going for her, it’s those dragons. The family uses the dragon as its symbol, and it seems like it won’t be long before it’s casting its shadow across the land again (especially if you’ve been keeping track of the ads for the new season). In today’s world, it’s only natural that the Targaryens would run a sleek, successful airline, capable of shutting out the competition to own the sky.
The Lannisters have clearly never lacked for wealth, which is the main reason they can always “pay their debts.” Of course, it helps when your family home is built on top of a gold mine. Place them in modern times, and it’s obvious that Tywin and his brood would be lording it over Wall Street, using finance to pull strings in much the same way they’ve always done. Whether you could actually trust them with your money is a different story.
The Baratheons may be divided among themselves, but one thing all of their camps hold in common is their skill in battle. If you’re looking for a personal guard, you could do a lot worse than this clan, which is why we’ve set them up in 2013 as a security company. From burglar alarms and CCTV to armored trucks and private security, Baratheon is the name to trust when you’ve got something — or someone — in need of protection.
The Starks know cold weather. They make their home in Winterfell (or at least they did until last season), and they’re no strangers to the tagline, “Winter Is Coming.” So when it’s time for you to face the elements, you’ll want to turn to Stark Outfitters, the outdoor-gear professionals who can equip you with everything you need to survive your next dog-sledding expedition — or ill-advised trip beyond the Wall.
The Greyjoys have a history of piracy, but these days, that’s not a profession that will get you far. Instead, the clan that worships the Drowned God can put all its island-dwelling and maritime experience to use guiding you through icy waters. As befits their name, these excursions are no sun-worshiping, beach-bound holidays. Aimed toward the modern adventurer, Greyjoy Cruises embrace life at sea and all its accompanying excitement.
Residing in the lofty confines of the Eyrie, House Arryn places itself both literally and figuratively above its compatriots. While its distance and seclusion makes it difficult to reach in Westeros, that same vantage point primes Arryn perfectly as a communications hub. Routing signals across the globe through its towers, satellites, and servers, Arryn’s contemporary incarnation is able to maintain its claim to power while retaining a detached, ethereal front.