Last week, a town in England called King’s Langley announced that for one week in the month of February, they’ll be changing their name to “King’s Landing,” in honor of the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the third season of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” “King’s Landing” is the name of the capital city of the fictional country of Westeros, where much of the show takes place.
Not to be outdone, several cities in the United States, and even a whole State, are going to temporarily change their names as well, either for the DVD release in February, or for the start of the show’s fourth season on April 6th. Some of the locations are proposing long term or even permanent name changes, with the hopes of revitalizing tourism and rebranding themselves.
The city of Detroit is reviewing a proposition to also rename itself after the capital of Westeros. According to bills brought to the Michigan State legislature and Detroit’s city council, the move would rename the motor city “King’s Landing,” and proponents of the move say the real city’s history and the fictional city’s lore match up enough to pull it off.
“King’s Landing is a hive of scum and villainy unlike any other locale in the `Game of Thrones’ universe, and it’s hard to not see Detroit as George R.R. Martin’s inspiration for it,” reads the preamble to one of the bills. “The King’s Landing district of `Flea Bottom’ was probably entirely based on Detroit, actually. And the leadership of the city — power-hungry, no care for the poor, mired in scandals and inbreeding, extremely abusive of prostitutes — they’ll surely sign this once they realize just how astonishingly similar to the two cities really are.”
Meanwhile, the city of Anchorage, Alaska is considering changing its name to “Castle Black,” inspired by a castle built along Game of Thrones’ “Wall,” which, manned by the brothers of the Night’s Watch, guards Westeros from barbarian tribes and hordes of ice-zombies called “White Walkers.”
“If you think about it, Anchorage is a lot like Castle Black,” said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan during a recent press conference. “We’re up here in this frozen hell, with a tiny population and even tinier amounts of respect from the people down in the continental states. A place where convicts and people wanting a fresh start go to live out there days, sure to be forgotten by the rest of civilization. Sound familiar?”
But most shocking of them all is the entire state of Kentucky, which plans to change its name to “Craster’s Keep” in April. Kentucky Senator, potential 2016 presidential hopeful, and Game of Thrones fan Rand Paul spoke briefly on the potential name change this morning. “I’m not going to go into the rationale behind this possible name change. All I know is that I’m starting to look at Kentucky, and the people that live here, a whole lot differently now. A whole lot.”