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Game of Thrones inspires town to change name

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Gabrielle Levy
Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) survey Kings Landing.
Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) survey Kings Landing.

Winter is coming... to rural England.

In what may be the best city name change since Topeka became Google, Kansas, a small village in rural Hertfordshire is changing its name from Kings Langley to Kings Landing.

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The swap, which will be in effect for one week in February, is part of a push to promote the release of Game of Thrones season three on DVD.

An HBO producer reportedly got the idea while waiting for a train in London's Euston station and heard the town listed as a stop.

Kings Langley is about 25 miles northwest of London. Kings Landing, which lies on the western coast of Westeros and will go back to being strictly fictional by March, is the seat of power in the fantasy show and the series of novels by George R.R. Martin.

[Radio Times]

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