BEWARE: Spoilers ahead for season 6.
The GOT bot is a new chatbot on Facebook messenger who can help you catch up on Game of Thrones trivia, timelines, and characters. It will also tell you jokes and show you pictures. Of course, you have to ask the right questions to get the information you want. And the information you want might be beyond the GOT bot’s knowledge or pay grade. (No predictions, no season 7 spoilers, no theories).
If you ask about a character who has the same name as another character (I tried “Brandon Stark”) the GOT bot will start with the oldest one (“Bran the Builder”).
I couldn’t find Brandon Stark, older brother to Eddard. I found Bran Stark only by typing “Bran,” not “Brandon.”
Locations seem to be a problem as well. When asked “Where is Arya?” the GOT bot cracked a joke about Westeros not having Citymapper yet, and then tried to distract me with pictures of baby dire wolves. It worked.
Nor did it have much to say about what is going on with individual characters; if you want to know what someone was up to last season, you have to watch the whole recap. Which isn’t really a big deal.
Typing the name of a major character will return a brief bio, and asking for more shows what info is available: Grey Worm’s available information includes photos, dead or alive, titles, lovers, house, and actor.
Searches need to be spelled correctly. I spelled Targaryen wrong (on purpose. For science), and the bot did not respond until I corrected the spelling. This could make things difficult if you didn’t read the books and don’t want to Google correct spellings for every name (try spelling Daenerys or Daario Naharis off the top of your head).
Speaking of Daario Naharis (Daenerys’ mercenary boy toy who was played by Ed Skrein in season 3, and Michiel Huisman from Season 4 onward), why are all of the pictures of Huisman? Am I the only one who preferred Skrein, and was confused when season 4 brought some stranger pretending to be Daario?
I had fun with the GOT bot, and I think it could help for quick searches. However, for more in-depth information, I still recommend going to the HBO.com extras for free refreshers.