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Westeros Down Under

Australia is one of my favorite places in the world, particularly the city of Melbourne... and it would seem the Aussies like me too.

Melbourne, as it happens, is adding five new stops to its Metro, and in a fit of jolly Aussie optimism they have asked the public to suggest names for the new stations. And it would seem that names from my books are among the leading contenders:


I have to admit, I am bemused and rather flattered by this. The idea of a Melbourne Metro Station named Winterfell tickles my fancy... though, having been to Australia numerous times, I will assert that winter never really does come down there. Highgarden, the Eyrie, Dorne, Westeros... well, some names are more apt than others, admittedly, but all of them beat Station McStationface, which I fear will be the ultimate victor, given the results of other recent Name That Thing balloting.

Myself, I think they ought to consider naming one of the stops after the late great Aussie country singer Slim Dusty: they could call it The Stop With No Beer.

(I will leave comments open here, but ONLY for discussion of Melbourne's metro stops. All off topic comments will be deleted).


Sep. 7th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
This explains everything
I'm pretty sure those stations already exist in Westeros, having watched the latest seasons of the show.
Sep. 7th, 2017 10:02 pm (UTC)
I recently came across this story, also from Australia, also featuring Aussies naming stuff inspired by the series: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/aug/24/australia-geelong-names-streets-after-game-of-thrones-characters

Edited at 2017-09-07 10:02 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
ASOIAF-obsessed Aussie
I live in Melbourne and am frothing so much at the idea of stops that use names from your books. There was some debate about our workplace that they would have to get your permission to do it...is that true?
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: ASOIAF-obsessed Aussie
No, they would not need my permission.

Even if they did, I'd give it.
Sep. 7th, 2017 10:41 pm (UTC)
Wait, so you were bemused (baffled, confused, bewildered) or amused (per the subsequent "tickles my fancy")? I ask because one usage of bemusement in ASOIAF has always bugged me. This line—
"The corners of her father's lips curved upward ever so slightly, giving him a look of vague bemusement."

—feels like "amusement", not confusion. Although I suppose someone could smile in confusion...
Sep. 7th, 2017 10:56 pm (UTC)
What Fun!

I've never been to Australia, but I am thinking that Night King Station sounds appealing.
Glen Sheppard
Sep. 12th, 2017 03:50 am (UTC)
RE: What Fun!
Not if you have been to King Street at night lol
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:30 pm (UTC)
heh, you've not been here when the the wind is coming in off the ocean or out from Werribee way :D Come on down about 2 weeks ago and go for a walk in Docklands; Winter is not coming, it's THERE. Granted we don't get snow etc like you guys do (unless you go to the High Country, which I highly recommend, btw), but we do get our own particular brand of freezing. Ours is what I call the Ice Your Soul wind; it cuts through ANYTHING, it's not strong so you can't really feel it as such, it just creeps in like some sort of body-invading wraith and destroys you from within.
It's why we all wear black; we know we're in slow mourning for everyone in winter :D
Or try Tasmania. Brrrrrrr!!!!!!
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, and I know there's a place called Snowy River. There's a song about it.
naomi elizabeth
Sep. 12th, 2017 05:15 am (UTC)
The man from snowy river
Hey George

It's a poem actually, by Banjo Patterson who also wrote Waltzing Matilda.

There was movement at the station for the word had got around, that the colt from old regret had got away.

And of course that's all i remember of a very long perm. The snowy river starts in our alpine region and flows quickly to the coast. Our alpine region is less than 1% of Australia and is at huge risk from climate change. My favourite thing about our alpine region is that emus live there, exactly the same as those emus living in the desert. It's so cool
Sep. 8th, 2017 12:40 am (UTC)
"Ice Your Soul wind" sounds pretty much like the winter has came. Winterfell could be a nice name, though I'm not sure if I can have an opinion about it since I do not live in Australia.
Matheus Ervall
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC)
How about Dreadfort?
No shame in a dark fantasiesque name to mix into an otherwise realistic historic setting. It is quite endearing to imagine it being used in a chit chat between old ladies drinking tea; "Oh, we have just moved in close to the Dreadfort, it is such a peaceful and quiet neighborhood!"
Sep. 8th, 2017 12:53 am (UTC)
Winter definitely comes to Tasmania! The only thing beyond that is the South Pole...

A Koori word would be really nice, I hope at least one of the stops bears a Koori name.
Dan Koifman
Sep. 8th, 2017 01:59 am (UTC)
Fanboys try to get their favorite authors to make them characters in their books and authors try to get train stations named in their favorite cities. I can dig it.

But according to the interwebs, you have a whole train system. https://goo.gl/RmnWqR
Sep. 8th, 2017 02:21 am (UTC)
How could anyone go off topic when...
Discussing the metro system in Melbourne? I mean, c'mon! When I go to parties I bring two things: Seagram's wine coolers, and lengthy conversation on the Melbourne metro system.

P.S. Congrats George, that is pretty cool.
Tim Richardson
Sep. 12th, 2017 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: How could anyone go off topic when...
When you're bored of the trains, we have trams. A lot of them. Some of them even spew forth fire, sort of. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/it-sort-of-exploded-commuters-flee-burning-tram-after-power-lines-spark-blaze-20170905-gyaxbj.html
Hells Bells
Sep. 8th, 2017 02:42 am (UTC)
My votes - submitted to the site :-)
from North to South:

Bear Island
Kings Landing
Matt O'Reilly
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:28 am (UTC)
Melbourne Stations
Hey hey,

I've lived in Melbourne my whole life and work and study in the city. I'd love a Winterfell station. It suits Melbourne as everyone's pointed out; it is freezing here for about 9 months of the year. It doesn't snow but the wind goes straight through your bones.

The city station is being built on Swanston Street. Sadly, they'll probably overrule the poll and make it Swanston station. Similar to how the UK's poll was tossed out:

RIP Boaty McBoatface...so damn good.

Wayne Malloy
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:38 am (UTC)
Flea Bottom
The only Westrosi name a Melbourne Metro Station would be worthy of is "Flea Bottom"

Edited at 2017-09-08 04:41 am (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:56 am (UTC)
As a Melbournite - The Stop With No Beer wins my vote.
Sep. 8th, 2017 06:58 am (UTC)
As a Melburnian I was following our state premier when he announced the naming challenge of our new city centre stations on his Facebook page...and was thrilled to see the Westerosi locations rocket straight to the top of suggestions haha!

Sep. 8th, 2017 08:47 am (UTC)
They could named It NO ONE

Hello master,

I think the subway is a place where people move anonymously and, therefore, nobody is a perfect name for a subway station.
Luke Manion
Sep. 8th, 2017 09:18 am (UTC)
Castle Black would seem appropriate given our former convict colony status.
Gehrig JonLou
Sep. 8th, 2017 11:05 am (UTC)
Exotic ASOIAF Names may be more appropriate
It's a pity the more exotic locations don't get more press, when I think of Australia analogs in SOIAF I think more Sothoryos, Ulthos, and Great Moraq... considering how little we know of these places I do often wonder which is more Australia like... either way they also sound super cool and would make for great real life location names... alas, it will not be this time around... though I imagine in the future, perhaps distant perhaps not people will clamor to name planets, moons, and their features after every location from ASOIAF they can find...
Sep. 8th, 2017 11:06 am (UTC)
Being that it's Melbourne I couldn't resist the suggestion of 'Shadow Baby'/'Stannis' for the sake of the pun, just tell Ser Cortnay to mind the gap.

I also noticed Dany chooses the name of her stopping place in the Red Waste: Vaes Tolorro, which has echoes of Oz
Frank Probst
Sep. 8th, 2017 02:35 pm (UTC)
Station names
I generally think that the name should tell you something about where you're getting off the train, so the two CBDs should probably keep their names. I can't see any reason why Domain is called Domain, and Highgarden seems appropriate there, given that the station is adjacent to three different parks. Parkville is by two hospitals and a the University of Melbourne, so The Citadel would work there. Arden is by Arden Street, so the name fits, but it looks like a nexus point for several bus lines and at least one tram line, so I'd go with The Crossroads, with the obligatory Inn located somewhere nearby.
Karen Stensrude
Sep. 8th, 2017 02:47 pm (UTC)
Aussie Metro
If the call it the "Stop With No Beer" no one will ever go there. I certainly would not, would you?
Sep. 8th, 2017 03:03 pm (UTC)
Mad Max
I would be slightly disappointed if there are no stations named for Mad Max.

"Now approaching Bartertown Station"
Sep. 8th, 2017 06:00 pm (UTC)
Kangaroute 66?
Yousef Alnemer
Sep. 8th, 2017 07:10 pm (UTC)
How about the other way around: If a train station in Westeros was to be named after an Aussie city, what would you name it?
Michael Pressman
Sep. 8th, 2017 08:33 pm (UTC)
Great name
Station McStationface is awesome! You should use that in one of your books. ;-)
Sep. 8th, 2017 10:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, it's just like Alain de Lille said--all roads lead to Winterfell!
Julie Davies
Sep. 8th, 2017 10:19 pm (UTC)
OMG Mr Martin, you would be surprised how many race horses there are in Melbourne with names based around your characters, It's awesome 💖
Sep. 9th, 2017 09:16 am (UTC)
The names
the metro stops from the working class neighborhood should be Astapor, Mereen and Yunkai (?)
Joseph Standley
Sep. 9th, 2017 04:02 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of using city names from Dorne to name the station. How about Starfall station or Sunspear Station?
Sep. 11th, 2017 10:01 pm (UTC)
Love it!
Found out about this from Daniel Andrews (Victorian Premier) facebook page - I love it!

And sorry George, but winter definitely comes to Melbourne, and Tasmania. It just doesn't come to Sydney or anything north of the southern states' borders! It's been bloody freezing here lately, and back home in Tas, people are snowed in as if they're beyond the Wall.... in the first week of spring.
John Parncutt
Sep. 12th, 2017 09:29 am (UTC)
Melbourne station names
The existing Parliament station could be renamed Kings Landing!
Jai Caulfield-Caruso
Sep. 12th, 2017 09:41 am (UTC)
Winterfell Station in Melbourne- YES PLEASE!
As a Melbournian who has lived in Melbourne all of my life, and worked in the CBD commuting by train, I think naming a station Winterfell or any GOT titles will start many conversations, bringing people together from all walks of life, without any whitewalkers needed, which is brilliant. I LOVE IT. Thanks for the entertainment Mr Martin, it's been epic.
Sep. 12th, 2017 07:54 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Australia, but Highgarden would be such a pretty name! :___)
Sep. 13th, 2017 10:18 am (UTC)
BTW George, Premier Daniel Andrews has referenced your original post, quoted your words and said:

"It seems there's a bit of a movement to name one of Melbourne's five new Metro Tunnel stations 'Winterfell'.
I'm not convinced – but the author of Game of Thrones himself has given it the thumbs up.

Mr Martin, you have until October 22 to have your say in our station naming competition.
Once you've done that, please finish those books."

I know you don't have a Facebook or Twitter presence but perhaps another post referencing the station name?
I'm not sure what else he wants you to say but I want that station name.

Sep. 13th, 2017 06:20 pm (UTC)
Next stop, Winterfell Station
I would love to pull into Highgarden station! How about Volantis, Meereen, Braavos, or Valyria?

It's so refreshing to hear about something positive and fun. These days, it is rare.
Sep. 13th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC)
I love Australia! I would love a station mamed Winterfell, but you have to admit, Station McStationface looks like a winner.
Sep. 13th, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)
As we are approaching the end, and Australia had nothing to do with filming or locations, nor was it part of your histories that then created the 'fake history' we all came to love and wish never ended. As I have such a fear of flying I am never going to see the glorious locations, nor the inspirations that created them. I would in fact start riding the trains on a daily basis just to say I have been to Winterfell today.

You say we dont get Winter, we may not be covered in snow, but I assure you, we know more about winter than those who once resided at High Garden. And I think it should be put out there, Flea Bottom might be a more appropriate name for a station, especially if it ends up near a politicians office.


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