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MELBURNIANS could soon be boarding a train from Winterfell, Dorne or Westeros stations if Game of Thrones fans have their way.
The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority wants ideas for five new Metro Tunnel station names, with more than 20,000 suggestions received to date, including many Game of Thrones references.
The most popular Game of Thrones suggestion for all the stations except Domain — the most southerly outpost — is Winterfell.
Other suggestions include Highgarden, King’s Landing, The Eyrie, Braavos and Dragonstone.
And they’re staying faithful to the geography of the Seven Kingdoms — Winterfell is particularly popular for Arden, Parkville and CBD North while fans want to see the new station at Domain named Dorne.
Melburnians could soon be boarding a train from Winterfell station.
Maisie Williams as GoT character Arya Stark, who is among the characters suggested by fans.Character suggestions include Stark, Baratheon, and Tully.
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has even given his permission for Melbourne’s five new stations to be named after references from the hit show.
“No, they would not need my permission. Even if they did, I’d give it,” he wrote.
“Australia is one of my favourite places in the world, particularly the city of Melbourne … and it would seem the Aussies like me too.”
Writing on his blog, Mr Martin said he was “bemused and rather flattered” by the suggested GoT station names.
“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,” he wrote.
“Highgarden, the Eyrie, Dorne, Westeros … well, some names are more apt that 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.”
MMRA spokesman Dan Harrison said it was great to have one of the world’s most popular authors on board for the Metro Tunnel station naming competition.
“Game of Thrones is a worldwide pop culture phenomenon so it’s not surprising we are receiving a steady flow of suggestions inspired by it,” he said.
“Should Mr Martin ever feel the need to introduce an underground rail network to Westeros, we think the Metro Tunnel has a certain ring to it.”
GoT fans have until October 22 to submit their chosen station name.
An advisory panel will assess the thousands of suggestions before submitting a shortlist to the State Government.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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