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While the traveling exhibit is just about to open in Toronto (with special guest Rose Leslie, aka Ygritte), fans who won’t be able to make it to the locations can still get a taste of what you might see there thanks to the wonders of the internet.
Over at the official Making Game of Thrones production blog, propmaster Gordon Fitzgerald provides some great insight into the process of making props for the show, which certainly has some of the best production values in television (and, I have to say, one of the best crews in television):
And then, via Cat Taylor, we learn that concept artist Will Simpson now has a Facebook fan page where he’s sharing some of the art he has created for the show. Never seen his gift to GRRM before!
The annual “Power Issue” of Sports Illustrated is on its way, and this time around it seems the editors have chosen a Game of Thrones theme. Not only does NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sit on the Iron Throne on the cover, as he’s ranked the #1 most powerful person in sport, but artist John Hendrix provides this very cool depiction of the modern day sports empires re-envisioned A Song of Ice and Fire style. “The Land of Always Hockey” is particularly choice.
It also sounds like Richard Deitsch of SI will soon be posting a podcast with George R.R. Martin:
Told my podcast and Q&A with @gameofthrones king George R. R. Martin will post today. You’ll enjoy his thoughts on Bill Belichick.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 6, 2013
To learn more about the issue, visit the Sports Illustrated website.
At some point, I need to gather up all these interviews with actors that have been sneaking out the last month or two, and just make a big post with them all. Until then, however, here’s a interview with Rose Leslie, who plays Ygritte on Game of Thrones, courtesy of Access Hollywood. Nice to hear from her, as she didn’t get much in the way of attention for the second season when her role was something of a late entry into the series.
James Hibberd at EW has another scoop regarding season 3 of Game of Thrones. Just as with last year’s reveal that The National performed “The Rains of Castamere” for the show, indie rock band The Hold Steady are performing a rendition of—get this—“The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, a very popular bit of song in Westeros.
Hibberd quotes the producers:
So, that will be rather interesting to hear. I’m guessing it’ll be included on the official soundtrack for season 3, as well… and may well be released as a single before hand.
It’s now live, quite surprisingly—we had supposed it’d premiere on Sunday, but nope, HBO has given us a little early gift. Some nice new moments, though it’s not in fact a full 2 minutes long:
Valyrian Steel, makers of replicas based on the novels and the TV series, have announced the latest replica in their Game of Thrones line: the Stark infantry shield, an exact copy of those used on the television show. These are already available for preorder, and should be released for Spring 2013. Fortunately, they’re not a limited run (as the ASoIaF-based replicas, made with George R.R. Martin’s direct input, are) so there should be plenty of time to save your pennies and groats.
The official Game of Thrones Twitter channel has just started unleashing a series of official character posters for season 3, which shall soon see an extended version of the season 3 trailer hit HBO, HBO On Demand, and (we suspect) the internet.
These posters will begin to appear in print and outdoors promotion (think bus stops and buses, posters, etc.) from next week. You can see them all below:
Many expected it, and now it seems it’s true—a 2 minute, extended version of the season 3 trailer will be available via HBO On Demand on March 4th… and so shall almost certainly be airing on HBO proper on Sunday evening, probably somewhere in relation to Girls.
Guess it’s just as well I hadn’t had time to screencap it, I suppose. I’ll just screencap the extended version.
I wonder what the extended trailer will show us that we haven’t seen yet? Anything fans are hoping to get a glimpse of that they haven’t yet seen?
Been a busy week for us here at Westeros.org, with a trip taking me out of commission for a couple of days… but I did pick up some interesting information along the way. And now that it’s out, we may as well share it as well: titles for most of the episodes for season 3.
We’ll be adding these to our Episode guide once we dig our way out from under mail and screencapping and manuscripts everything else we’re up to at the moment!
And here it is, folks, what many have been waiting for:
What’d you think?
Normally we’d screencap this right off, but as it’s almost 6:30AM, that’ll have to wait. But definitely some things to digest. Two notable things we’ll note:
Over at Entertainment Weekly, James Hibberd has the scoop with the exclusive premiere of the season 3 poster, featuring a silhouette of one of Daenerys Targaryen’s young dragons in flight. An interesting image to choose from. As Hibberd notes, the first season was Ned Stark on the Iron Throne, the second was a hand grasping a crown. These both refer to the central storylines of the previous two seasons, with Ned in King’s Landing as Hand and the War of the Five Kings. A shift to Dany suggests they may be emphasizing her storyline this year.
Well, this is a surprise: the season 3 trailer for Game of Thrones will get its world premiere on Jimmy Kimmel Live this Friday, with it going up on Youtube immediately after the East Coast airing. Here’s the press release, straight from HBO:
WORLD PREMIERE OF HBO® GAME OF THRONES® SEASON 3 TRAILER ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22
– Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m./ 10:35 p.m. CT on ABC –
New York, N.Y., February 21, 2013 – The Season 3 trailer of HBO’s Game of Thrones makes its exclusive world premiere on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) on Friday, February 22nd. A big fan of the series, Kimmel kicks off the countdown to the new season premiere on Sunday, March 31 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO, with the all-new 60-second trailer that will offer a first look at the action and treachery that continues in the visually stunning series that has become a pop culture phenomenon.
Disruptor Beam has now rolled out their Facebook social strategy game, Game of Thrones: Ascent as part of an open beta. We took part a bit in the closed beta, and though social games aren’t usually our thing, this one did a good job of capturing the atmosphere of A Song of Ice and Fire within the framework of social game mechanics. Here’s the official trailer for the game:
It sounds like the Union Square Bluray launch event was a great success, with many fans turning up to share the experience that HBO put on with the help of Best Buy and Campfire!
See below for a few photos from the event, as well as reports from the good folks at the UNSpoiled! Podcast and fellow early entry winner Christine Cemelli:
HBO has just announced a traveling exhibit that will start in March and appear in five different countries from March to June. It sounds like it’s going to feature some pretty remarkable things. Locations include Toronto, New York City, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, and Belfast, Full details below:
FANS INTO THE KINGDOM OF WESTEROS
– Free of Charge to the Public, HBO® Exhibit Tours
Toronto, New York, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam and Belfast –
New York, N.Y., February 19, 2013 – One of the most popular fantasy television series – HBO’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning Game of Thrones – will come alive for fans in an immersive, not-to-be-missed touring exhibition that will transport viewers into the breathtaking and enchanted world of Westeros. Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling books, Game of Thrones is an intricate and visually stunning epic series that has captured the imagination of fans globally with its striking characters that live in a world whose summers and winters can last years.
The traveling exhibit, the first of its kind by HBO, has been created to bring the vivid and rich world of Westeros to fans in five international cities – Toronto, Canada; New York City, New York; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Amsterdam, North Holland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Presented by HBO and international partners, the exhibition is free to the public and focuses on key characters from five of the noble houses (Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon and Greyjoy), showcasing a treasure trove of more than 70 original artifacts from seasons 1 and 2, plus select pieces from this year’s new season.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.