Monday, 7 July 2014

Game of Thrones

2014_GoT_0008The folks at HBO sure do know how to market. Take a look at the series Game of Thrones. Besides the usual merchandise of hats, mugs, and t-shirts, there are also The Wines of Westeros. But I do not know of any other TV series that has its own traveling exhibit. I think it is a pretty smart move to take the show out to the people. When I heard that the exhibit was coming to town, I made plans to see it. In fact, I changed some flights around to ensure that I had adequate time to get in to see the display.

It was a good thing I left a lot of time. While the exhibit was open for 5 days, the line-ups to get into the exhibit hall were 2 to 3 blocks long on every day.

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I took the above photo on Day 1 as I ran past the exhibit hall on my daily run. I was hoping that the lines would get shorter, but by Day 3 they were still the same length. I finally gave up and stood in line like everyone else!

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When I finally got inside, the first thing I noticed were the costumes. Look at the detail in one of Peter Dinklage's (Tyrion Lannister) outfits.

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The colour of the "court" costumes was impressive.

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I was also impressed by how small the costumes were. The female actors in particular are positively tiny. The yellow dresses below are Lena Headey's (Cersei Lannister).

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As small as Lena is, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) is even smaller! This is one of her dresses. Notice how the designer worked in a theme of dragon scales.

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On the other hand, I was surprised to see both how large Peter Dinklage's outfit was and how long Maisie Williams' (Arya Stark) sword Needle actually is. I guess it just goes to show how the small screen can really distort one's perception of size.

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Besides Needle, other props on display included the "fingers" cut from Liam Cunningham's character (Davos Seaworth).

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There was even a crude model of the wall. I guess this was used to give the CGI folks something to go by.

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The main attraction of the exhibit was the Iron Throne. The organizers had it set up so that people could have their photograph taken while sitting on it. Not surprisingly, there was a huge line-up for this, and after spending 2 hours to get into the exhibit, and only needing to spend 20 minutes to see everything, I was not going to wait another 30 minutes just to take my picture on a seat made of swords!

My initial impression was that putting on a traveling exhibit was a good idea to increase awareness of the show. Judging by the line-ups for the exhibit, I think the exhibit is delivering. However, having waited in such a long line for such a small exhibit did not leave me feeling like my time was well spent. Perhaps the organizers should bone up on the psychology of queuing.

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