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Home Box Office has been promoting the final season of Game of Thrones quite aggressively, and rightfully so. The show deserves all the credit it can get and more. The #ForTheThrone initiative proved that fans share a similar sentiment as they went to various lengths to prove their love for the show. This time around, HBO decided to ask 18 artists from around the world to make their renditions of the most iconic props from the show. The results are stunning.

While the official Game of Thrones blog only featured four of the works done by 18 artists, they are all equally beautiful. Four of the most stunning works of art include an ice sculpture of the Night King, Jon Snow’s Lord Commander Cloak, Dragon Glass Daggers, and Beric’s Flaming Sword.

The artists faced various challenges while creating these spectacular works of art, and therein lies the achievements behind them. The entire process and the challenges faced by the artists are recorded on the blog post.

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Shintaro Okamoto, the artist who made the ice sculpture of the Night King had to properly think his course of action through. Ice tends to be quite fragile and isn’t really easy to shape and chisel much unlike a rock. He had to be extra careful in getting the proper dimensions to the sculpture down right all the way. After that, he stacked blocks of ice and hacked away at them with an electric chainsaw. The finer details like the texture of the armour and the face were added later with chisels. He also had to spend some time thinking about how to make sure that the statue stands while holding the sword firmly in a safe manner.

“It was natural to sculpt the Night King himself out of real ice. I spent hours studying the reference images and rewatching the show,” says Okamoto. “Ice is fragile and evanescent so the biggest challenge was the commitment to getting the details right: the dimples of the armor, the curvatures, facial expression and the horns of the Night King. It was important to capture it all to satisfy the audience.”

The artwork is five feet tall and three feet wide honoring the proportion of the cloak.

Sarah Symes, the artist behind Jon Snow’s Lord Commander Cloak wanted her art to tell a story instead of just being an addition to the wardrobe. She reportedly used four distinct shades for the cloak which represented different aspects of the show. While Black represented the Night’s Watch, White represents the White Walkers beyond the Wall. Furthermore, Blue was used to represent the frozen landscape and pink was used to represent the hope and warmth of a winter sunset. For her, it was more about the experience behind the cloak instead of the cloak itself.

“I used pour-and-splash dye techniques that left marks similar to the dirt on the cloak,” says Symes. “Seen from a distance, I wanted the patchwork of fabrics to speak to the viewer with one cohesive voice, but stand alone up close. I overcame the challenges of this project by seeking truth, instead of beauty.”

Similarly, Kris Kuksi, the artist who made the Dragon Glass Daggers had his own set of challenges to face. While he wanted to make the daggers look more ‘Wintry,’ he had other sorts of problems, the most persistent of which was designing the knife such that it is just as beautiful as it is practical. A knife fit for both display and use.

“Making a functioning component of artistic cabinetry involves a little more focus on the practicality of its use,” said Kuksi. “It was challenging to be mindful of any decorative elements that were purely for the visual aspects so not to complicate the use of the moving parts involved.”

Finally, Beric’s Flaming Sword turned out to a problem of pure and simple applications of physics. Something which the artist had to figure out for himself rather extensively. This piece of art was made in Brooklyn Glass, and it would suffice to say that it is a Glassbender’s nightmare in the least.

“It’s always interesting to see behind the curtain of TV magic. The original design required some finesse in order to make it ‘neonable.’ We spent a good amount of time figuring out how to configure the wiring, but once the logistics were worked out it was smooth sailing. Our design was incredibly complex and required our most skilled benders to nail the intricacies of the lettering while maintaining its structural integrity —  it was an exciting challenge to say the least.”

In the end, many other artists also made their beautiful works of art to promote the upcoming Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Seeing how this is the final season to the show, these works of art will carry even more importance in the hearts of fans across all areas of the globe. Catch the premiere of the final season this April 14.






Founder at Wiki of Thrones and a full-time Game of Thrones fan who does other work when he has finished reading and writing about Game of Thrones and also dreams about playing a role in the show.

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HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary, The Last Watch

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HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

Game of Thrones might have ended, but we have a bit of a follow up coming up. The behind the scenes bits we have been having through Making Game of Thrones are culminating into a beautiful documentary, called The Last Watch. HBO has now released photos from the same. Read on!

The set has 12 photos and one picture of what looks like an embroidery art/poster featuring the filming of “The Bells”. Check them out:

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

HBO releases photos from the Game of Thrones documentary

Excited to take a little trip behind the scenes? The documentary will air this Sunday, 26th May, in the usual Game of Thrones slot of 9 P.M. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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The cast of Game of Thrones bid an emotional goodbye to the fans

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Eight seasons and nine years later, Game of Thrones has finally come to an end. One of the biggest reasons it became the cultural behemoth that it is today is its incredible cast and the way they brought the characters to life. They made us laugh, cry, fear for their lives, and cheer for them through their victories and defeats.

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HBO has now released a video with the stars signing off and it is giving all of us some major, major feels.

This video is a thank you note to the viewers who made the show such a massive cultural entity and kept it going throughout the years. Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), John Bradley (Samwell), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Maisie Williams (Arya), and Sophie Turner (Sansa) all acknowledged how the fandom’s love kept them inspired to do better.

Emilia talked about how the show became her identity, while Gwendoline and Kristofer spoke about how fortunate they felt to be so loved by the fans. Sophie and Maisie admitted they never imagined that the show would become so big. And finally, Isaac acknowledged that it was the fandom’s excitement about the show – the intense discussions, theories, viewing parties – that kept them going.

Watch the video below:

But, as Kristofer points out, “everything has an end, even Game of Thrones”. Here’s wishing the wonderful cast great futures ahead!






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HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

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Game Of Thrones finally aired the 6th episode of Season 8 and with it the show has finally come to an end. The series finale started off immediately where the previous episode ended. It showed us the aftermath of Daenerys’ sack of King’s Landing. Before we move ahead, it’s important to let you know that this article contains SPOILERS from the latest episode. So please turn back if you don’t want to see any spoilers.

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The episode started with a shocked Tyrion, Jon Snow and Davos walking through King’s Landing and seeing the destruction that was caused by Daenerys Targaryen. She didn’t spare anyone and we saw that the Unsullied were still unsatisfied and they continued executing Lannister soldiers in the latest episode. In the span of one episode, Daenerys and her army turned from heroes to villains.

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

Daenerys finally conquered King’s Landing and had a big Targaryen sigil banner hanging prominently on a wall and it reminded me of the time when Daenerys captured Meereen and her soldiers did the same at the top of the Great Pyramid.

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

Jon and Grey Worm had an argument and for a moment it felt as if there would be a fight between the Unsullied and Stark soldiers.

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

Tyrion decided that he could no longer serve Daenerys and threw away the Hand of the Queen pin and he was immediately arrested.

 

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

We got to see Tyrion’s trial in the Dragonpit.

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

Noble houses from all over Westeros had arrived for the trial and it was nice to see all members of House Stark present in King’s Landing.

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

Edmure Tully tried to nominate himself as the King of Westeros and was immediately asked to sit down by Sansa.

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

For killing Daenerys Targaryen, Jon was sent to the Night’s Watch.

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

Just like her ancestor, Ser Duncan the Tall, Brienne of Tarth became the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.

UPDATE: HBO has now posted a new set of photos from the episode. Take a look at these photos below:

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

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