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Sven Sauer, The Rise of the Dragon illustrator, recalls designing Harrenhal




The first season of Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon has reached its conclusion. It had its ups and downs but overall it was a hell of a roller coaster ride. It had everything that the fans had expected, amazing casting, a thrilling performance by the cast, breathtaking scenery, and an intriguing storyline. Season 1 began with an extensive look at the interior of the massive hall of Harrenhal, which looked way better than it did in Game of Thrones.

Sven Sauer, artist for the Fire & Blood artbook, The Rise of the Dragon, was also a designer for the TV show, and recalled how he first went about designing the infamous castle. He told Los Siete Reinos, “Basically, we made five illustrations to describe the location. I had wanted to finish developing that castle for a long time. And then came the pandemic. And like many people, our jobs went down the drain as movie sets closed all over the world.”

“We dissected the texts of the books and gathered all the information we could about Harrenhal. Elio [Garcia] found old letters in which George wrote more details about the castle that had not appeared in the books.”

“In fact, there is no exhaustive description of the castle. It is always in fragments, which we put together like a puzzle piece by piece. In a very detailed work, the first sketch of the castle, to scale with all its towers and salts, was created. We worked for almost six months on that model.”

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. Sayantan has since worked for several reputed firms, such as Collider and FandomWire, gathering experience and nods from some of the best in the industry. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. When he is not hunting for headlines and theories, you can find him engrossed in fantasy shows, conspiracy theories and video games.

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