SXSW is literally a feast for your eyes – and liver, but one of the many highlights of this adrenaline rushing festival this year was Game of Thrones: The Exhibition. The exhibition has already premiered in New York City and Mexico City, and its most recent stop was the Austin Music Hall. For fans and even casual viewers, this was an event not to be missed as HBO immerses you into an experience unlike any other we have seen. Open to the public; fans and SXSW attendees were able to line-up and enter their own version of Kings Landing.
On display were grand and elaborate costumes from the show as well as props. The cast is certainly shorter than I would have imagined – except Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth). You can view artifacts from the movie which seem so realistic, it’s as if they were unearthed from an archaeological dig and put on display.
Pivotal characters have been paired together in displays that highlight their storyline as well as heavily embroidered wardrobes and weapons. For example, Jon Snow is obviously paired with the Longclaw.
If your desire is to protect the wall – there is an immersive virtual reality experience that will place visitors within the world of Westeros. Fans are also able to sit on the Iron Throne, in any power-thirsty pose they desire.
But probably one of the saddest sections of the exhibition is the In Memoriam wall, featuring characters that have been killed off… and yes the Red Wedding victims are there… even poor Grey Wind, Robb Stark’s loyal dire-wolf.
If you missed the exhibition so far, don’t fret! Here are the rest of the upcoming locations:
- Rio De Janeiro (4/5 – 4/9)
- Oslo (4/26 – 4/30)
- Toronto (5/14 – 5/18)
- Belfast (Dates to be announced)
- Vancouver (8/16 – 9/1)
Game of Thrones new season premieres Sunday, April 6th at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.