Monday, 9 March 2015
GoT EXHIBIT LONDON
The day I'd been waiting for finally arrived! I was over the moon to hear that the Game of Thrones exhibition would finally be coming to London this year and that it would be free entry for all Sky TV customers like me. Unfortunately, it was a real struggle to reserve said tickets, the Sky website refused to load with the amount of people online, desperately trying to grab them as soon as they went up and Sky not doing much to solve the problem but instead telling everyone to 'just keep trying'. It was almost two hours of constant page refreshing until I managed to get tickets (and even longer for others I'd heard) but I guess the most important thing was that I'd secured my place, I just hope Sky have learnt their lesson from this incident. They should have really calculated an expected demand and better prepared their servers, I mean, it's Game of Thrones for crying out loud. Anyway, moving on to the actual exhibition experience...
My friend Katrina and I met up at the O2 where it was being held, a little earlier than our 5pm entry slot, but there was an area upstairs that was open at all times and you could take photos on the Iron Throne as well as some green screen photobooths with dragon and white walker backgrounds so we whiled away our waiting time there. When 5pm rolled around and we made our way inside the exhibition, I was pleased to find that the first thing that greeted me from around the corner was darling Sansa/Alayne's Mockingbird costume. I spent a great deal of time in it's presence and admiring it, not only because it's my favourite character's outfit but because I'm planning on cosplaying her for Comic Con so it was really wonderful to be able to inspect all the details of her feathered gown and necklace up close. All the costumes and props were grouped together in their respective houses/areas and up next were some from the iconic Purple Wedding. Margaery's wedding dress with Tyrell roses spilling down it's long train, was even more exquisite in person. Another one of my favourite pieces was Sansa's necklace of strangler crystals that of course caused Joffrey to meet a convenient yet untimely demise.
Amongst the displayed were a first look at some props from the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, including the Dornish Viper box sent to Cersei, that can be glimpsed in the trailer. Various character's weapons were also presented next to their costumes and it's quite amazing to see how big they actually are, the one I am posing with was the Mountain's sword! More gorgeous gowns up next, including two very recognisable ones that were worn by the Khaleesi and Ellaria's golden masterpiece that she had on for both the Purple Wedding and Tyrion's trial by combat. The exhibition then moves north to the Wall and after taking a look at the last of the props and costumes including team Dragonstone's and Jon Snow's, our last stop was something that I'd been intrigued by ever since I saw photos of the cast members trying it out at the last world premiere, the 360° virtual reality experience - Ascend the Wall. Stepping into one of the booths, a member of staff straps an Oculus Rift VR headset over you, essentially like you're wearing huge goggles and headphones but as soon as they're on it's like you've stepped into another world. It's a 3D view and no matter where you turn or look, the view of the world accommodates, it's a little disorienting at first finding myself amongst the snow at Castle Black but soon the wind (from machines) is gusting over me and I just want to explore. The experience is very brief but leads you up in an elevator to the very top of the Wall where you can peer over the edge at the sheer drop into the Wildling territory, mountains ranging in the background as far as the eye can see. Without warning it drops you over the side and my stomach seriously lurched. Then it was over. It was the coolest thing and I'd love to see them expand this experience to different places in Westeros.
So the geek in me (who am I kidding, I am just 100% geek) had the best time of her life that day, as soon as I got home I was already wishing there was some way I could visit again. I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to experience this exhibition and it's made me even more excited for season 5, if that's even possible! I've spent the last week re-watching the past seasons back to back in preparation, April 12th just can't come around fast enough!