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Game Of Thrones Exhibition: Too Scared To Take A Selfie With The White Walker…

I was burned alive by a dragon, cast over The Wall and turned into a White Walker. It’s a miracle I survived the Game of Thrones exhibition at the O2 in London.

Source: GoT Exhibition- Emily Jesson

I was burned alive by a dragon, cast over the wall and turned into a White Walker. It’s a miracle I survived the Game of Thrones exhibition at the O2 in London.

As I arrived I wandered through the costume and prop display, passing Jon Snow’s huge furs and Daenerys Targaryen’s rather skimpy dresses. I followed the crowd to a stage and stood on it awkwardly whilst I was asked for an “Oscar winning performance” of being burned alive by a dragon. They connected my video to the website www.GOTExhibition.com like they did with everyone else’s, so that we could log on and see it after the event. Safe to say I looked as ridiculous in mine as I felt at the time.

There are three main dragons in Game of Thrones: Drogon, named after Khal Drogo. It is black with red marking and is the largest of them. Rhaegal, named after Rhaegar Targaryen, is green with bronze markings. Viserion, named after Viserys Targaryen, is creamy white with gold markings.

Throughout the event we were encouraged to pick a house. The house I chose was Baratheon. House Baratheon is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, although also one of the youngest. It is the current royal house.

The friction between the houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, Tyrell and Martell leads to full-scale war. All the while an ancient evil awakens in the north. Amidst the war and political confusion, an ignored military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy terrors beyond.

Further on, I stood on yet another stage (with an immense feeling of embarrassment and dread) and I pulled scary faces into a camera as I was slowly transformed into a White Walker. Again, I accessed the results on the website.

I was then ushered into an ominous cage-like lift. “How are you with heights?” a guy smirked before putting headphones and goggles on me. The virtual simulator took me to the top of the wall where I was pelted with balls of fire until the lift collapsed from under me and I plummeted to my death. The graphics were great, the sounds, wind and movement of the lift were all very effective too.

Source: GoT Exhibition -Emily Jesson

The simulation reminded me of season three episode six when Jon Snow scales The Wall with just rope to hold him up. The Wall is a huge structure which spans three hundred miles along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, defending the land from the wildlings that live beyond. The Wall is reported to be over seven hundred feet tall and made of rock-solid ice. The Wall is defended and held by the Sworn Brothers of the Night’s Watch. Once an admirable organisation, the Watch has fallen onhard times by the time of the War of the Five Kings. It has become significantly less strong, numbering less than a thousand men.

If we look back on season three and season four we may remember one particularly terrifying White Walker. You can just picture him standing before you, his wispy white hair flowing in the wind as his cold; evil eyes bury themselves in your soul. Well, I took a selfie with him. I didn’t get too close mind, the way he was stood was like “come at me bro”. Plus I do not want to become this…

Source: GOT Exhibition – Emily Jesson

Later on in the exhibition we got the opportunity to sit on the Iron Throne. A German Jaime Lannister shouted “hands up who wants to sit on the Iron Throne” Everyone raised their hands. “wrong answer” He shouted “ because everyone who sits on the throne dies”. The Iron Throne is the throne upon which the King sits, located in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in the city of King’s Landing. The throne was allegedly forged from the 1,000 swords that had been surrendered to Aegon in the War of Conquest by the lords who had offered their fealty, though the actual number of the swords is less than two hundred.

These were then melted down by the fierybreath of Aegon’s dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, then beaten and bent into a throne with an impressive presence. If we look back at the previous seasons we can see that indeed everyone who has sat on the Iron Throne has died a brutal death. We have Eddard Stark, Robert Baratheon and Joffrey. It is safe to say that sitting on the Iron Throne is a serious matter and most probably life threatening. But I did it anyway.

Source: GoT Exhibition – Emily Jesson

Right at the end of the exhibition I discovered the gift shop. There is always a gift shop. You could by anything from the standard merch like t-shirts, mugs and figurines to my favourite… shot glasses.

Source: GoT Exhibition

GoT drinking game anyone?
If you are unable to make it to the exhibition you can check out the merch online at www.hboshopeu.com

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