Friday, 15 March 2013

Game of Thrones Exhibition - House Stark

Map of Westeros.
Greetings! The Game of Thrones Exhibition is currently hunkered down in Toronto's Design Exchange. This week, I decided to hop on the train and go south to Canada's biggest city to check it out. The tickets were free and currently sold out, but you can still get in by waiting in the hold over line (or whatever it's officially called). I am a big fan of the books and the show so this was an opportunity I didn't want to miss. It takes about a half an hour to get through the whole show, maybe longer, depending on how many people and how long they stare at things.
The show features many of the costumes and props from the show's first two seasons, a small archery game, and a replica of the Iron Throne which you can sit on and get your picture taken on (bring your own camera and have someone with you to take your picture). There were some TMN employees who would randomly take pictures of fans on the throne and fix a nice promotional graphic to it which includes the start of the next season and the house you're rooting for. I got the chance for this, choosing house Stark. If you tweet it with the hashtag #GOTexhibitionTO, you can win autographed copies of the books (by George R.R. Martin, obviously, or not). I didn't tweet my picture because, unfortunately, being from Quebec I was not allowed to enter (I hate that I'm excluded from most contests because of this, grr).
In the next couple of days I'll post some pictures from the exhibition. So, if you can't make it to one of the travelling exhibition's stops (next up NYC), I hope you'll enjoy this little piece of Westeros  before the premiere of Season 3 on March 31st.

House Stark

House Stark -click for larger view.
Sorry for shadows, lighting wasn't the greatest.
The leading house of the North, the Starks served as the region’s warden for nearly 300 years. It was an early Stark ancestor, Bran the Builder, who fashioned the massive wall of ice that protects the northern boundaries of the continent. Lord Eddard Stark raised his five children ~~ prim Sansa, noble Robb, mischievous Arya, curious Bran, young Rickon and the bastard Jon Snow ~~ to share his sense of honor. Although the family has served the kingdom faithfully, Robb severed ties with King Joffrey Baratheon upon news of his father’s execution, and took on the role of King in the North.

Stark costumes (from left to right, and if memory serves correctly):
Arya, Sansa, Robb, Ned, Catlyn, and Bran.
Poor Rickon is left out as usual!
Stark shield in the top left corner, Arya's sword 'Needle', her wooden practice sword,
Ned Stark's huge sword 'Ice', and Catlyn's dagger to the right of 'Ice'.
Theon's letter to Robb Stark.
I hope this reaches you in time. My father has rejected the offer and plans to attack the North, raiding the shores and taking Deepwood Motte. Mobilize your army and make for the North before its too late. I ll write again when I can.

Coming up tomorrow: House Baratheon and House Lannister.

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