Still recovering from the shock, grief and realisation that Game of Thrones has wrapped up for another season, I thought it was time to reminisce about one of my favourite Game of Thrones moments this year, being the Game of Thrones Exhibition in Madrid.
For those of you who know me personally, or have read my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I am a little obsessed with Game of Thrones (ok, a little might be an understatement). I have seen every episode so far and in a matter of months had read all of the released books from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. I even made a special journey to Osuna to try to spot the stars during filming and get a spot as an extra (sadly, neither of those dreams were realised). D & D, call me???
So when I heard that the Game of Thrones Exhibition was coming to Madrid for the first time, I made it my mission to get there and see it! This wasn’t my first attempt to go to the exhibition. In 2014, when the exhibition toured Australia, my friend and I got up early and caught the 3.5 hour bus to Sydney hoping to get in. Unfortunately when we arrived, the line was so long, we were advised that there would be an 8+ hour wait to get inside. Considering the exhibition would most likely be closed by the time we could get in, we cut our losses and went sightseeing in Sydney instead.
With that in mind, I did not want to take any chances. I trawled the internet on a daily basis to find any updates on the Madrid venture. Due to my persistent OCD, I was able to nab up tickets (thank goodness they had the sense to release some timed entry tickets this time around!) before they were all gone!
The exhibition was held in the Matadero building. This used to be an abertoire that has now been converted into an artspace for exhibitions, installations and performances. A very cool venue!
The exhibition is filled with costumes and props, mostly from season 4. From Jaime Lannister’s golden hand to the Sons of the Harpy’s mask, you can see into the world of Westeros.
They had interactive displays, where you can be filmed being burnt by a dragon or turned into a White Walker.
And of course, there’s the iron throne.
But the highlight for both of us was the Oculus Rift – a virtual reality experience where you ascend the wall. You and all of your senses are transported to the wall, where you will feel and hear the cold and icy wind blowing onto you, feel the rattling of the lift and see what lies beyond the other side.
Without rambling on too much, here’s our pics and video from the awesome day at the exhibition.
If you are a big fan and they tour again next year in a city near you, try to score some tickets! Sadly, no sign of Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen, but still a fun day for the “frikis”. And now we face the long wait until April 2016 to see what happens *sigh*….