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???

    Ok… so I might be a little craycray for GoT…

    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.

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    Ling and the 8 hour line for the GoT exhibition in Sydney, 2014. No chance of getting in that time!

    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!

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    For a fan of fashion and design, I loved seeing the costumes up close!

    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!

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    We love the whole ‘converted-warehouse’ vibe here

    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.

    The famous golden hand

    The mysterious and despised mask of the Sons of the Harpy

    They had interactive displays, where you can be filmed being burnt by a dragon or turned into a White Walker.

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    Winter is Coming…

    And of course, there’s the iron throne.

    I will take what's mine with fire and blood....

    I will take what’s mine with fire and blood….

    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.

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    Ascending the Wall in the Oculus Rift – One of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced!

    Without rambling on too much, here’s our pics and video from the awesome day at the exhibition.

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    “What did you say was behind me?”

    When they nicknamed Gregor Clegane ‘The Mountain’, they weren’t lying! This guy is huge!

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    Ling checking out Sansa’s and Arya’s threads

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    How many times do I have to say, “Fire cannot kill a dragon”.

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    Can you tell I’m a bit of a fangirl yet?

    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*….

    Sadly, this is as close as I’ll ever get to kissing Jon Snow…

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