Westeros Comes Alive In London: Game Of Thrones Exhibition Opens

There is no doubt that one of the most beloved television franchises to date is HBO’s Game Of Thrones. The dramatic series inspired by the fantasy novels of George R.R. Martin, A Song Of Ice and Fire, has brought fans to a fever pitch with each of its past four seasons and has embedded itself within popular culture globally. And now, those fans awaiting the beginning of the show’s fifth season will have something else to indulge in beforehand.

Game Of Thrones: The Exhibition has opened today in London, England. This is the third iteration of the exhibit put together by HBO in order to allow fans to get a chance to view all of their favorite costumes and items from the series. They’ll also have a chance to take part in specially crafted experiences based on what has taken place so far in the first four seasons of Game Of Thrones. The special exhibition is being hosted in conjunction with Sky Atlantic, the network airing Game Of Thrones in the United Kingdom. At the grand opening event taking place at the O2 Arena, fans also got the chance to meet John Bradley, the actor who plays Sam in the series and pose for pictures with him. When interviewed by press, Bradley did offer a tidbit of information on the upcoming season, saying that fans will be ‘double-crossed in new and exciting ways’ for Season 5.

The exhibition greets visitors with a choice: they must pledge allegiance to one of the Great Houses of Stark, Lannister, Aryn or Geyjoy – or choose to join the Night Watch. From there, they will encounter over 70 different pieces from the show, including a sneak peek at items and costumes that will make their debut in the fifth season. These items include The Mountains’ own sword, measuring at a staggering 5 feet and four inches. Visitors will also get the chance to fully experience the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros thanks to a tour designed for the Oculus Rift VR headset, including scaling the 700 foot White Wall.

The exhibit will be in London in two stretches – from today until the 12th, and then from February 15th until the 17th. Then it will go on the road, with stops in Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Tel Aviv. For fans in the United States however, the bad news is that the exhibit won’t be hosted on these shores – it’s mainly available to those Sky TV subscribers and their guests as well as first-come, first-serve guests. But it is a tempting reason to plan an excursion around.