February 26, 2014

Game of Thrones - Season 3 Blu-Ray and DVD Launch

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Season 3 Blu-Ray and DVD launch for Game of Thrones. Though I have not read the books, I am a huge Game of Thrones fan. I watched the first three seasons, back to back over the course of about a month or two. After the first couple episodes, I was hooked.

For those of you who have been living under a rock over the past few years, Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama series on HBO, and is an adaptation of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series written by George R. R. Martin. Game of Thrones debuted on HBO in April 2011 and the fourth season will debut on April 6, 2014. Let the countdown begin!
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The story line is quite intricate with several plot lines that all interweave, set in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. One of the main phrases from the show is “winter is coming”, and this is because the series is set after a summer that lasted a decade. There are several noble families, each with their own story line. The story lines all come together, as each family is vying for the iron throne. As the families are fighting for the iron throne, the story lines explore religion, violence, family, friendship, loyalty, corruption, sex and punishment.  

The Season 3 Blu-Ray and DVD launch party was a Red Wedding themed event. If you have not seen the Red Wedding episode, don’t worry – I will not post any spoilers. But, for those that have seen it, holy smokes! Wasn’t it amazing? But I digress….

The evening was put together beautifully. Upon walking into the Berkeley Church venue, you were greeted with (fake) snow coming from the ceiling. Of course, my first words were, “winter is coming.” Walking upstairs and into the main area we were met by some witches, who by looking into their cauldrons could tell which Game of Throne’s family we were part of. According to the witch, I look like I will do anything to survive, so of course I was sat at the Lannister table.
 
Lex PR did a great job with this event. There were White Walkers walking around, and you were able to take pictures with them. They were honestly terrifying. There was also an iron throne set up, just like the one from the show. You could pose for pictures on the iron throne, and even use some of the props provided (swords, capes, crowns etc.).

There were different cocktails for the different families, and they all had candy in them. They were delightful! There were waiters walking around with tempting appetizers to hold us over until dinner was served. Each family was called down to their tables separately for dinner. The dinner was buffet style, with fish, beef, lasagne, vegetables, salad…and so much more. It was delicious. Who doesn’t love buffet style? It just means you can go back for seconds, and thirds, and….

While everyone was seated they had entertainment on the stage. There was a sword fight, which escalated once the swords were lit on fire! After the sword fights, the president of HBO Canada came out and talked about all the new shows HBO has coming, as well as some that are coming to an end. Then they brought out Devon Soltendieck, who would be interviewing two of the stars from Game of Thrones, Isaac Hempstead-Wright who plays Bran Stark and Kristian Nairn who plays Hodor. These two actors are very close in the series, and in real life you can see that bond carries over. For quite a bit of the interview it was basically the two actors talking amongst themselves, telling inside jokes, while Devon and the rest of us just looked on. Their chemistry is amazing and it portrays onto the screen. I had the pleasure of meeting both actors afterwards, and after speaking with them, they are both sweethearts. They love what they do and they love all their fans.
As the evening drew to a close, we were presented with gift bags. Each family received a personalized gift bag. The Lannister family bag contained the first 3 seasons of Game of Thrones on Blu-Ray, and a Lannister family mug. This isn’t your typical coffee mug however, it’s massive!

The evening was very fun filled, I met some awesome new people, had some great food and drinks and am even more excited for the Season 4 premier of Game of Thrones!

Is it April yet?!