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There’s a reason every single person in downtown San Diego is carrying around a three-foot-tall swag bag this weekend – Comic-Con is all about the merch! But some of the best collectibles on display in the convention hall aren’t going home with anyone. At least not yet.
A glass case at the Dark Horse Comics booth housed a series of prototype figurines, including Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and, of course, the Iron Throne itself. The statuettes’ release date is yet to be announced, but fans can visit the HBO Shop online to be notified as soon as they’re available.
Over at Chronicle Books’ table, the upcoming ‘Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones’ was presented for hands-off ogling. The book – written by MGOT’s old friend Bryan Cogman – is not yet on sale, but the first 300 people to preorder it at the booth got to take home a bookplate autographed by Cogman, a writer and the official “keeper of the mythology” for the show.
AROUND THE WEB
by Bryan Cogman
"Later came sweetbreads and pigeon pie and baked apples fragrant with cinnamon and lemon cakes frosted in sugar, but by then Sansa was so stuffed that she could not manage more than two little lemon cakes, as much as she loved them." -A Game of Thrones
HOLLYWOOD, CA - Hello friends. It's been a while. I believe my last dispatch was from Malta?! Forgive me, faithful readers. I was pulled in about a thousand directions once I was back in Belfast what with shooting the final episodes while simultaneously beginning post production work. And the last month of production proved most challenging - we were hit with some harsh December weather - the worst in Belfast since 1982. Apparently the Gods failed to remember the tagline of our show is "Winter is ComING."
Thankfully, between the Maester's Path, the "Artisan" and "House" videos, and the first several scenes of the series premiere previewing the weekend before last, I'm confident you've had plenty to keep you occupied. And last week I had the distinct pleasure of indulging in HBO's latest "Thrones"-related promotion when I dropped by the Game of Thrones Food Truck, with delectable dishes created exclusively for GOT fans by world-class chef Tom Colicchio.
CRAFT is one of my favorite restaurants (haven't had the chance to try Colicchio & Sons, but am dying to when I'm in NYC next) so, naturally, I was thrilled when I was informed he was creating dishes based on various regions in Westeros and across the Narrow Sea.
My wife Mandy and I sampled both dishes, inspired by the capital of Westeros, King's Landing. The first was a succulent roast rabbit dish with lemon and these crazy-good stewed pistachios. The second (and my favorite) was a delicious crispy trout served with an incredible almond butter mostarda... oh MAN! So good.
Lemon cakes for dessert. Unlike Sansa Stark, I am not so easily stuffed and would have been able to eat a whole lot more than two if given the opportunity. Another highlight of our visit was I had the chance to meet and chat with a few fans of the books (and hopefully) the show. Great to see such a large turnout.
Quick update about what I've been up to since I've been back in the states. I've been keeping busy since we wrapped working with the HBO Home Entertainment people on some exciting special features for the show's Season One Bluray. Otherwise, I'm eagerly awaiting the show's premiere on April 17th. Thanks again, to you all, for your enthusiastic support of the show.
Until, next time, friends,
Ours is the Fury!
ON THE SET
by Bryan Cogman
MANIKATA, Malta - Man, it's hot today. And the flies! The flies are showing me no mercy. What is it about me that attracts these creatures?? Today we're in a small, picturesque farming village called Manikata, which has been transformed into the Village of the Lhazareen. I'm here with the Dothraki horde; they've just raided the village and are looting it for spoils. Typical Tuesday at 'Game of Thrones' really.
Today's scene is notable in that it's almost entirely spoken in "Dothraki." While there are bit and pieces of the Dothraki tongue in the books, our linguist (David Peterson, of the Language Creation Society) has created a complete language for the show. Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) is spitting out a particularly vicious bit of dialogue now as he confronts an insubordinate warrior.
Until next time, friends,
Eyél várthasoe she ilekaán ríkhoya arrekaán vékha vósi yeroón vósma tolórro!
ON THE SET
by Bryan Cogman
WARNING: POTENTIAL (MINOR) SPOILERS AHEAD
SAN ANTON'S PALACE, Malta - The waters are rising. I'm in my chair in Video Village, feet up, knees tucked to my chest...as the muddy water creeps ever higher. Rain pounding against the tent flaps!Flooding! Wasn't Malta supposed to be dry this time of year???
The waters continue to rise! Soon we'll have to swim for it. What's to be done? Thankfully, our stalwart line producer Chris Newman exclaims: "The drains!" Turns out we covered up the drains earlier this morning as they read too modern, hence the flooded courtyard. Chris wades out to the various drains, opens them up and the waters finally recede. We're saved!
A short time later and everything's dry. We're shooting a few scenes from Episode VIII today at San Anton's Palace, which is the official residence of the President himself. We'll be here for several days utilizing the courtyards, colonnades, and gardens of this 15th century palace for various scenes in the Red Keep, the seat of power in the Seven Kingdoms.