The grand finale of Game of Thrones
is still a long ways off. With rumors that Game of Thrones
season 8 won't premiere until 2019, it's going to be a long wait to find out who wins the Iron Throne. HBO doesn't want people to forget about the show though, so for the upcoming release of the season 7 Blu-ray and DVD they've added a special feature that every Game of Thrones
fans should want to watch and discuss. The home release of Game of Thrones
season 7 is the only way to experience, for now, the story of how the Seven Kingdoms were formed.
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Included for a "limited time" in the season 7 physical release will be an extra disc. This disc is essentially another episode of Game of Thrones
, at least in length. It is a 45-minute long animated feature that will recount the history of the Seven Kingdoms, specifically how House Targaryen originally crossed the sea into Westeros and conquered the land.
To get fans excited (and to promote sales) HBO has released a sneak peek of the feature on its Game of Thrones YouTube page.
The nearly five minute clip shows off the gorgeous art style of the feature as well as what fans can expect from the story. Narrated by Harry Lloyd, who played Viserys Targaryen, the preview shows how House Targaryen escaped the Doom of Valyria and ended up deciding to conquer Westeros.
The rest of the feature will follow in a similar vein with other Game of Thrones actors recounting bits of history, as their characters from the show.
The events detailed in the preview have all been referenced on Game of Thrones but they've never been explained in such a clear and obvious fashion. The feature creates a great deal of clarity on the history of Westeros and in some ways the future of the franchise. There are plenty of parallels to be found with Viserys taking about the original Targaryen conquest to what Dany (and Jon) are planning to do in Game of Thrones season 8.
The origin of places and objects that have been seen in the show, like Dragonstone and its war table, are also explained. Careful viewers can also find a hint about how House Baratheon was formed, although it isn't fully detailed in the preview.
Furthermore, the feature could be hinting at the multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs that are in the works. The Doom of Valyria as detailed in the animation would make for a great miniseries or full-blown spin-off when Game of Thrones wraps up its tale.
What did you think of the preview? Did it entice you to pick up the DVD or Blu-ray? Would the Doom of Valyria make for a good spin-off? What would you like to see from the future of Game of Thrones?
(Image and video courtesy of HBO)