Argh! There is only one more episode of Game of Thrones left and this season has really been hotting up. Will any more of my favourite characters die? And who will be sitting on the Iron Throne this time next year I wonder?!
To help sweeten the blow of the series end you could visit the Game of Thrones exhibition which opens in Belfast from the 11-15 of June 2014. I went along to the exhibition last year and ogled the costumes up close. Here is what I saw:
The Stark Family are probably my favourite- being from the north and all. I’m rooting for Arya, whose dress is closest in the picture (and her wee face is on the far wall too!)
Above you can see the detailing on Sansa’s original costume (before her family left for Westeros), I love the very subtle beading and embroidery embellishments and on the right is her mother Catelyn Stark (nee Tully)’s outfit. She still wears as a pin the fish motif of her family in the Riverlands, but over her shoulders the wolf stole symbolises the Stark family. Though this family is ‘Highborn’ I admire their lack of ostentation.
In stark contrast (no pun intended!) the costumes of the Lannister family are heavily embellished with brocade and embroidery in extravagant reds and gold (with Joffrey in purple, the colour of royalty). Gold and tan amour is often in evidence, even in Cersei. And the flashiest armour belongs to Jamie, not pictured because he was behind Tyrion whose suit I was more intent on capturing. (I am taller than him, honest!)
Of course Daenerys is a firm fan favourite and I was excited to see her costumes’ progression from nomadic ‘savage’ to increasingly more subtle and sophisticated as she conquers each eastern city in her path. (Sadly missing was the blue dress with ‘scales’ that she wears over trousers, that’s my favourite). Some of her dragons were there too!
It’s great to see props and costumes on display here where much of Game of Thrones is filmed. Various locations in Northern Ireland provide the backdrop for the Iron Islands, the Dothraki planes and Dragon Stone beach to name but a few. On the Discover Northern Ireland website you can see where all the locations are and even plan a tour. What are you waiting for? Get on the Kings Road and visit Westeros this summer 😉