Game of Thrones will return for its final season sometime next year, and to appease the show’s rabid fanbase, HBO will release the first season of the show in 4K. The release will have some really kick ass special features, a list of which you’ll find below:
- “Animated Histories,” about the mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves;
- “Anatomy of an Episode,” an in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode six, “A Golden Crown”;
- cast auditions, with rarely-seen footage of the cast auditioning;
- “Making Game of Thrones,” an exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interviews with the cast and crew;
- profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them;
- “Creating the Show Open,”an inside look at the creation of the Emmy-winning opening title sequence for “Game of Thrones”;
- “From the Book to the Screen,” in which executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenges of bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to life on HBO;
- “The Night’s Watch,” an in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the wall, a 700-foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond;
- “Creating the Dothraki Language,” a glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in the series;
- seven audio commentaries with cast and crew, including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bryan Cogman, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor; and
- a digital download code for the ten-episode season in HD.
All of these features draw my attention, I could spend a whole day binging them. Especially the animated histories and creating the show’s opening sequence. HBO released the first season of another hit show, Westworld, in 4K quality making it the first scripted television show to be released in this manner, and Game of Thrones will get the same treatment on June 5 of this year (Though if the first season was shot on the Arri Alexa, which as far as I know, only shot up to 2K, does that mean this won’t be true 4K? Hmm…).
Game of Thrones, arguably the best television show ever made will air it’s final season next year. Now that the Night King and his army have made it to the other side of the wall, all the pieces are set for an epic showdown and the story’s conclusion.
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