It’s no secret that I love Twitter. However this past week, my activity on the network has culminated in a few treats that have intensified my adoration for the platform to quite a level.
After a some mysterious tweeting with HBO’s UK account, I was subsequently invited to celebrate the release of Games of Thrones Season 3 on Blu-ray and DVD at an exclusive screening.
As a result of this, I found myself, this Tuesday evening, in the rather smart basement rooms of the Soho Hotel, drinking wine and making small chat with strangers.
That said, small chat was pretty easy to make when in the presence of the monstrous creation on the right!
The Red Wedding Cake was made specially for the event by the extraordinary team behind Choccywoccydoodah. In honour of the tragic penultimate episode of Series 3, the creation was a pretty macabre take on a traditional wedding cake. Swords, daggers and arrows, created from chocolate, gave the illusion of tiers, whilst a conjoined Stark and Frey shield took centre stage. With a chocolate, raisin and rum centre, the cake apparently took four people and twenty hours to build. (And mere minutes for us lot to eat!)
However we didn’t have too long to appreciate their creation before being ushered into the screening room, where it was revealed what we were about to watch. Before that got under way, however, we were offered yet another surprise.
Maisie Williams, better know as Arya, the youngest Stark daughter, arrived to chat a little about filming Thrones. From scenes with Rory “The Hound” McCann – “she’s not trying to kill him anymore” - to learning to sword fight, she seemed pretty ecstatic with the whole experience. Despite myself being rather torn on the character of Arya, Maisie has brought Arya to life brilliantly and it was great to hear her talk more about the role. She, herself, seem intrigued by Arya’s journey from the tomboy child she first auditioned for, to the bitter and angry creature she has transformed into in Season 4.
The Rains of Castamere
The footage we were shown on was a making-of documentary for the penultimate episode of Season 3, featuring the aforementioned Red Wedding.
In an effective mix of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the film makes for a sort of visual commentary. By splitting the screen, you are able to see various scenes from the episode whilst also watching interviews with the cast and crew.
I was far too enraptured to remember all the little details but I can ensure you it provides a great insight into the filming process. Despite only focussing on one episode, the plots and characters featured provide such a range, that you certainly feel as though you are getting an insight into the making of the entire series.
From fake rain for the wildings at the windmill to the faux leather walls of the Twins, the viewer is thrown quite brutally into the realities of producing television. Yet you never once feel as though they are ruining the magic. Even when it is shown, in quite some detail, how they achieve a wolf attack, you are left marvelling at the team’s skill, as opposed to sulking over revealed secrets.
Another pleasant surprise is just how funny the actors can be. As insightful as the interviews with the creative team are, the cast naturally stand out. The packed screening room was regularly in fits of laughter.
Everyone loves a goodie bag!
Overall the film runs for around an hour and is certainly worth watching, should you be purchasing the Blu-ray.
Of course, the end of the film meant the end of our time spent at the event. We didn’t leave empty handed however…
All in all, a bloody good Tuesday evening. Thanks for the invite HBO. And may the gods of the internet bless Twitter!
p.s. The cake tasted great.