Winter has come to San Diego in the form of an elaborate Game of Thrones experience, which will allow you to leave Comic-Con feeling like the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
Taking place at a sprawling indoor space sandwiched between the Omni and Hard Rock hotels in San Diego’s Gaslamp district, the HBO activation bestows a “dragonglass” RFID wristband (aka rockin’ snap bracelet) upon its visitors, before sending them on a journey through Westeros, from Winterfell to Dragonstone to Kings Landing, before ending up North of the Wall.
The first activation allows you and your friends to take Jon Snow’s place in the Great Hall at Winterfell, as the Northern Lords declare you King in the North.
After an attendant scans your wristband to send you your video, you’ll venture out to the Godswood where a weirwood tree will show you visions of a white raven and a new arrival to Westeros.
After that, you set sail for Dragonstone, where, beside costumes from the series, a distinctive table is set up ready for you to make your battle plans. You’ll even get a chance to sit on Daenerys’ majestic stone throne.
But if Iron is more your style, your next stop is King’s Landing, and we all know what’s waiting for you there…
If all that sitting has made you antsy for some action, your next destination is North of the Wall, where you’ll be able to don some weather-appropriate gear, grab Jon Snow’s Longclaw or some dragonglass daggers and take a 360 video of yourself preparing to face down a horde of attacking wights.
And if you’re still feeling bold after that charge into the breach, you can even face off with an army of White Walkers at the final station, before retreating outside to settle your nerves with the new Game of Thrones wines from Vintage Wine Estates (a Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend and Chardonnay, depending on your tastes) and the latest Bend the Knee Golden Ale from Brewery Ommegang.
If the photo ops weren’t enough of an incentive, every fan who goes through the experience will also receive a custom SDCC Night King Funko Pop! Figure, a t-shirt featuring the Night King key art and an exclusive Robert Ball Episode 701 mini-poster.
Winter has never looked so cool.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO. The Comic-Con “Winter is Here” activation runs Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 628 L Street, across from the Omni Hotel, and is open to all Comic-Con badge holders on a first-come, first-served basis.
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