Here’s Florence + the Machine’s full-length version of “Jenny of Oldstones”, the song that played during the end credits of “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, Sunday night’s somber episode of Game of Thrones. The opening lyrics are by George R. R. Martin.
Spoilers, if you haven’t yet seen S08 E02. But of course you have, by now.
Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season in 40 days.*
A confession. When I first learned that HBO was planning a series based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, I was sure it would be a disaster. With my goldfish-like attention span, I’d never been tempted to read the books, but I knew they were intricately plotted, minutely detailed, and written from the viewpoints of dozens—hundreds!—of key characters, all with strangely misspelled names. And they were long.
No way could they be filmed, I thought.
And now here I am, eagerly awaiting the final episodes of the world’s most popular television series, and wondering what I’ll watch once it’s gone.
*If anyone is looking for a way to keep busy during those 40 days and 40 nights, I hear that fasting in the desert has its merits. Me, I’ll be bingeing on the 67 episodes that have already been screened.
Where it will show up next is anybody’s guess, because the tour’s stops after Barcelona have not yet been announced. But with the final episodes of Game of Thrones not expected to air until mid-2019 at the earliest, and with the final book of the series not expected to see print until George R. R. Martin’s heirs hire someone to use GRRM’s notes to complete the last four or five volumes, the tour should run for a long, long time.
According to the tour website, here’s what to expect:
In Barcelona, standard adult tickets for the exhibition range from €10.00 to €18.50, depending on the time and day, which is really reasonable. Expect higher prices when it hits the US.
If you want to see it in Barcelona, you can order tickets here. Barcelona is a beautiful city, and the food there is fantastic. Also, it’s warm in winter, and we all know that Winter Is Coming, don’t we?
“Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” will be in Barcelona until 7 January 2018.
And once again, I’m reduced to quivering fanboy status, unable to come up with anything more insightful than “Oooooh! Oooooh! Oooooh!” I feel the same way I did when Breaking Bad reached those final two seasons: I couldn’t wait to see the next episode, but at the same time, I dreaded the approach of the end of a masterpiece.
I’m not the only one feeling ambiguous about the completion of Game of Thrones. Word is that George R. R. Martin, always eager for an excuse to avoid finishing the Song of Ice and Fire book series on which the show is based, is working with HBO on four or five possible Game of Thrones spinoffs.
Better Call Littlefinger, anybody?
Brilliant trailer, btw, but of course it is.
The penultimate series of Game of Thrones will begin airing in the US on 16 July 2017, with a simultaneous screening in the UK, where it will be 2 AM on the 17th.
Looks like MTV is getting into the Swords and Sorcery business. This video was shown at Comic-Con 2015.
The Shannara Chronicles is a 10-episode series that’s set to screen in early 2016. If it’s a hit, there’s plenty of material for more episodes; it’s based on an epic fantasy by Terry Brooks, who has published somewhere north of 30 (30!) novels in the series. George R. R. Martin, please take note.
I haven’t read any of the 30+ books, lacking, as I do, both any great interest in epic fantasy novels and an attention span longer than seven minutes. But I do love Game of Thrones (the TV series) and Lord of the Rings (the movies.) I’ll have to find where MTV is on Comcast’s channel grid, because I’ll be checking this out.
BTW, “I remember when MTV played music videos.” = “I’m really old.”