The best experience I had at this year’s Comic Con was HBO’s offsite “Survive the Realm.” For any Game of Thrones fan, this was one thing you wouldn’t mind waiting for hours. And as the days went on and word spread about how awesome it was, lines were wrapped around the block for a chance to experience the show in the coolest ways. I found my place in line at 8:30 am on Thursday, the first day of the experience. It didn’t start until 11:30, but there were already about twenty-five people in front of me. Incredibly, if you didn’t want to wait in line, you could bypass it by getting a GoT tattoo. That’s right. They were doing free tattoos. It was pretty entertaining to see people who were debating getting inked to skip the line, the irony being that the wait would be just as long once you figured in the time for the tattoo. But for diehard GoT and/or tattoo fans, I could understand what a cool opportunity this was.
The first thing that I saw was a green screen, where they showed how they create many of the special effects. I was able to take a green screen picture with one of Daenerys’s dragons. I then received a GIF of the photo session as well as a photo. So cool.
I then saw the costumes from the series. Although the costumes look amazing onscreen, I was not prepared for the amount of detail in each costume. Margaery’s wedding dress was breathtaking, with the thorn details and train of velvet roses, nods to the Tyrell sigil of a golden rose.
The best part of the experience, though, was having the true sensation of climbing The Wall. Using the Oculus Rift technology, this allowed people to feel like they were being pulled up thousands of feet to top of the famous Wall of the series. I was locked in a iron cage similar to the one that they use on the show. Even though I logically knew that I was standing straight, my body felt like it was being lifted. Cold air blew around me, the floor vibrates, sounds came from every direction, and when I walked to the edge of The Wall and looked down, I felt the dizzy feeling of being on a ledge. Oh, and the final seconds involved me being killed and FALLING off The Wall, which was terrifying. I loved every second of that ninety second journey.
Finally, I got to sit on the Iron Throne! I didn’t have to kill anyone, break any oaths, marry a crazy king, or turn on any of my family members! I just had to wait in line for a few hours. I think Cersei is going about things all wrong.