After almost a year of anxiously waiting, tonight's the night. HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones will be slashing its way back onto the small screen this evening, to the pure joy of its droves of loyal fans. Since the hiatus between seasons is so long, finally hearing the theme song and the visual masterpiece that is the opening sequence is sure to get everyone’s blood pumping. A graphic designer and company has now created a new version of that signature opening with an unconventional material: paper. Check out the video below.
Pretty great right? This video surely took an insane amount of hours to create, and it definitely paid off.
A team of designers painstakingly created each and every building of the vast city of King’s Landing. In addition to carving out the buildings of Cersei’s playground, there was another added challenge. The designers also had to create functioning gears and devices which would work the same way that Game of Thrones’ opening sequence does. And all with paper.
The video all ends with the paper city of King’s Landing successfully folding into itself, using what I assume is stop-motion photography. And to give true fans of the TV series and George R.R. Martin novels an extra bit of glee, the city ends up folding into three separate books. Each book bears the symbol of the three most prominent houses in the mythos: Targaryen, Stark, and Lannister.
To get a better idea of how the paper King’s Landing was created, check out the behind the scenes video below.
Game of Thrones’ opening sequence has always captivated its audience. While theme songs might become a bit tired after five seasons, Game’s continues to change every episode. The opening highlights the major settings from each episode, so it will change depending on which of the myriad characters are being highlighted in that particular episode. Once Arya began her training at the House of Black and White, Braavos was regularly included in the opening. Similarly, Season 5 introduced us to The Sand Snakes in Sunspear, so the city was was added to the opening sequence. Of course, King’s Landing, Winterfell, and The Wall are always included as much of the action takes place in those three settings.
This paper opening sequence helped to truly get me pumped for tonight’s Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones. I’m eager to get back into the world of Westeros, as so much was left up in the air last season. Is Jon staying dead? Will Margaery ever get out of that damn prison? How does Cersei like her new pixie cut? The questions are endless.
Make sure to tune in to the season premiere of Game of Thrones tonight on HBO.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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