First look at animated history feature from the Game of Thrones S2 Blu-ray
By Winter Is Coming on in Media, Merchandise.

I think it is fair to say that the animated histories were the consensus best part of the Game of Thrones season one Blu-rays. Well, there are 19 all-new animated histories on this year’s Blu-ray set and we’ve got your first look at one of those features. It is the “History of the Alchemists’ Guild”, narrated by Roy Dotrice as Wisdom Hallyne.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season releases February 19 on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray, DVD and digital download).

Winter Is Coming: Can’t wait to get my hands on these Blu-rays. I wonder what other histories they will include? The history of the Greyjoys seems likely. Maybe a history of Harrenhal. Any other histories you would like to see?


67 Comments

  1. feyrband
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    good ol’ Roy Dotrice

  2. Watson
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I still want to know why Davos knew what wildfire looked like.

    Oh well, this seems like good stuff.

  3. FSBlue
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Too early to get something dealing with the Faceless Men?

  4. arden
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    rossart was hand for a fortnight, hardly something to boast about Hallyne!!

  5. Darquemode
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Certainly loved Season One’s histories and I’m looking forward to Season Two’s!!

    I would guess we will get Grejoys as suggested, I would love histories on the Faceless Men, but I doubt that will happen this year. Maybe Season 4?

    Perhaps we will get some info on the Qarth warlocks and the House of the Undying?

  6. Toast
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see that Best Buy finally got around to making the Greyjoy and Lannister bluray sleeves available, but what about the Baratheon sleeve? Lannister would do if there wasn’t one but if not this year when would a Baratheon sleeve be available? Robert and Renly are both dead and Stannis changed his sigil. If anyone could fill me in that would be great cause I have already had to cancel one preorder, would rather not have to cancel again if that were to become available.

    And yes, the histories were the best part of the season 1 bluray. I supppose the Tyrell history will be making an appearance.

  7. Darquemode
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Toast,

    I saw this pohoto of the Baratheon cover posted on DVDTalk that supposedly was from a Spanish BD site called Mubis.es , but I could not find the Baratheon cover on the site. I do not speak panish so I admit my search was limited. XD

    I have yet to see any site or store that has that cover available, but it could be out there in theory…..

    Therre a number of Spanish sites that seem to promote the 3 limited covers ….
    http://www.seriesybodrios.es/2012/12/juego-de-tronos-pronto-en-bluray.html
    http://www.thob.org/articulo/juego_de_tronos_pronto_en_bluray-719754.html

  8. Maester Ch'vyalthan
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I think the most likely history is one of the Ghiscari Empire and Old Ghis, to give more explanation to non-book readers about the history of Slaver’s Bay and that area.

  9. Sam
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Mm. Listening to Roy speak again is wonderful. I first read the books via audiobook, so he is quintessentially Song of Ice and Fire to me. I calmed right down listening to that. Makde my day better.

    Only a few weeks to release, too. Happy me.

  10. John W
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Histories I’d like to see?

    -More about Valyria and The Doom

    -The Blackfyre Rebellion

    -The original Dance of Dragons

  11. Abyss
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Watson,

    Well, wildfire is green fire that burns on water, not that hard to recognize if you ask me. ;-)
    Besides, Davos is a sailor and wildfire is THE weapon against ships (like his real-world match greek fire), it’s even possible, that he saw it at some point.

  12. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Toast,
    Darquemode,

    That Baratheon cover was likely a fake. There is no Baratheon cover. I agree that it was an oversight by HBO not to launch a Baratheon stag cover this year.

  13. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that was cool. A woman must consider purchasing a BlueRay package now, as these look well worth the extra buckage.

  14. FlayedManofBK
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    John W,

    -More about Valyria and The Doom

    didn’t the season 1 Blu ray cover this about as much as GRRM has revealed up to now? I remember a lot about the Valyrian conquest of Ghis and the discovery of Dragons..

  15. Earl Greyjoy
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Possible histories for Season 2:

    Qarth
    Harrenhall
    The Kings Beyond the Wall
    House Greyjoy
    House Tyrell
    The Siege of Storms End

  16. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    What were the animated histories of the first season?

  17. Toast
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Wow, thanks for getting back so quickly. Now I can go ahead and order the Lannister cover. It is a shame that there is not a Baratheon cover, but the Greyjoy and Lannister ones do look good.

    AdrianAegon,

    check this out.
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=game+of+thrones+history+and+lore+playlist&oq=game+of+thrones+histo&gs_l=youtube-reduced.3.2.0l4.122281.125603.0.130962.21.11.0.10.10.0.138.597.10j1.11.0…0.0…1ac.1.Yu09VMlLfR0

  18. Nezzer
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Earl Greyjoy:
    Possible histories for Season 2:

    Qarth
    Harrenhall
    The Kings Beyond the Wall
    House Greyjoy
    House Tyrell
    The Siege of Storms End

    The siege of Storm’s End narrated by Stephen Dillane would be epic.

  19. juego de tronos
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I need to watch the others 18 stories right now!!

  20. dizzy
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    19 this time? Awesome!

  21. Steven Swanson
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Watson: I still want to know why Davos knew what wildfire looked like.Oh well, this seems like good stuff.

    He grew up in Kings Landing during the Aerys years, not far-fetched to think that he saw it in some form when the pyromancers were at their height. Or, like was said above, it’s probably something that any sailor would want to familiarize themselves with.

  22. WildSeed
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Hmm….. always knew those Alchemists favored those Targaryeons.

    A history of Harrenhal and the Greyjoys would be most welcomed ( AND perhaps
    a brief explanation of the Maejyors of Volantis, if they exist anyway ).

    Is there a history feature for the Red God ? Faceless Men ? Wargs and GreenSeers ?

  23. WildSeed
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer: The siege of Storm’s End narrated by Stephen Dillane would be epic.

    I agree, this would be quite splendid !

  24. Mormegil
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer: The siege of Storm’s End narrated by Stephen Dillane would be epic.

    Then we ate the Cats, though they tasted of chicken and then the Dogs which was a pity as I like Dogs, finally we were forced to eat the Penguins.

  25. WildSeed
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Toast,

    Thanks for these…….. and the bonus H G Wells too :D

  26. WildSeed
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Mormegil: Then we ate the Cats, though they tasted of chicken and then the Dogs which was a pity as I like Dogs, finally we were forced to eat the Penguins.

    Then Davos brought salt and onions………so much better tasting now :D

    Don’t forget the Lamprey Pie recipe and legend :D

  27. Zach Z
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I could see them doing a history about the “Rains of Castomere”. To explain the song to nonreaders to help build it up even more. Plus show what a bad ass Tywin was.

  28. Duval
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t there a history of the freefolk a few months ago?

  29. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    I loved these animated features in the first Blu Ray.

    Does anyone know why the season 2 Blu Ray isn’t coming to the UK till March ?

  30. Zach Z
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Duval,

    yes that is also going to be part of the season 2 bluray. so now we have seen 2 of the 19 beforehand.

  31. John W
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    FlayedManofBK,

    You’re right but I want more.

    I’m hoping one day in the distant future when the Song of Ice and Fire has been sung that GRRM will write about that time.

  32. mafthespartian13
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Zach Z,

    They have mentioned that in the lannister’s house history.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b-8Cp4J9F8

  33. Klavonivs
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    So happy to hear Roy Dotrice reading for ASOIAF again!! Listened to all the audio books while in the work van and he is a master at reading the books aloud (changing voices for different characters). I was a little upset when I didn’t hear his voice on AFFC, but was pleasantly surprised when he returned for ADWD…..If you haven’t listened to the audio book versions I highly suggest you do. It helps me refresh for every season:)

  34. Zack
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    And this is why I should watch special features more often. If they find clever ways to cram backstory into the extras that they don’t have time for in the show, that’s always a good idea.

  35. Kell
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed:
    Hmm….. always knew those Alchemists favored those Targaryeons.

    A history of Harrenhal and the Greyjoys would be most welcomed( AND perhaps
    a brief explanation of the Maejyors of Volantis, if they exist anyway ).

    Is there a history feature for the Red God ? Faceless Men ? Wargs and GreenSeers ?

    Well, you could read the books and then the Egg&Dunk novellas. That’ll cover pretty much all the story about the Red God, the Faceless Men, Wargs and Greenseers :-)

    Spoilers ahead (Up to AFFC (season 5)) :
    As for the animated series… you’ll probably have to wait for next seasons. We had almost nothing about Wargs for now on the show, but in seasons 3 and 4 Bran will start warging like hell, it’s possible that the DVDs will then show more details on warging. Same for the greenseers, you’ll have to wait for the apparition of Jojen to have more details on it on the series universe. The Faceless Men are probably coming in season 4 dvd when Arya will be badassing everythin (like always) on Braavos. And I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s probable that the a Red God featurette will be present in the season 2 blu-ray.

    More spoilers, now concerning ADWD (season 5 or 6)
    Concerning the Maegyrs of Volantis… Well if you’re thinking of this because Talisa is called Talisa Maegyr, I’m sorry to disappoint you.. First, in the books, she doesn’t exists. Robb’s wife is called Jeyne Westerling, she’s a westerosi noble women of the West. But she actually has a great-grandmother who comes from Essos and was a Maegi (Maggy the Frog) (Maegi =/= Maegyr, a Maegi is just some sort of witch… like Mirri Maz Duur who killed Khal Drogo in season 1) . But that’s all. Even their personalities are pretty much different. Jeyne is an annoying little brat in the books.
    Yet, there’s a character in the books that lives in Volantis and is called Maegyr. Malaquo Maegyr… and he’s actually one of the three rulers of the City. So Talisa maybe not just a simple noble… but pretty much a really important noble women daughter of one of the rulers in the Old and still powerful city-state of Volantis.
    But yeah… nothing she doesn’t exists in the books. And we will only get more details on Volantis when book 5 gets adapted.

  36. Tom O' Sevens
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone else notice Brandon Stark and Rickard Stark getting burned alive in this video by the mad king? That was sick

  37. Zul
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Mormegil: Then we ate the Cats, though they tasted of chicken and then the Dogs which was a pity as I like Dogs, finally we were forced to eat the Penguins.

    First went the cakes. then the strawberry trifle, then the lemon cakes, then the honey chicken kebabs, then the secret sherbet I kept hidden from Renly. We drank Robert’s stash because a drunk like him can always find more. Then came the dancing bear who made quite a nice roast until we realised there was nothing left. It got so bad we had to force ourselves to eat like commoners, eating stale bread and making fruit juice out of chalk. Then we ate the commoners. The horror of it all!

    We were f**ked from then on.

  38. Ren Snow
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    My guess is that we’ll get some Greyjoy history (maybe both a House Greyjoy history video and a Greyjoy Rebellion), also one on the Tyrells… perhaps something about the Siege of Storm’s End and on the Lord of Light and the Prince That Was Promised

  39. Ren Snow
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Kell: Well, you could read the books and then the Egg&Dunk novellas. That’ll cover pretty much all the story about the Red God, the Faceless Men, Wargs and Greenseers :-)

    Spoilers ahead (Up to AFFC (season 5)) :
    As for the animated series… you’ll probably have to wait for next seasons. We had almost nothing about Wargs for now on the show, but in seasons 3 and 4 Bran will start warging like hell, it’s possible that the DVDs will then show more details on warging. Same for the greenseers, you’ll have to wait for the apparition of Jojen to have more details on it on the series universe. The Faceless Men are probably coming in season 4 dvd when Arya will be badassing everythin (like always) on Braavos. And I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s probable that the a Red God featurette will be present in the season 2 blu-ray.

    More spoilers, now concerning ADWD (season 5 or 6)
    Concerning the Maegyrs of Volantis… Well if you’re thinking of this because Talisa is called Talisa Maegyr, I’m sorry to disappoint you.. First, in the books, she doesn’t exists. Robb’s wife is called Jeyne Westerling, she’s a westerosi noble women of the West. But she actually has a great-grandmother who comes from Essos and was a Maegi (Maggy the Frog) (Maegi =/= Maegyr, a Maegi is just some sort of witch… like Mirri Maz Duur who killed Khal Drogo in season 1) . But that’s all. Even their personalities are pretty much different. Jeyne is an annoying little brat in the books.
    Yet, there’s a character in the books that lives in Volantis and is called Maegyr. Malaquo Maegyr… and he’s actually one of the three rulers of the City. So Talisa maybe not just a simple noble… but pretty much a really important noble women daughter of one of the rulers in the Old and still powerful city-state of Volantis.
    But yeah… nothing she doesn’t exists in the books. And we will only get more details on Volantis when book 5 gets adapted.

    Actually, the Maegyrs are a Volantene family… in A Dance With Dragons a Triarch called Malaquo Maegyr is mentioned

  40. lord snow
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    can any one make subtitle for this video? my english language listening is bad and i need subtitle!

  41. Independent George
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Nice foreshadowing. Much like S1′s history of House Lannister set the stage for The Rains of Castamere in S2, I think this more or less confirms that Jaime’s confession will be in S3.

  42. sCor
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    I love the animated histories. Since the books have so much background information, that you could not possibly fit into the show, this is just perfect.

  43. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    I have friends in from out of town and I just showed them the 1st season on Blu-ray, plus all the special features, and I’ve got to say, those history shorts are all really well done. Can’t wait for S2. My friends are hooked, btw.

  44. Matt
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    I can only presume that the histories will be related to the characters featured most, or new characters. So there will probably be some relating to:

    Melisandre (Asshai, Lord of Light)
    Stannis (History of Dragonstone, Storm’s End)
    Harrenhal
    Greyjoy Rebellion
    Beyond the wall, stuff about the fist of the first men, Crastor
    Quarth, Red Waste, HotU, Warlocks

  45. MATTHEW
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    I love Roy Dotrice!!!! His readings of the audiobook versions of AGOT, ACOK and ASOS are absolute classics, and I never get tired of them.

  46. MATTHEW
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Watson:
    I still want to know why Davos knew what wildfire looked like.

    Oh well, this seems like good stuff.

    Davos has been around the block and drunk with all kinds of men. He’s probably talked to people who were around in the Mad King’s day and saw the substance burn people alive, so he knew exactly what it looked like, even if he never saw it first hand.

  47. bain
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    The rat cook story would make my day

  48. Gorrean
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Zul: First went the cakes. then the strawberry trifle, then the lemon cakes, then the honey chicken kebabs, then the secret sherbet I kept hidden from Renly. We drank Robert’s stash because a drunk like him can always find more. Then came the dancing bear who made quite a nice roast until we realised there was nothing left. It got so bad we had to force ourselves to eat like commoners, eating stale bread and making fruit juice out of chalk.Then we ate the commoners. The horror of it all!

    We were f**ked from then on.

    Laughing by myself while having lunch!!

  49. Bro without Banner
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Ive ordered mine from Amazon and its due to arrive on the 19th Feb sir

    Al Swearengen:
    I loved these animated features in the first Blu Ray.

    Does anyone know why the season 2 Blu Ray isn’t coming to the UK till March ?

  50. Bart McEndree
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    How about the history of John Snow’s mother next.

  51. Tom O' Sevens
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Independent George:
    Nice foreshadowing. Much like S1′s history of House Lannister set the stage for The Rains of Castamere in S2, I think this more or less confirms that Jaime’s confession will be in S3.

    Independent George:
    Nice foreshadowing. Much like S1′s history of House Lannister set the stage for The Rains of Castamere in S2, I think this more or less confirms that Jaime’s confession will be in S3.

    What do you mean by Jaime’s confession?. The only confession I know of is the one he made to Tyrion when he was helping him escape from Kings Landing

  52. The Anchoress
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Aw, nice! As someone who never had the pleasure of listening to the audiobooks, I can hear just from this why it is Roy Dotrice is such a Boss.

    Features on Harranhal and the Greyjoy Rebellion are definite musts as well, preferably narrated by Maisie and Patrick Malahide. Roll on, 2/19!

  53. Tenesmus
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I just heard that HBO will be doing a GOT promo during the Superbowl. I wonder if it will be the trailer we have been waiting for?

  54. serum
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Tenesmus,

    That would be wicked smart on HBOs part considering how many people will be watching!

  55. Abyss
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Off-Topic:
    Maisie Williams is involved in a new project, apparently. I wonder if the name of the production company is a reference to Game of Thrones. – Probably not, but it is an interesting coincidence.

  56. Rygar
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    The History of Ros’ boobs.

  57. Alan
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    serum:
    Tenesmus,

    That would be wicked smart on HBOs part considering how many people will be watching!

    It’s a departure from their normal SOP both in that they tend to run seasonal promos (Here’s our spring lineup!) and they don’t generally run untargeted promos — you don’t really see them spending millions on it to reach a general audience, which is what the Super Bowl is.

    If true, it shows they really think the show could be enormous — a Sopranos level of appeal. But I’m skeptical.

  58. WildSeed
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Kell,

    Umm….. Thanks. I read all the Dunk & Egg novellas, loved the insights gained
    about the Targaryeon ancestry and various Sigils. Aside from Bloodraven,
    Greenseer and Warg facts were FEW. I gained more insight from watching the
    Animated History Shorts, such as these ones featured in this subject post.

    The comment about about Talisa was really ” tongue in cheek “, as she only
    exists in the GoT series. Perhaps I should have included Roz, then you’d
    realise the jest (?). Volantis, on the other hand, is real in the ASOIAF universe.
    I did not however, equate Maggie the Frog with Maegi, nor Talisa Maegyr,
    but hey, you read that somewhere, right ? So far the only fact I’m aware of,
    regarding Talisa , is her authentic Volantene last name. At least the
    script writers included that and proved a nice touch of authenticity. Do
    you have a handy reference for Roz too ?

    In the series, Mirri Maz Duur plays the role of a Maegi, that I’m aware of,
    but I would not doubt there’s more information out there…….

  59. WildSeed
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Ren Snow: Actually, the Maegyrs are a Volantene family… in A Dance With Dragons a Triarch called Malaquo Maegyr is mentioned

      

    Thanks for the reminder…….I’d forgotten Malaquo’s last name.
    All this talk about Essos and Volantes has me pinning for TWOW ):

  60. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Tenesmus,

    I seriously doubt this. I’d rather HBO put the 3+ million dollars into the production of the show.

  61. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Tom O’ Sevens,

    In the animated video Hallyne(Dotrice) mentions all of the pyromancers that went missing after the city was taken. As book readers know, Jaime killed them to prevent them from following through with Aerys’ plan to burn down the city. Jaime reveals this info to Brienne in the bathtub scene from ASOS.

  62. Lazlo Woodbine
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t even know such things existed! Shame I don’t have a Blu-Ray player.

  63. PeterD
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Abyss:
    Off-Topic:
    Maisie Williams is involved in a new project, apparently. I wonder if the name of the production company is a reference to Game of Thrones. – Probably not, but it is an interesting coincidence.

    Cat and Weasel, Wolfheart Productions? Protecting a wounded Crow? Supported by Arri Media? (Yes, I know, that last is a very real and very big name in cinematic production but I couldn’t resist). Nope. No coincidence there :D

  64. Abyss
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    PeterD,

    Mh, I think you are right, there are just to many similarities. Didn’t saw all the other things. I guess we will only know for shure if we buy them a drink.^^

    Why Cat and Weasel? Buy us a drink and we might tell you…

  65. Ceri
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Nice! Though I wish the blu-ray didn’t cost $60-70 over here. Guess I’ll just have to settle for seeing the bonus features on youtube after release. :(

  66. shadallion
    Posted January 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Summerhall, LOL

  1. [...] Though sacramental to many fans of George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire it is a simple fact that many Game of Thrones viewers are a bit behind when it comes to the deep and rich history of Westeros.  There just isn’t time to portray every nugget of juicy history no matter how awesome or dragon-filled it might be.  But HBO once again has you covered with the animated history of Westeros to be included in the Game of Thrones season 2 DVD and Blu-Ray set coming this spring.  Here’s a little taste from the sers over at Winter is Coming: [...]

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