Target has sneak peek at animated history, “Battle of Qohor”
By Winter Is Coming on in Merchandise.

Battle of Qohor animated history

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season is coming in two weeks. But today you can get an early look at one of the animated histories on the set, courtesy of Target.com.

The animated history that Target is previewing is the Battle of Qohor, an epic battle between Dothraki and Unsullied, as told by Jorah Mormont. Check it out at Target’s website.

Winter Is Coming: Love these things. The animation style is great. And I could listen to Iain Glen read the phone book.


47 Comments

  1. COTC
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Hodor

  2. FNF
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Nice, very nice. I like how their emphasising the strengths of the Unsullied so that the metaphorical Unsullied know how bad-ass they can be and why they are famed in Essos.

  3. dragonreborn
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I read it battle of hodor!!
    by the way WiC, every time I try to access this site (this means several times a day) I have to enter a captcha. why is that?

  4. Bui Huu Duyet
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    “Eighteen times the horselord charged. And eighteen times the Unsullied locked their shields, lowed their spears and held the line against twenty thousand Dothraki screamers.”

    Note that the Second Sons stood with the Qohorik.

  5. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    dragonreborn:
    I read it battle of hodor!!
    by the way WiC, every time I try to access this site (this means several times a day) I have to enter a captcha. why is that?

    Really? I think that might be a problem with your system. Nothing like that is coming from the site, AFAIK.

  6. Shmofo
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure if this battle emphasises the strengths of the Unsullied, for me it emphasises the incredible dumbness of Dothraki. 18 times they charged, while all it was needed was to ride closer and kill the unarmored Unsullied with arrows at short range, one by one, until the last one.

    The mounted steppe nomads from real world were never that dumb, oh wait, maybe they did exist in our history, but due to their brain-dead battle strategy didn’t make it even as a footnote in a history book of mounted nomad warriors.

  7. oracle86
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I’m really surprised that you guys haven’t even mentioned Jonathan Freeman till now. He recently won the ASC award for best cinematography in one hour episodic television series for his work on “Valar Dohaeris”.

    http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/asc-award-winners-2014-american-society-of-cinematographers-awards/

  8. azad injejikian
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    2 Weeks! :)

  9. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Shmofo,

    Yes. The Dothraki (including their khalasars from the Dothraki Sea and Denver locations) definitely suck at big battles.

  10. Pau Soriano
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Talking about the Bluray now is $40 at Amazon, I remember getting it for $30 last year at Amazon the day it came out, does anyone remember if it was also $40 two weeks before it’s release?

  11. A-Gone
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    COUNTDOWN ???

  12. Atomix
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    that was excellent

  13. Lord Davos
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Great animation

  14. Shmofo
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard:
    Shmofo,

    Yes. The Dothraki (including their khalasars from the Dothraki Sea and Denver locations) definitely suck at big battles.

    I’m from Europe, that’s where the REAL football is played, but in this globalization era even I am not unsullied enough to not get the Denver joke. On topic, they don’t really suck only at big battles, in the way they are “designed” they would suck at any battle which is not a wedding. They are only good at battles that involve fighting among themselves.

  15. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    A-Gone,

    There could be a whole separate frame within the WiC.net template that is dedicated to various countdowns, including:

    1) Countdown to S4, ep1
    2) Countdown to S3 DvD/Bluray release
    3) Countdown to next trailer/behind the scenes
    4) Countdown to the next Oz post
    5) Countdown to TWoW (but that clock never seems to advance…)

  16. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: Really? I think that might be a problem with your system. Nothing like that is coming from the site, AFAIK.

    I take it back, this was a technical glitch that should hopefully be ironed out now. If any one continues to experience it, let us know.

  17. gisizzlah
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    A-Gone:
    COUNTDOWN ???

    Yea WIC… haven’t seen a countdown clock for S4 premiere either… whats that all about?…

  18. A-Gone
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    Who ever cared about any of those except the first ?
    Before season 2 and 3 there was a countdown to the season’s first episode in the right upper side.
    I like that tradition, now we know the date, I WANT THAT BACK.

    START THE COUNTDOWN !!!

  19. Veltigar
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    These animated histories are amazing. Ian Glenn has a magnificent voice (he apparantly read tPatQ in Dangerous Woman).

    Also the battle of Qohor was awesome. I feel they even gave us some new information Dothraki fear only defeat and dragons? That bides well for Dany & Drogon’s cruise on the Sea of Dothrak. SHe’ll go to Vaes Dothrak and make those fuckers bend!

    Although they are overhyping both the Dothraki and the Unsullied. Westerosi knights would wipe their armored asses with them.

    For the best hope I have for Mads Mikkelsen as Euron. O, do not wish one other!
    Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach for Mads as Euron,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man’s company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.

  20. Barista Selmy
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Iain Glen also reads the audiobook for GRRM’s scifi novel “Dying of the Light”.

  21. Ashara D
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    That’s the first of the histories series that I have seen. So cool! Can’t wait to get my BR player working and my disks in the mail!

    Thanks, Target and WiC!

    I have to agree with the others. It would be gratifying to watch the time tick away on a countdown clock…please?

  22. The Dragon Demands
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Question: the video says there were 20,000 Dothraki….weren’t there 50,000 Dothraki in the books?

    Has this been revised by World of Ice and Fire, perhaps?

    Also, while they don’t mention the Second Sons by name, you can recognize their broken-sword banner. The other mercenary company was the Bright Banners but they’ve only been mentioned in relation to the Battle of Qohor – no other information at all and they might no longer exist four hundred years later.

    ***Overall, the artwork improves every season. Season 1 had evocative charcoal drawings, Season 2 used full color and occasionally sliding images around to give the impression of movement (with bits of basic CGI here and there when showing maps). Now, the color artwork is even better, and they plan it out with enough movement that it’s practically a motion comic.

    The one thing I regret is that we didn’t get a load of new book information from this featurette, that is, confirmed for the TV continuity (while in other featurettes I jumped when they explained “this is who King Maegor was” etc.)…..on the other hand, it does provide *all* of the book information about the Battle of Qohor, so it’s not as if they left anything out.

  23. Jéssica De Freitas Maciel
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I love these animations, I think they are helpful for both book readers and non-book readers, also, Iain Glen has an amazingly strong and clear voice

  24. K26dp
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Barista Selmy:
    Iain Glen also reads the audiobook for GRRM’s scifi novel “Dying of the Light”.

    Barista Selmy,

    And he does a splendid job. So does Ron Donachie for Fevre Dream.

  25. IainGlen4everwoo!
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Love the quote about Iain Glen, I too agree he could read the phone book. Can’t wait for season 3 on blu ray and season 4 can’t come soon enough.

  26. Turncloak
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see House Bolton

  27. KG
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Shmofo,

    Silly! You don’t play football. You play “European Lawn-Diving.”

  28. bon
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    What a shame it is not in 3d…

  29. ohthehumidity
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    KG,
    I think the official terms are divegrass and handegg.

  30. Sister Wrister
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard:
    Shmofo,

    Yes. The Dothraki (including their khalasars from the Dothraki Sea and Denver locations) definitely suck at big battles.

    Oh damn! You sound a little bitter ;)

    That was awesome. Can’t wait for the blue rays.

  31. Durrendon's Fool
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Why do they have Iain Glen pronounce it ‘kwohor’?

    I thought the guy that writes the languages for GoT said D & D went with ‘valankar’ over ‘valankwar’, or am I getting mixed up?

  32. KG
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    ohthehumidity,

    That also works ;)

  33. Alex Tep 22
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Anyone knows if Season 3 Blu-Ray will come with houses cover?? I have Season 1 and 2 with Targaryen and Lannister and I want to keep up with the tradition instead of buying the Dragon cover. Thanks.

  34. Morgan
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Alex Tep 22,

    You can get Stark, Lannister, or Targaryen covers if you pre-order from Best Buy.

  35. Patchy Face
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Alex Tep 22,

    If you order from Target – only house you don’t have is Stark (they have Targ, Stark & Lannister)

  36. Turncloak
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m on the fence between getting the Lannister or Targaryen cover. I guess we are more likely to see the Targaryen cover show up again in a future season so I’ll probably get Lannister. I really hope they don’t screw us over from getting a Stannis or Martell cover for season 4. I might rage on the facebook voters LOL

  37. Chickenduck
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Durrendon’s Fool:
    Why do they haveIain Glen pronounce it ‘kwohor’?

    I thought the guy that writes the languages for GoT said D & D went with ‘valankar’ over ‘valankwar’, or am I getting mixed up?

    Correct, Valonqar with “k”, not “kw” was the decision. Same as the joke when Dany said Kwarth by mistake.

    I presume it’s just a mistake on Iain Glen’s part that no one’s picked up. D&D and DJP probably don’t directly vet the history clips.

    Easy retcon, just say he was pronouncing it as per Qogorik dialect instead of HV ;) This was officially the hand wave for when Oona Chaplin made up a Volantene word for “yes”.

  38. Katia
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Very impressive graphics and animations.

  39. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Durrendon’s Fool,

    Chickenduck,

    It’s odd though, because he definitely said in episode 104 “I must ride to “ko-hor”, after Irri reveals Dany’s pregnancy to him and Rakharo. Then again, that was filmed over 3 years ago, so the slip is understandable. Maybe the director thought if it was to be pronounced “ko-hor”, then it should start with a k and not a q.

    The Free Cities are full of pronunciations that may or may not be wrong. In his cameo in the RPG game, GRRM called his glasses “My-er-ish” lenses, yet we know Thoros as being from “Me-er”, and it was frequently pronounced as “Mur”, like the substance during the audiobook narrations.

  40. Chickenduck
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    The pronunciations and canonicity thereof are a part of the adaptation I find really interesting. How many different pronunciations of Tyrell are there on the show? Tirrel, Ti-Rell, Ty-rell…

    GRRM’s own pronunciations are quite random sometimes. Like, he pronounces “Dothraki” as Dothrak-eye. But he has said he doesn’t mind how readers pronounce things in their heads.

    GRRM’s pretty guilty of the stereotypical “weird fantasy name” trope, for example putting random Qs in words to make them look “exotic” (Qyburn, Qohor, Qarth, even Jaqen)…

    Also, in the audiobooks Ray Dotrice says a lot of things differently to how they’re “officially” pronounced in show canon. Like Pee-Tire for Petyr Baelish.

    Regarding Ian Glen, I still reckon he probably just made a mistake on this one. It happens sometimes. Another moment with Glen was, in S2E10, a translation either went missing, or the writers forgot to ask for it or something, so Glen just made up some Dothraki. DJP then had to make up what the words could mean retrospectively… But apparently Glen did a pretty good job on that because he’d used enough Dothraki to know what sounded right-ish.

    What also occasionally happens is that they might get DJP to write Valyrian dialog, then somewhere in editing, a scene gets spliced with a few words missing and the dialog actually doesn’t make sense (although only about 6 humans on Earth would notice!)

    For the record, DJP rates the best Valyrian speaker on the show as being the guy who plays Grey Worm. Which is good as all his lines are in the language. I think I remember him saying Amrita Acharia (Irri) spoke the best Dothraki on-screen.

  41. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Chickenduck,

    I loved this bit of insight. I’m quite bummed about Tyrell, because they have whole scenes in which Cersei and Tyrion pronounce it this way, Tywin pronounces it another. However, I’m such a TV-show voice purist, when I read the lines in the books, I deliberately make sure sometimes I’m saying “Tih-rell” and other times “Tie-rell”.

    It’s like when the number of soliders in a particular changes from one viewpoint to the next, or when Sansa thinks Joffrey’s old sword was called “Lion’s Paw”. These are both deliberate mistakes, even though there are some real ones here and there (Renly’s eyes or a horse which changes sex being the examples he always likes to bring up).

    Do you think they might add a few choice words of Braavosi or the Old Tongue to this season to prepare audiences for Arya’s next arc or Wun Wun (if they keep him in the show of course)? Well, Styr already speaks the Old Tongue anyway, so maybe it’s been prepared already. The one I’m most looking forward too though, is True Tongue, that I imagine sounding like multi-layered vocals on a Queen song.

  42. Chickenduck
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic:
    Chickenduck,

    Do you think they might add a few choice words of Braavosi or the Old Tongue to this season to prepare audiences for Arya’s next arc or Wun Wun (if they keep him in the show of course)? Well, Styr already speaks the Old Tongue anyway, so maybe it’s been prepared already. The one I’m most looking forward too though, is True Tongue, that I imagine sounding like multi-layered vocals on a Queen song.

    We’ve hassled DJP about the Old Tongue in the comments on his blog.

    He’s pretty good at keeping to his confidentiality agreement, so not sure. I’m guessing we will see some Old Tongue as he’s avoided directly answering questions about it.

    Braavosi though, I don’t think we’ll hear in S4. He said he hasn’t been asked to do any Free Cities languages yet – the only Low Valyrian he’s created so far is Astapori.

    He also said he would really like to create a Valyrian writing system with the glyphs GRRM mentions, but hasn’t been asked to do so by the show (yet).

  43. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Chickenduck: Braavosi though, I don’t think we’ll hear in S4. He said he hasn’t been asked to do any Free Cities languages yet – the only Low Valyrian he’s created so far is Astapori.

    I only had that thought because (given where Stannis has found himself), the Iron Bankers may converse in Braavosi when they want to keep their motivations hidden. I imagine it as being chopped together from multiple dialects, as Braavos was founded by slaves from all over Essos. Maybe a mix of Greek, Latin and Turkish (no idea really). It’s not worth getting into Braavosi until it adds to the atmosphere, and George never came up with a “Valar Morghulis/Dohaeris” just for them.

  44. Chickenduck
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    That would be cool, although they wouldn’t get him to mock up the whole new language just for one scene… When they introduced Dothraki in S1 it was used pretty heavily, ditto for Valyrian last season. But I reckon there’s good chance we maybe see it in S5 when Arya’s training in Braavos.

    For what it’s worth, he’s said he’s pretty busy working on “something”. So if it’s not Braavosi, I’d be guessing Old Tongue.

    Or… maybe something in the Children of The Forest storyline, seeing as they’ve cast Octavia Alexandru.

    Another footnote I found interesting – he actually created some White Walker dialog for the pilot which was never used (it was replaced with a crackling ice sound). He confirmed this on his blog at some point, it had created a bit of discussion as he’d been credited with creating the language “Skroth” in the credits somewhere and people couldn’t work out what that was.

  45. Icebird
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    THIS sequence of events is the #1 reason I’m glad for the Histories & Lore on the Blu Rays. The Battle of Qohor history in A Storm of Swords was a favorite part of the book for me but not a great fit for the main series.

    WIC – anyone have a list of the various store exclusives yet? Your post last year helped me decide which store to get the blu ray from.

  46. Galen Firestone
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one reminded of the animated scenes from The Witcher 2 when I see these screens?

    Guess it’s kinda fitting with Charles Dance being announced for The Witcher 3′s cast.

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