HBO has just announced that its ultimate fan event is returning to the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con with Game of Thrones Experience The Realm. The Omni Hotel in San Diego will host this year’s experience, which boasts even more interactive features than it did in 2014. Fans will have a chance to step into the world of Westeros, and HBO NOW subscribers can win early VIP access. Dates and times are as followed:
- Thursday, July 9th through Saturday, July 11th — 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT
- Sunday, July 12th — 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT.
There are quite a few interesting attractions on tap. Among other things, fans will get to make like Arya Stark circa Season 1 and practice their water-dancing skills.
Paying homage to beloved character Arya Stark’s early days of sword training, the experience will feature an installation that is part sword-handling skill and part artistic process, to create a beautiful, graphic Game of Thrones-style self-portrait. Upon arrival, fans will have their portrait taken and step in front of a 10-foot projection screen on stage. There, they will use a replica of Arya’s wooden training sword to strike targets as they appear on screen. Upon completion fans will receive an artistic portrait made entirely of their sword strikes that is immediately shareable on their social networks as well as at #ExperienceTheRealm.
Attendees will also be able to create shareable animated GIFs of themselves being burned to ash by Dany’s dragons and being turned into a White Walker. Naturally, they will photo opportunities with such iconic props as the Iron Throne and the giant sword used by Gregor “The Mountain that Rides” Clegane. Limited edition T-Shirts designed by Beautiful Death artist Robert Ball will be available for purchase. There will be costume displays from Game of Thrones as well as a gallery of fan-created work taken from the Game of Thrones Compendium Book.
If you are an HBO NOW subscriber and plan on attending SDCC 2015, you may be able to snag an HBO NOW VIP pass, which will let you skip some of the lines. HBO will offer a select number of these to current and former subscribers starting today through July 3rd at noon EST. Visit ExperienceTheRealmSweeps.com for a chance to win.