Game of Thrones, The Touring Exhibition


The exhibition Game of Thrones, The Touring Exhibition is launched in Paris as a consolation for the fans of Game of Thrones as they anxiously anticipate the grand return of the eighth and final season of the ultra-popular HBO series, expected in April 2019.

Open until September 2, the traveling show is the result of an agreement last summer between HBO and organizer GES Events and spread over 2,000 square meters at the Exhibition Park of the Porte de Versailles.

Coming from Barcelona, the exhibition on the Kingdom of the Seven Crowns combines many features including many of the sumptuous costumes, settings, props, statues, videos, sounds and even smells specific to the territories crossed, (including the smell of leather and sweat).

The combination of lights, multimedia and interactive content helps visitors "travel" to the mythical lands of Westeros and Essos through 10 scenes, among them the Antechamber, the Table of Cards, the Royal Road, the Real Port, the Targaryen room, White Walkers, the Temple of the Faceless with the god Multiface and Daenerys with the Immaculate.

Lent by HBO and the producers of the series, the exhibition includes swords, dragon eggs, the armor of the Immaculate, jewels, and other flagship elements of the series such as the crown of Joffrey Baratheon, the gigantic dragon head and the mythical wall of faces, where the visitor can appear for a few seconds for photos, the leather dress worn by Cersei Lannister while ascending the throne, Jon Snowet's steel sword, the king of the night's costume, Sansa Stark's necklace and Margaery Tyrell's wedding dress.

Although the exhibition includes a few other active elements including the chance to climb the North Wall of ice watched by the Night Watch and to sit on the mythical iron throne which closes the visit, the show has been criticized by French reviewers for its "global lack of interactivity", and a general "lack of explanations about the show and of the materials used for accessories".

"One concludes that the swords are largely made of plastic and that the iron throne, forged with the fire of the dragons of the enemies of Aegon the Conqueror, is in fact an assembly of plastics and of foam", the Sciences et Avenir reviewer complains.