On December 12, HBO will release the latest season of Game of Thrones on Blu-ray, and it’s coming with some solid extras.
The seventh season of the hit HBO show saw a much-quickened pace, some weak dialogue, and the throw-away deaths of several characters, all done for the purpose of more quickly moving along the plot. After all, they have only one more season to cram everything in. All that said, this season was actually a favorite for many because it provided something that this show has always been stingy to deliver – fan service. Say what you will about the change in tone and pacing, but boy oh boy did season seven deliver on memorable moments. From reuniting the Stark kids and the demise of Littlefinger to the parlay meeting in King’s Landing that proved to be a wedge between the Lannister twins to the crumbling off the wall; this season was pretty much non-stop adrenaline rushes in between instances of Jon Snow-related miracles.
Here’s a look at what you can expect to find in addition to the show itself;
Blu-ray™ & DVD Exclusive Bonus Features Include:
- Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms- From the Game of Thrones realm comes the never-before-seen story of the tumultuous events that shaped the world of Westeros for thousands of years before the series start. Cast members Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), Conleth Hill (Varys), Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) team up to narrate the animated telling of Aegon Targaryen’s attempts to conquer the Seven Kingdoms, written by show writer Dave Hill.
- From Imagination to Reality: Inside the Art Department- Extensive two-part featurette detailing the astonishing work of Production Designer Deborah Riley and her Art Department, dissecting the process behind the creation of this season’s incredible new sets, including Dragonstone, Casterly Rock, Highgarden, the Dragonpit, and more.
- Fire & Steel: Creating the Invasion of Westeros- Revisit this season’s most pivotal moments with this behind-the-scenes featurette, including interviews with key cast and crew breaking down how fans’ favorite moments were created.
- Audio Commentaries- Commentaries on every episode with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Jacob Anderson, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, and more.
Blu-ray™ Exclusive Bonus Features Include:
- Histories and Lore- 7 new animated pieces that give the history and background of notable season 7 locations and storylines including The Dragonpit, Highgarden, Prophecies of the Known World, the Rains of Castamere and more all narrated by cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen and more.
- In-Episode Guides– In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters and locations.
Digital Download Exclusive Bonus Features Include:
- Creating the North and Beyond– Behind-the-scenes featurette delving into the massive undertaking of creating and filming the battle in Episode 6 of Season 7.
Aside from the extras, HBO always releases top-notch quality discs, picture and sound being paramount. And the Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms disc, which we talked about before, is a really cool and interesting 45 minutes for anyone who is a really big GoT fan.
Additionally, HBO is also releasing a box set that includes the first seven seasons altogether, also coming out on December 12, though you can pre-order it now.
This will have to be enough to tide us over during the long wait for the eighth and final season.