Join production designer Deborah Riley & producer Bernie Caulfield and learn how the world of Game of Thrones was created

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If you have stared agape at the wondrous environments of Game of Thrones in the last few years, you have production designer Deborah Riley to thank for that. Riley replaced Gemma Jackson for season four and she has been bringing us some of the most impressive production design on TV ever since. For a behind-the-scenes look at the magic behind Riley and her army of craftspeople, you will soon be able to join her, alongside executive producer Bernadette Caulfield, in the Smithsonian!

As the woman responsible for creating the environment against which our favorite saga plays out, Riley draws on a mix of historical periods, styles, and cultural traditions, just like the show’s characters and plots reflect a range of world mythologies and legendary archetypes. Even the shooting locations, from Iceland to Croatia, add to that global mix.

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In conversation with Alyssa Rosenberg, opinion writer at the Washington Post, Riley and Caulfield will discuss the show’s distinctive visual style and offer behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the series, on Monday, April 1 at 6:45 PM, a mere few weeks before the season eight premiere, at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center. After the main event, you may also partake in the evening program, featuring a beer tasting with Game of Thrones beers from Ommegang Brewery, including the newest in the line.

You can get your tickets here!


  1. All hail the queen Deborah Riley. Long may she work.

    I think she’s one of the best out there. Got have one of the best environments in shows out there. Hopefully she’s working on the prequels.

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