Monday Roundup: A Story in VFX; NYC Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere sweepstakes; and Bellagio Fountains show

Bellagio Game of Thrones Season 8 Fountains Show

In today’s roundup, the VFX department of Game of Thrones shows off their work throughout the years; instructions are provided for a chance to attend the New York City Season 8 premiere this April 3; the cast proves to be awful at Aussie slang; and the Fountains at the Bellagio give us a spectacle of ice (well, water) and fire.

Making Game of Thrones has a new “Inside Game of Thrones” chapter going through the entire history of the show from a single department’s perspective, in this case the VFX crew. As always with VFX reels, it’s amazing to see all the work they do:

Remember the “mixed reality experience” we reported on, with a chance to actually attend the New York City Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere this Wednesday, April 3? That chance is tomorrow! To participate in the Dragon Wagon Sweepstakes, you’ll have to head to the AT&T Boston Flagship Store at 699 Boylston tomorrow, April 2. This incredible opportunity, for adults only, will end at 5:59PM, local time!

Also, you can now a enter the Game of Thrones Final Season Sweepstakes for a chance to win a final season prize pack or one of ten exclusive mystery Funko Pop! figures.

Meanwhile, Ozzy Man is up to his usual shenanigans, this time during the press junket interviews. You’ll get no season eight spoilers or even teasers here, but as always it’s fun to see Ozzy Man quiz the cast about Australian slang, featuring Isaac Hampstead Wright, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Kristofer Hivju (who is especially hilarious here), Jerome Flynn, Jacob Anderson, and Joe Dempsie:

Last but definitely not least (if you are fond of impressive spectacles,) you may recall yesterday we told you about the special Game of Thrones show that was about to begin and run until April 13 at the Fountains of the famous Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel. The first show took place and it’s even more impressive than one might have imagined:

Associated Press reveals this amazing spectacle of water and actual fire was aided by Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, who created a special score that “along with the dancing water aimed to capture the excitement” of the show.

“The Bellagio fountain is iconic. It’s known around the world, and so is Game of Thrones,” the composer tells AP. “So, I think putting them together and seeing the music choreographed to a fountain like that is quite the spectacle. I think it will get everybody really pumped for this final season coming up.”

“I got goose bumps when I saw this,” Djawadi tells KTNV. “It was just epic to see it played out here at the Bellagio. It was unbelievable to experience it.”


  1. Jack Bauer 24:

    1 more day until the Red Carpet and 12 days until premiere!

    Ackkkkkk! Too soon!
    Still trying to burrow out of eleventh hour hype overload!

  2. OMG that Bellagio presentation was amazing! I got goosebumps watching it just like Djawadi, I wish they had it longer as I’m only going there in the beginning of May.

  3. So sad, I’ll be in NYC next week!

    I enjoyed that Bellagio fountain show more than I thought I would.

    Oh man I love Ozzy Man! I can’t wait for his reviews again. I’m looking forward to that and Axechucker’s Twitter roundups. I would also include JvN but I think he’ll be too busy to do his GoT recaps. I love how Isaac seemed genuinely excited about the Pizza Shapes hahaha. Gwen and Nikolaj seemed like a married couple which is adorable and I love how Ozzy was basically letting Kristofer win points just because of how creative he was with his answers. 😂😂

  4. Dark Sister,

    “Gwen and Nikolaj seemed like a married couple which is adorable…”
    That was my reaction! They are so comfortable with and complementary of each other.

  5. From the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, by special engagement…

    Ol’ Blue Eyes is Back!

  6. I was kinda expecting to be more impressed by the Bellagio fountain thingy (I don’t know what). It probably was very cool to be there though!

  7. firstone:
    Episode 1 title and theme should be posted soon…

    Would think it should be announced by Wednesday. The first 3 episode titles for Season 7 were revealed on July 8th, 2017. That was 4 days before the red carpet (July 12th) and 8 days before the July 16th premiere.

    So we’re pretty much in that territory. The red carpet was a little closer to the premeire last season (4 days out) compared to the 11 days this season.

    They’ve been more guarded this time around though so who knows.

  8. Jack Bauer 24,

    good info Ser –
    I remember last year I was wondering if there was going to be a red carpet premier because it was so close to the HBO premiere and it wasn’t streamed on facebook like season 6 was …. #forthethrone

  9. HBO OnDemand S8E1 Description:

    The depiction of TWO powerful families – KINGS and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men – playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne.

  10. Wow that visual effects video really struck it home for me how great a job that team does. Everything just feels so real on the show that I don’t recognise the special fx for what they are the majority of the time.

  11. Just watche the Ozzie man interviews, he’s very unique in his style but not sure I agree that we have plenty of time for a re-watch before the premiere! I started less than two weeks ago and I’m only now approaching the end of S3!

  12. Jon Snowed:
    Just watche the Ozzie man interviews, he’s very unique in his style but not sure I agree that we have plenty of time for a re-watch before the premiere!I started less than two weeks ago and I’m only now approaching the end of S3!

    HBO2 will be airing all 7 seasons the week leading up to the premiere. If you have time to binge watch then you should be good to go. I’ll probably miss some of it because of work, but I’m going to try to make a point and watch as much as I can.

  13. Thanks Mr Derp, I live in the UK so we don’t have HBO but instead we get Sky Atlantic which shows programmes from the different American networks. At the moment this has all seasons available to watch at anytime plus other content.

    The challenge I have is juggling watching with work and family commitments, I’ve been watching 2-3 episodes per day and I should finish season 3 today. I’ll probably get up to end of S5 by the premiere it’s no major issue but would be nice to watch the Dragon and the Wolf just before the S8 premiere.

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