Promo Roundup: Game of Thrones in San Francisco, SDCC, and Reddit!

San Francisco

Game of Thrones teaming up with Major League Baseball may have seemed like an odd way to promote season 7, but it’s turned out to be a pretty cool one. In addition to individual game-night promotions at ballparks across the country, we have a cameo this season from Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.  The San Francisco Giants have now one-upped the other MLB teams by creating this take on the famous GoT opening for their home city:


Usually Game of Thrones has a big presence at Comic Con but things are a little different this year, with the show premiering before SDCC. GoT will definitely be represented in toy form, that’s for sure. Conan O’Brien announced on his show Conan that he’s returning to SDCC this summer July 19th through the 23rd, and he’s got a set of limited edition set of Conan Pop! Funko figures, including White Walker Conan!

Tickets will be available for the shows starting today. Visit TeamCoco.com/comiccon!


Speaking of Comic Con exclusives, Factory Entertainment has announced a couple of them for SDCC this year.

Factory Entertainment SDCC Exclusives Game of Thrones

The first convention exclusive is the Game Of Thrones Dragon Plush Box Set, featuring the trio of Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion in 5″ plush form. This is a limited run of 1,000. ($35.00)

Tyrion Lannister would immensely approve of this exclusive. In fact, he’s probably building the functionality into his own pin when Daenerys isn’t looking. The Game Of Thrones Hand Of The Queen Bottle Opener is another limited run of 1,000, featuring heavy duty metal and displaying the same antique silver finish as Tyrion’s own Hand pin.  ($20.00)

The exclusives can be pre-ordered now and picked up at the Factory Entertainment convention booth # 2647, or you can have the items shipped to you, after July 23rd.


reddit game of thrones

HBO has gone all-out with the creative Game of Thrones promotions this year, even dipping their toes into the waters of Reddit! (I guess all is forgiven with the leaks, huh?) The company is presenting an official Game of Thrones Reddit Gift Exchange!

How does it work? Signups are open through June 26th, so signup fast if you’re interested. Reddit’s computer program chooses who send the gift to, and then you have until July 19th to send it! When you receive your own gift, you head on back to Reddit and post about it, ideally with pics and gratitude! Sounds like fun, right? If you have questions, check out the FAQ.

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    1. I love this show 🙂

      Full fledged marketing going on!!! Woo!

      I just finished season 5 as part of my rewatch (started in MARCH) — its taking so long to finish!!!!!!!!!!! I got side tracked with the NHL playoffs as my team went three rounds.

      Super excited and I have until july 7th to watch episodes 1-7 of season 6, because on that night were doing a little rewatch party (well a friend, my sister, and I) to watch the last three episodes of season 6 together. I CANNOT WAIT! love those episodes!

      Nobody asked, but I thought I would share anyway lol

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    2. I saw the Giants/GOT intro a few days ago and at first I cringed thinking it would be terrible but it was surprisingly good. I think there are some GOT fans on the Giants’ marketing team; there’s definitely a player that’s a big fan. Very happy my team made my city and GOT look good!

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    3. Father’s Day would have been a great day for my Padres to chime in and acknowledge all the great fathers in Westeros. Tywin, Stannis, Craster, Randyll, Walder… But again my Padres fly under the radar because they are content to eternally exist in the lowest level “black cells” of the Red Keep and feed their talented players to worthier teams with respectable payrolls.

      It’s like being a knight from a minor house. Sure we are invited to compete in tourneys but only because they need a scrub for The Mountain or Loras to unseat in the first tilt.

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    4. heh, have you seen the Giants? They look like a bunch of Wildlings! And not the well-groomed, reasonably well-behaved ones, either. Their right-fielder, Hunter Pence, basically looks like Tormund’s little brother that Wun Wun dropped on his head a few too many times…..

      Their relief pitching, as well all saw in Game 4 of the LDS last year, does not match the Wildlings for valour! 😀

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    5. BunBunStark,

      Jason Werth of the Washington Nationals has been using the Game of Thrones theme and the Rains of Castamere for his walk-up music for a while now. Of course, Werth looks less like a Wildling and more like a Wookie.

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    6. Making the 8,

      Nah, have you seen the Diamondbacks? We were kicked out of the Red Keep dungeons for being such imbeciles and tossed out to live in Flea Bottom….I saw them win the World Series, then like the Phx Suns management, managed to lose all their key players. sigh..

      BTW anyone going to the Con of Thrones? I’d love to read a play by play of the happenings there.

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    7. Jack Bauer 24:
      Only 23 days away. Crazy. Monday will be one year since the S6 finale!

      Today June 23rd 2017…. only 23 days away

      I hope HBO posts the name of Season 7th premiere episode title next Friday June 30th if not sooner

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    8. ash: I saw them win the World Series

      While I do feel for you and COMPLETELY understand your lack of faith in management, I may never be able to utter the words you just have. When the Dbacks won, that 1-2 punch of Johnson and Schilling was a beautiful thing though.

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    9. Dee Stark:
      firstone,

      “First of Her Name”

      Our lovely commenter Jared suggested that and I think it would be amazing!

      That’s a good one…

      My latest prediction is …. “The Chosen One” is it Daenery’s or is it Jon? or is it Cersei?

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    10. For what it’s worth, here a couple of predictions based on trailer #2 (spoiler-coded, though my success rate at GOT predictions currently stands at an abysmal 0%:

      A) Tyrion looks pensive if not nervous because he’s decided to ride one of the dragons. Little does he know that he’s going to have a hella lotta fun, and maybe even get to partake of some grilled sheep while he’s at it.

      B) In the “ambush scene,” Jaime is angrily riding hell for leather towards a dragon, perhaps knowing it’s a suicidal gesture, and before he can thrust that spear or banner pole into his winged foe, lo and behold Tyrion shouts down from atop the creature’s majestic neck, “Not having a successful morning I see, brother. Need a lift?”

      I also predict those Hand bottle openers will sell like Hot Pies, I mean hotcakes.

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    11. firstone: Today June 23rd 2017…. only 23 days away

      I hope HBO posts the name of Season 7th premiere episode title next Friday June 30th if not sooner

      Really weird we don’t have the premiere title or any news on a red carpet premiere yet. Sunday will be just 3 weeks out.

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    12. Wimsey

      Not much left for Drogon to torch. A once great house has fallen on hard times. Looks like a long Winter is ahead of them. October may be coming, but my Redbirds will be watching from the sidelines.

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    13. Jack Bauer 24: Really weird we don’t have the premiere title or any news on a red carpet premiere yet. Sunday will be just 3 weeks out.

      HBO released the season 6 first episode title The Red Woman 2 weeks before the season 6 premiere date. Next Friday is close to 2 weeks before season 7 premiere.

      There should be info on the Red Carpet season 7 premiere soon because that should happen about 2 weeks away from this Saturday or Sunday!!!!!!!

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    14. Wimsey,

      Hunter Pence is a huge GoT fan! He gave Madison Bumgarner a Hound helm, and the Giants’ giveaway on GoT night is going to be a bobblehead Pence sitting on a “House of Pence” Iron Throne.

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    15. ash,

      Lonely Cat is attending the Con. She hasn’t posted here for a while, presumably because she’s finishing her amazing Mel dress. 🙂

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    16. firstone: HBO released the season 6 first episode title The Red Woman 2 weeks before the season 6 premiere date. Next Friday is close to 2 weeks before season 7 premiere.

      There should be info on the Red Carpet season 7 premiere soon because that should happen about 2 weeks away from this Saturday or Sunday!!!!!!!

      Actually the red carpet should happen 1 week from Sunday. It’s usually 2 weeks before the premiere and Sunday is 3 weeks away.

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    17. So, there is no food or drink allowed on the Iron Throne at Nationals Ballpark. What would Robert Baratheon say to that?!?!

      Besides, think of what great cup holders the rusted swords would make….

      Seriously, this is a very interesting promotion, both by HBO and MLB. Baseball fans tend to be a little older (median age in the early 50’s) than are GoT fans (median age in the early 40’s, if I recall HBO’s numbers). I’m not sure if the average education level of baseball fans is as high as it is for HBO subscribers.

      Still, baseball does have the old gods and the new: “Batting average and RBI” vs. “OPB and Slugging”!

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    18. Tyrion Pimpslap: October may be coming, but my Redbirds will be watching from the sidelines.

      Hey, make the rubble bounce! 😀 (I’m a life long Cubs fan, myself. Perhaps you remember the good old days when your house and mine were united in hatred of House Metropolitans…..)

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    19. Jack Bauer 24: Actually the red carpet should happen 1 week from Sunday.It’s usually 2 weeks before the premiere and Sunday is 3 weeks away.

      Great …. There should be alot info happening next week.

      Facebook will probably post the Red Carpet Premiere event just like last year.

      The King and Queens should start showing up on the Late Night talk shows very soon!!!

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    20. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Reverse quoting Han Solo, I have a good feeling about this season, though I have no doubt several of my favorite characters will agonizingly kick the bucket. It comes with the territory.

      And thanks for the compliment. I always enjoy reading your comments, milady.

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    21. firstone,

      My latest prediction is …. “The Chosen One” is it Daenery’s or is it Jon? or is it Cersei?

      I have a question about that perhaps you could help me with: Is the show into the Chosen One/Azor Ahai that much? Because I don’t recall the show ever addressing that at all.

      If I were to pick the Chosen, it would be Varys, mainly because I like that guy and he’s earned it. But as I said earlier, my GOT prediction rate is 0%, which is actually much higher than my average for picking pennant winners, especially in my beloved American League. Go Red Sox! 😉

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    22. Wolfish:

      Melisandre thought Stannis was Azor Ahai reborn. Ten Bears and I have been having an epically tinfoily conversation about who it might be.

      It’ll be interesting to see how that red-cloaked gal atones for her many wrong decisions. But were they all wrong? I love how the show captures the ambiguity of the novels, especially since we ‘Mericans aren’t exactly big on ambiguity, at least since Poe and Melville.

      Tinfoilery is the new orange. 😉

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    23. Dee Stark:
      firstone,

      “First of Her Name”

      Our lovely commenter Jared suggested that and I think it would be amazing!

      Oh that’s a great title. It’s so good since it could refer to Cersei or Dany. Now I fear anything other than “First of Her Name” for episode 1 will pale in comparison.

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    24. Wolfish:
      ash,

      Lonely Cat is attending the Con. She hasn’t posted here for a while, presumably because she’s finishing her amazing Mel dress. 🙂

      Hi! Between rewatching and sewing, I can barely keep up with all the news! I finished Mel and Mance and am trying to finish the necklace plus sew the Cersei dress by Wednesday night!

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    25. Catspaw Assassin,

      Show!Melisandre used the term “Warrior of Light” instead of the books’ “Azor Ahai.” On occasion she called the Warrior of Light “the Lord’s Chosen.”

      I’m not so sure she conflated the “Warrior of Light” with “The Prince that [sic] Was Promised.” If she did, perhsps it was because she had mistakenly fixated on Stannis at first who was (I guess?) a Baratheon prince and a battle hardened warrior.

      I still think AA/WoL and TPTP are two different guys, whose legends could have overlapped and merged over time. (The illustrative hypothetical I once posed involved retelling the story of the Scottish heroes in “Braveheart” over thousands of years. Eventually, as historical fact transformed into legend, the roles of the fearless fighter William Wallace, and the prince he implored to “unite the clans”, Robert the Bruce, could merge together.)

      I’ve also noted (whined) that trying to reconcile books! prophecies with their differently-worded show counterparts makes my head explode.

      Based only on what’s been presented on the show, Jon Snow is the best candidate for “the Prince”, and Sandor is the top contender for the Warrior. (I’m not sure it’d be entirely accurate to decribe Dany as a “warrior” who wields a flaming sword, though I can see how leading her armies with the help of fire-breathing dragons could fit the bill.)

      [Sorry if this is rambling or redundant. It’s 4:33 AM. Why am I up ?]

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    26. Ten Bears,

      Unless you buy the “Dany is a red herring” theory I don’t know how you can assert that Sandor Clegane of all people is AA. She fits more aspects of the prophecy than anyone (dragons from stone particularly is one that only Dany so far has done, but also red star bleeding, (re)born amidst salt (dragon stone) and smoke (drogos pyre), debatably her dragons are the “sword” of fire…

      Anyhow I doubt we’ll ever get the answers clearly but SC is just not that important IMO.

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    27. Catspaw Assassin: Is the show into the Chosen One/Azor Ahai that much? Because I don’t recall the show ever addressing that at all.

      I’ve been rewatching last season, and Melisandre mentions it several times in regards to Jon. The Red Priests in Essos say it a couple of times about Daenerys. It looks like a hung gun!

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    28. WImsey,

      You can even go further back than that. Mel calls Stannis the Lords Chosen in the first episode of season 2. So yeah, definitely a hung gun!

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    29. Catspaw Assassin: I love how the show captures the ambiguity of the novels, especially since we ‘Mericans aren’t exactly big on ambiguity, at least since Poe and Melville.

      heh, true: and we Yanks are even worse at subtlety! But Melisandre really should be easy to understand: she is a devote follower of a god. And in this case, the god actually exists! The problem is the reverse of the old adage: if a human trying to understand a god is like a lobster trying to understand a human, then a god trying to communicate with a human is like a human trying to communicate with a lobster! Whatever it is exactly that R’hllor wants Melisandre to do, she does not quite understand it: and a big part of the blame is on R’hllor, who seems to use teaser trailers to try to communicate the plot of an entire film.

      Now, people say: “But she burns people alive!!!” Well, guess what: Mel has an actual god (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) telling her to do so, and one that tangibly rewards her for the BBQ. I’ve never interacted with a god of any sort (although I do have some friends with outstanding hair), but I’m betting that if a god says “Jump” then I’m going to do it. (I have a strong aversion to lightening bolts, meteor strikes and earthquakes.)

      Queenofthrones: Unless you buy the “Dany is a red herring” theory

      Heh, the “theories” that some fans make up about Daenerys rival the “theories” that Fox News makes up about Hillary Clinton! I have had my issues with GRRM’s writing at times: but he has done a very good job of creating an arc that strongly parallels that of Jon and also provides good parallels with both Bran’s and Arya’s arcs. (Tyrion is the one of the “Big Five” that seems to differ the most.) However, there are people who want to see her as a villain.

      In a lot of ways, it is the same thing as Melisandre: Daenerys has made mistakes, and there a lot of people who basically work under a “one strike and you are out” policy. This might be less an “‘Murica!” thing and more of a fantasy-fandom thing. After all, most fantasy revolves around “Good” and “Evil,” with stories involving Heroes and Villains rather than protagonists, antagonists and adversaries. It goes beyond the moral ambiguity to which Catspaw Assassin refers: most fantasy follows Tolkien, where Aragorn can tell Eomer that Right and Wrong are the same as they ever was and the reader is supposed to understand that; GRRM (and B&W) play by more realistic rules in which (to misquote Ned Flanders) “I do everything that the Bible tells me to do, even the stuff that other parts of the Bible tell me not to do!”

      The “mistakes” that we see the main characters make and the lesser characters (like Mel) make are the same as the ones that Ned Flanders runs into: because there is no true “Good” and “Evil,” the list of reasons to do X and not-Y often is about as long as the list of reasons to do Y and not-X.

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    30. The Wolves of Winter: You can even go further back than that. Mel calls Stannis the Lords Chosen in the first episode of season 2. So yeah, definitely a hung gun!

      Hung and rehung! It’s been a low-level thing that never has been so prominent that it demands a “firing” that season, but the fact that M,B&W keep raising it means that it is on their minds.

      Good catch.

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    31. Why do people want to create tinfoil theories even though they know it won’t happen in the canon..
      What’s the point of creating theories that goes against the canon and with lot of plotholes that doesn’t meet all the requirements .

      Is it because they want their favorite character to be special one or is it because the need to find something new theory than those that already exist which will be most commonly known..

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    32. dragonbringer:

      Why do people want to create tinfoil theories even though they know it won’t happen in the canon…

      Because we don’t know what’s going to happen in the canon. Hence the theories!

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    33. Wolfish,

      You mean we don’t know or can’t tell who it is even after finishing six seasons of a 8 season series..even after the show namedropping the two who are connected to that prophecy ..

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    34. Catspaw Assassin,

      I am really intrigued by what will happen if Melisandre meets up w/Dany’s crew (note that I am spoiler averse so I don’t know if this will happen but it seems logical). Will she change her mind YET AGAIN and think that Dany is AA (due to the dragons, etc)? Or is she a true blue believer in the “divinity” of Jon Snuh? Maybe she will think oh… maybe Jon + Dany is her Lord’s Plan and be the one to suggest that Dany go find Jon at the wall?? Anyway it should be interesting… I hope.

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    35. Queenofthrones,

      I’ll tell you why: because I’m going solely by the show, and the scripted words used in the show. I tried “mixing and matching” elements of ot prophecies from the books with the versions in rhe show, and irs not possible to reconcile them. Also, the show has omittd certain “historical” facts from the books, leading me to believe they are superfluous.

      I call my theiries “tinfoil” because the term. is self-deprecating, I find its origin amusing. (tinfoil helmeds made by folks to insulate themselvs from maluciious CIA radio transmissions), and it connotes something flimsy.

      However, rest assured that I can back up everything I posit with dialogue , and if I make an unfounded assumption I’ll say xo.
      I’m not saying I know what will happen. I’m just presenting speculative solutions consistent what I’ve seen in S1-S6.

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    36. dragonbringer,

      I think it’s because many people think there’s going to be a twist, one that the majority don’t see coming, and they want to get the satisfaction from being one of the few (which in this fandom means thousands) and simply because people’s imaginations run wild when lots of speculating goes on about a popular, intricate, developing story. This being a fantasy genre, for some the possibilities are virtually endless, to a point.

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    37. Meh all these promotions and whorizing of the show. Good for HBO for getting their money’s worth, though to me it’s a reminder of how massive the show has gotten, and how they have to tread so carefully now in the writer’s room with every decision they make. Well, at least that was sort of the trajectory I felt we were on after S6. I hope I’m wrong and am pleasantly surprised by S7. This year is the first time in years that I haven’t been counting down the seconds to the show, so my expectations aren’t nearly as high. We’ll see how it goes I guess.

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    38. QueenofThrones: Maybe she will think oh… maybe Jon + Dany is her Lord’s Plan and be the one to suggest that Dany go find Jon at the wall?? Anyway it should be interesting… I hope.

      I would think this to be the most probable outcome. We already have seen other Red Priests proclaim that Daenerys is a savior. This should be a setup for someone to put 1+1 together! Melisandre is the one person who knows now to keep an open mind about this issue.

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    39. dragonbringer,

      One other note about so-called “canon.” ….

      I think you’d have to agree that with the show passing the books but assurances from Benioff, Weiss, and Martin that tbey will arrrive at the same destination, there have already been developments in the show that disprove long-standing assumptions by book-readers, and raise new possibilities with new revelations

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    40. I feel at this point Azor Ahai is one of either Dany or Jon, it definitely isn’t Sandor.

      I have read some spoilers which I am sceptical about which

      imply the show will make it clear this season that Jon is the Prince who is promised and Azor Ahai

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