No doubt you’re eager to re-watch Game of Thrones season 7 again and again (and again). The good news is that the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release is chock-full of special features, including a full-length animated prequel – but the bad news is that anyone wanting a physical release will have to wait until winter has come. December 12 to be precise.
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As revealed by IGN, the digital download hits e-shelves on September 25 but it’s the physical Blu-Ray and DVD release that features a helluva lot of Game of Thrones goodies to tide fans over until the final Game of Thrones season. Here are 6 of the best features:
An animated prequel
A Thrones spin-off may not be coming for a while (no matter how many of its writers break their silence), so this is the next best thing. Clocking in at 45 minutes, there's seven animated prequels, collectively titled Conquest and Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms, which chart Aegon Targaryen’s attempts to take over the Seven Kingdoms and you can watch Chapter One above.
A closer look at the new locations
One of the Blu-ray exclusives will not only feature new artwork and info detailing fresh locations including Highgarden and the Dragonpit, but it’ll also be narrated by Thrones cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Aiden Gillen.
How *that* battle North of the Wall came to be
If you’re quick on the draw and manage to snare a digital download copy in a few weeks then you’ll have access to an exclusive feature taken from Game of Thrones season 7, episode 6. In it, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at just how Jon’s expedition North of the Wall was filmed. It also means you’ll need both versions to get access to all of the features. That’ll fill the Iron Bank’s coffers...
A celebration of the show's unsung heroes
Jon Snow and the rest of the cast may be the faces that grace DVD covers, posters and glossy magazines but it’s the legion of artists and designers behind the action that makes the show really tick. The feature From Imagination to Reality will pay tribute to behind the painstaking process, including how they crafted brand-new sets for the season.
Want to know how Tyrion felt about Jon and Dany’s coming-together? How Jaime felt on the field at the Loot Train battle (though our breakdown gives you a pretty good idea)? Or how Bran managed to stare into the distance for so long without blinking? There’s a good chance all of that will be covered and more in an extensive section filled with interviews with the cast and crew.
Sure, this is a DVD/Blu-ray mainstay – but who doesn’t want to hear Gwendoline Christie’s dulcet tones talk over her sparring session with Arya or Liam Cunningham’s biting northern wit invade your ear canals? No one, that’s who.