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New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Blu-ray Animation Recounts Targaryen Rise

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The name “Aegon Targaryen” got thrown around a bit in Game of Thrones Season 7, and you’d be forgiven to lose sight of Westeros’ elaborate history. No longer, as the announcement of Season 7’s Blu-ray brings with it an animated retelling of the Targaryen rise.

HBO declared Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season will hit Blu-ray and DVD on December 12, with Digital Download available as early as September 25. They even released the first featurette early, as Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen) narrates an animated recounting of the “Doom of Old Valyria,” all the way through the construction of Dragonstone, and Aegon’s exploration of Westeros with his sisters.

Considering how important “Aegon” proved to the big revelations of “The Dragon and the Wolf,” it certainly helps to contextualize the history alluded to in prior seasons, and get a sense of how the seven kingdoms came to be. The actual Blu-ray will of course feature much more, as outlined below:

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.

And the cover art, for good measure:

Game of Thrones Season 7 Blu Ray Cover
HBO / Think Jam

We’ve plenty of time to bone up (heh) on Targaryen history as Game of Thrones gears up for production on the final season (and its many endings), so pre-order The Complete Seventh Season now and stay tuned.

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