The Game of Thrones tour is an absolute must for any fan, whether you’re a diehard fanatic, or someone – like myself – who can’t remember anyone’s name but loves the show nonetheless.
I went on the tour on July 22nd and it was very well organized. We were shown clips of episodes on the way to each location so that we could get an idea of not only where we were going, but also how CGI was used to contribute to existing sites. The application of CGI was further emphasized at each location by our tour guide, Andrew, who showed before-and-after pictures while explaining different facts about each location. I don’t know too much about CGI, so I found that part of the tour extremely fascinating. I also loved meeting the dire wolf pups – though they’re not pups anymore!
Andrew was a fantastic tour guide. We were his second tour group ever, but I wouldn’t have known as he was very knowledgeable and confident. He was also very personable and funny, regaling us with stories and anecdotes from his experiences as an extra in seasons 4 and 5 (he was in Stannis Borathean’s army). That personal touch made the tour that much more interesting as we learned things about the show that we would never have known otherwise. One thing I really appreciated was that he did not give away any spoilers; I was very grateful when he asked at the beginning of the tour if anyone had seen season 5 as me and a couple others hadn’t.
As stated previously, I highly recommend the tour for any Game of Thrones fan. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a raincoat just in case! A day of Game of Thrones is a great day for all!