‘Game of Thrones’ Visual Effects Reel Proves Nothing Is As It Seems

By July 9, 2014

HBO’s stellar “Game of Thrones” is one of our favorite shows here at GeekNation. We talk about it a lot, whether it be in written recaps, our recap & review podcast, listing our favorite moments, laughing about weird twists on its iconic introduction, seeing actual royalty visit the set, and even looking ahead to the next season. It’s a staggeringly well-made series that continues to grow in scope each season, and though it features some jaw-dropping visual effects sequences involving dragons, head explosions, and more, it’s actually the more invisible effects that are the most impressive of all.

We’ve seen effects reels like this before (via io9), but it still blows my mind to see all of the tiny details that are dropped into the world of Westeros to make it feel like an actual place. I’m well aware of how prevalent visual effects are in today’s entertainment, but it’s still amazing to see the magic of practically every castle, boat, and outdoor set – all of which feel so real while watching the show – being created in a computer and seamlessly blended with live action footage to create such a compelling setting for some of TV’s greatest moments. Check this out, and let us know what you think in the comments:

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