Ever since Game of Thrones was adapted on screen in 2011, fans all over the world were engulfed into the web of alliances and conflicts just like the dynastic noble families of the seven kingdoms and more importantly, the Iron Throne.
A strong allegiance of fan base surged across nations, from Europe to far-east and South Asia, connecting and communicating on a common ground of interest. South Asians may feel more close to the characters than anyone else.
Game of Thrones themed cafés have begun popping up all over the world, including in Islamabad, Kashmir, Delhi and Dhaka.
The composition of the characters, settings, plots and themes of GOT onto the screen calls for a major responsibility: authenticity must be prioritised. There is a lot to learn about Game of Thrones, especially how the production of such grand scale comes into fruition.
Most of the props, costumes, weapons and even the dragons are all handmade from scratch in a South Asian country – India.
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A still of an Ice Dragon from Season 7 of GOT Courtesy
The three dragons for instance, were created in a studio in Goregaon, Mumbai – where a team of 800 people were actively responsible for bringing the dragons to life. The studio is a subsidiary of Prana Studio, Los Angeles, which is backed by Reliance industries and Mahindra Group.
Lord of Battles, a company in the north Indian city of Dehradun, supplies handicraft swords, shields, armour and other medieval artefacts to HBO’s Game of Thrones, the BBC’s Merlin series and FX’s The Bastard Executioner.
R S Windlass & Sons is another among the few companies licensed to produce GOT merchandise, including all the swords and Jon Snow’s iconic black coat. All merchandises are produced in India's Noida, where the company owns their own textile mill.
GOT dons its characters with iconic costumes throughout the series. The lavish Lannister army costumes and tents are made in New Delhi's Lajput Nagar by Rangrasons. Established in 1945, Rangrason supplied military ceremonial uniform, who later went on to work in iconic films such as Gladiator, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Alexander, Prince of Persia, Captain America, Wrath of Titans, Avengers and many more.
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The GOT character Jon Snow fighting with a lethal sword made from Valyrian Steel Courtesy
The lethal sword made from Valyrian Steel, which can take down an army of White Walkers was inspired by the Damascus steel. The Damascus steel, which originated in south India before the Common Era, was primarily used to make long-bladed weapons. The blades possessed a distinctive ripple patterns which resembled the flowing water.
Bangladeshi GOT fans are not behind in the race either. Westeros in Dhanmondi is the first GOT themed café in Dhaka that offers its fans a location to hangout, share fan theories and have good meals.
With Season 7 coming to an end on Sunday, fanatics must wait a two-year sabbatical until the series premiers its final season in 2019. Until then, keep the fan theories rolling.