So you’re out wandering along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast looking for fossils, only to turn a corner and be faced with a giant freaking dragon skull! The London bus sized dragon noggin appeared to have ‘washed up’ on Charmouth beach on Dorset, a famed site for dinosaur fossils…
As you’ve probably already guessed, this isn’t a sign a local Dorset resident had become Dragonborn and was slaying the local fire-breathing lizard population. It was of course a massively impressive sculpture installed overnight by movie and TV streaming service blinkbox to celebrate the arrival today (15 July) of the third instalment of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones on the service.
It apparently took a team of three sculptors took over two months to design, construct and paint the skull, which measures 40ft long by 8ft wide and stands at over 9ft tall. The dramatic work was inspired by a memorable scene in the series which sees character Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) discover a dragon skull in the dungeons of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. At this point in George RR Martin’s fantasy, the dragons are supposedly long dead, but it hints strongly at their return, which is a developing theme in the story.
Ben Ayers from blinkbox says: “Game of Thrones is easily the most talked about TV show of the moment. We wanted to mark its arrival on blinkbox with a spectacle every bit as dramatic as this amazing series.”
“We’re expecting this season to be hugely popular as the previous two series top the TV charts on blinkbox every week and we have season 3 months before it will available on DVD or Blu-ray.”
They did make one fatal flaw in this planned hoax… Dragons? In Dorset? Ridiculous! I mean, we all know Dragons live north of London, not south! ;)
Game of Thrones season 3 will be available on blinkbox from 9am today (15 July) priced at £17.99 (SD) and £23.99 (HD). It is not available on rival streaming services Lovefilm Instant, Netflix or iTunes.