"Game of Thrones" exhibits delight Vancouver fans



"Game of Thrones" is one of HBO's most successful TV drama series. And from now on to Sept. 1, fans in Vancouver get a chance to see the props and costumes that actors actually use in the show at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).

Now in its fourth season, "Game of Thrones" is a fantasy drama based on the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire." The story is set in the fictional lands of Westeros and Essos and follows several noble families in a civil war for the coveted Iron Throne.

Jason Bring, a fan of "Game of Thrones", told Xinhua that he likes the TV show because "it always keeps you on the edge of your seat and always keeps you guessing. It gives me severe anxiety every time I watch it because I don't know what's going to happen."

Jason Bring and his girlfriend Manayer Alhendi came to the exhibition this year to have a chance to sit on the replica of "Iron Throne," which is among more than 100 artifacts used in the show's first three seasons. Alhendi said she liked to cheer for the show's villains - the Lannisters.

"I suppose I like it as they're all fighting one another for this coveted throne and I love the strategy behind the battle plans. I actually love the Lannisters. I love to hate them," she said.

In the PNE, fans waited up to 30 minutes for a chance to enjoy a full 3D experience of climbing the show's famed "Wall" - a massive and iconic barrier that divides the fictional Westeros from the dangerous northern wilderness. Brittney Webber enjoyed the 3D and explained her experience.

"It was pretty scary, like you are in an elevator and it goes really high up and you don't know when it's going to stop. And like looking around you're in like this cage and there's nothing above you," she said, adding that she had a feeling of free falling and fireballs shooting at her.

Some fans of the show took their interest to a whole new level, including Aaron Harrison, who arrived in a costume he made for himself based on the outfits worn by the show's villains - the Lannisters.

Harrison works in Vancouver's film industry as an actor and set builder. He said the costumes and set designs from "Game of Thrones" are some of the best he's seen. He said the show is notorious for its violence and gruesome scenes, and is certainly not for the whole family.

"I think murder porn is what my girlfriend says all the time, but I mean it's like the bible, but more entertaining," he said.