You can’t have a megaseries without tie-ins. And while I’m not a great fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones (here’s my review) I am amused by the hype and ancillary merchandise.
Take a look at some other ways to engage with the impossible-to-escape miniseries.
For your iPhone and iPad, there’s the weather app, which the iTunes store describes this way: “From a land where summers span decades and winters last a lifetime comes Ice and Fire, a weather app featuring the breathtaking scenery” from the series. So if your Towne, as they say, is New York or Beijing, check on when winter is really coming.
My favorite tie-in has already come and gone. For a week in New York and week in Los Angeles, the Game of Thrones Food Truck gave out samples inspired by the series and created by none other than Tom Colicchio of Top Chef . Entertainment Weekly sent a food taster, who reports back with a rave review for the lemon cakes, less enthusiasm for the roast squab.
Here’s Colicchio cooking up some blackfish stew.
And since the truck has driven beyond the Game of Thrones Wall, here’s Colicchio’s recipe for the lemon cakes. (It’s actually from his 2003 Craft of Cooking cookbook.)
The online HBO shop goes low-tech. In addition to T-shirts, mugs and posters, there’s a card game and a board game – pretend you lived centuries ago! Only slightly higher-tech, there’s computer wallpaper.
You can't keep rival houses from fighting. George R.R. Martin, who wrote the Song of Ice and Fire novels the miniseries is based on, took a swipe at the ending of Lost in a New Yorker interview. Lost creator Damon Lindelof responded online with tweets like this:
@damonlindelof Winter IS coming, bitch. #MARTINFEUDFIRSTSALVO
@damonlindelof George RR Martin is terrified of "pulling a LOST" by ending Game of Thrones shittily. In related news, my therapist just hit the jackpot.
Time magazine’s indispensible James Poniewozik has a thorough, witty wrap-up of the House of Martin vs. House of Lindelof feud, with quotes from his own Martin interview.
If you have an extra $200 to throw around, you can buy replica swords, including the cute Needle sword used by Ned Stark's young proto-feminist daughter, Arya (Maisie Williams, shown here on set).
Oh, yeah, here’s where it all started. Martin’s much-delayed sixth book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, should be published in July, all 1008 pages of it.