If you are one of the bazillion people waiting for your fix of Game of Thrones’ seventh season, then a raven brings news of something to tide you over: booze.
Springwise reports that HBO has partnered with Vintage Wine Estates to produce the first official Game of Thrones wine.
The wines will be on sale from September 2017 and will include a chardonnay, a cabernet sauvignon and a special red blend, no doubt made in honour of a certain wedding.
Viewers of the show will be familiar with the prominent role that wine plays in it. One of fan favourite Tyrion Lannister’s better lines was, “I drink and I know things”, and soon you can (officially) drink along at home (knowing things not included).
Perhaps you could have a glass each time someone is murdered… Actually forget that, with the series’ notorious death toll, you’d be trollied in 20 minutes (and we don’t condone that sort of thing, anyway).
It’s not the first stab at a GoT beverage. HBO partnered with Brewery Ommegang to launch a beer in 2014. In that same year, Mashable reported that an Australian ad agency had produced an unofficial wine to go with the show.
Being mega popular – Season 6 averaged 23.3 million multiplatform views – it’s no surprise the show has spawned a number of apps, parodies, memes, spinoffs – anything you can name really.
Yet things are wrapping up in Westeros, and the end is in sight.
In August, president of programming Casey Bloys announced that the show will end after its eighth season, which will most likely air in 2018, although just how many episodes are left is still up in the air.
Seasons are typically ten episodes long, but the word is that Season 7 will have just seven episodes and Season 8 will have only six.
Will it really end there though? The showrunners have kept it pretty hush-hush, but HBO’s CEO, Richard Plepner, has confirmed that a spin-off is “pretty likely”.
So maybe a prequel? It could be nice to see the Mad King in action, but then again maybe not. After all, prequels can be tricky.
In the meantime, HBO is cashing in on the franchise while it can, so it makes sense for them to license everything under the sun. At this rate, it probably won’t be long before we can pop down to Bunnings and pick up a ‘Hodor Door’ (contact me about this opportunity, HBO).
In recent months, the show hasn’t given us too much to be excited about – the most recent trailer was totally naff.
In November, HBO tossed us a two-second ‘thing’ during a Westworld commercial break. Seriously, HBO? Two seconds? That doesn’t even qualify as a teaser (and I absolutely refuse to use the term ‘teaser teaser’, because I don’t want to encourage this kind of behaviour).
As for spin-offs, I consider myself somewhat a connoisseur. The Coldplay Red Nose Day one was great, and I really enjoyed Seth Myers having Jon Snow and Melisandre over to his house.
However, my all time favourite is this – ladies and gentlemen I give you ‘Arrested Westeros’, the perfect mash up of Game of Thrones and Arrested Development.
I’ll drink to that!