The Title Sequence

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Compounded of the animated map by Elastic and the accompanying theme by Ramin Djawadi, Game of Thrones’ iconic title sequence is one of the show’s most distinctive elements. In an interview with Art of the Title in 2011, the project’s Creative Director Angus Wall discusses its making.

Besides its creative animation, the title sequence introduces the audience to the extended world of Game of Thrones. In the interview, Angus Wall describes the entire process from the visualisation of the sequence to its reception by the crew and later, the audience. The article also provides beautiful, intricate sketches and concept art for individual locations. The project took about five to six months of work, and in 2011, it won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design.

Greg Spence, one of the show’s producers elaborated on the title sequence in an interview in 2015. He describes ‘rules’ that it follows: for instance, every sequence contains King’s Landing, Winterfell, the Wall and Daenerys’ location, no matter what. Some of these locations change slightly with events in the show. After the Sack of Winterfell in S02E10, the title sequence for S03E01 showed a ruined Winterfell clouded in smoke. In S05E01, Winterfell returns to its restored form, and the Stark sigil is replaced with House Bolton’s. And when House Stark reclaims Winterfell in the penultimate episode of season six, the flayed man is replaced with the Stark’s grey direwolf. Similarly, with Cersei Lannister’s ascension to the throne in S06E10, the season seven premiere this summer could possibly replace House Baratheon’s sigil in King’s Landing with House Lannister’s lion.

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