The Toronto leg of the Game of Thrones: The Exhibition wrapped up on May 18, and I was lucky enough to get a look at the best of Westeros, tucked into a corner of the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre.
The exhibit featured almost 100 original artifacts, costumes, weapons, storyboards, and more from seasons one through three, as well as a few pieces from the current fourth season. From Arya’s sword, Needle, to Davos Seaworth’s fingers, the exhibit had a little bit of everything, including a bloody tribute to the infamous Red Wedding, and the many characters who have lost their lives over the seasons.
But the real highlight was the opportunity to “Ascend the Wall” thanks to the Oculus Rift. When I donned the elaborate goggles and was locked into the cage, my first thought as I gazed down at Castle Black was that the image was rather grainy, which took away some of the realism of the experience. But once the elevator began its ascent, all that changed as I was rushed to the top of the icy Wall and beyond, even witnessing a harrowing attack from the Wildlings on the other side. It was definitely a breathtaking experience, and I managed to maintain my dignity and not scream during the wild ride.
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