Game of Thrones might be over, but we're still not done enjoying all of the intricate details that made this series such a phenomenon. HBO partnered with Insight Editions to produce four post-finale tie-in books that offer fans a closer look at the behind-the-scenes process that went into crafting the show's most memorable visual elements, from the decadent costuming to the elaborate storyboards to the concept art that informed all those stunning set designs.
TV Guide has an exclusive look at upcoming book The Art of Game of Thrones, which features 432 pages filled with colorful concept art and design elements from the series' Emmy-winning production designer Deborah Riley, who wrote the book alongside Jody Revenson. Art director Gemma Jackson penned the preface, and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff authored the book's forward. The book, which debuts on Nov. 5, will cover all eight seasons of the HBO epic.
The cover image alone is exciting enough to have fans rushing to pre-order, since it features one of Season 8's most visually arresting moments: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) taking her place as queen of the ashes after razing all of King's Landing.
A glimpse at four other sections of the book show just how completely Riley's vision of some of the series' most important locations came to life onscreen.
This spread spotlighting Winterfell, for example, reveals some of the influences for the Stark family's homestead and its humble but inviting aesthetic. The caption for the image reads, "Though Winterfell may seem the most medieval of the castles seen in the series, it isn't truly medieval. Its design includes styles from both English and Scottish castles from the eleventh to thirteen centuries, plus elements of the wooden stave churches seen in Scandinavia. Melding these distinctive architectural styles gave Winterfell its own style — familiar but unique."
The book also reveals that Riley approached her concept design for Winterfell with the intention of reflecting most of the Stark family's most notable characteristics: "sturdy, trustworthy, simple, and grounded."
In another sample of the artwork in Riley's book, we see her original vision for another pivotal part of Westeros as the commoners interact in the markets of King's Landing. The orange hues certainly reflect how much those House Lannister family colors bled through to everyone in their kingdom.
A third shot reveals Riley's sweeping original vision for one of the most stomach-churning locales of the entire series: the Eyrie — home of the Arryns — which had just one entrance on the western side through the Bloody Gate, but a second exit by way of the Moon Door.
Last but not least, here is a spread centering on Riley's ornate imagination of the Citadel, the caption of which confirms a long-held fan theory once and for all: the astrolabe was indeed a "nod" to the obelisk seen in Game of Thrones' opening credits.