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[[Video:Game Of Thrones |thumb|350px|right|The title sequence for Game of Thrones.]] The Game of Thrones title sequence introduces every episode and changes depending on the locations visited in that particular episode.

Description

Doom of Valyria Title Sequence

Relief detail showing the Doom of Valyria.

King's Landing Title Sequence

King's Landing.

Winterfell Title Sequence

Winterfell.

File:Robert's Rebellion Title Sequence.jpg
Castle Black Title Sequence

Castle Black.

Baratheon Victory Title Sequence

Relief detail depicting Robert Baratheon's victory.

Game of Thrones title card

The Game of Thrones title card.

The title sequence consists of a three-dimensional map of the world, with the continents of Westeros and Essos located on the inner surface of a sphere. At the center of the sphere is a light source, effectively a sun surrounded by an astrolabe-like arrangement of rotating rings. The details of the title sequence change each week depending on the locations visited. The following description is how the sequence appears in the first episode of the series, Winter is Coming.

The sequence opens with a close-up of the sun and the astrolabe surrounding. Relief details are visible on the astrolabe, showing a volcano destroying a city whilst a dragon watches on and several people escaping in a boat, a reference to the Doom of Valyria. The camera then pans to a wide-shot of Westeros and Essos before zooming in on the city of King's Landing, in particular the sigil of House Baratheon on what appears to be a large gear in the middle of the city. The gear begins turning, moving other cogs, and then three-dimensional buildings start rising out of the ground, such as the Red Keep and the Great Sept of Baelor.

Once the city is assembled, the camera moves north across Westeros to Winterfell, which similarly rises out of the ground whilst a gear bearing the sigil of House Stark rotates. The camera pays particular attention to the godswood of Winterfell and its heart tree as it rises out of the ground before panning up to the sun and astrolabe. There is then another close-up of the detail on the astrolabe, this time showing the Stark wolf, Lannister lion and Baratheon stag engaging the Targaryen dragon in combat, a reference to Robert's Rebellion.

The camera returns to Winterfell and then pans north to the Wall, where more gears start turning and Castle Black emerges from the ground, whilst the pulley lift emerges from the face of the Wall. The camera pulls all the way back to King's Landing before moving across the Narrow Sea to the Free City of Pentos, which similarly emerges from the ground whilst gears rotate.

The title sequence ends with a return to the relief detail of the astrolabe, now showing the animals representing the various noble houses of Westeros bowing to the triumphant Baratheon stag. The Game of Thrones logo then appears over the astrolabe, with the heads of a dragon, wolf, lion and stag emerging from the side of the logo.

Variations

The title sequence sometimes changes depending on the locations visited in each episode. The known variations so far are as follows:

Vaes Dothrak Title Sequence

Vaes Dothrak.

  • Episode 102 - The Kingsroad: Pentos disappears from the map. Instead, after King's Landing the camera moves to Vaes Dothrak, where Dothraki tents rise up out of the ground as more gears whirr and rotate.
Eyrie Title Sequence

The Eyrie.

The Twins Title Sequence

The Twins.

  • Episode 109 - Baelor: The Eyrie disappears from the map, but is replaced by the Twins, which unpack themselves and then lift the bridge of the Crossing across the River Trident.

Conception

The title sequence was created by a company named Elastic, which had previously created the title sequences for Rome, Big Love and Carnivale for HBO. The latter won them an Emmy Award.

The title sequence was inspired by the maps of Westeros that precede each novel in the series (and maps in fantasy novels in general). The creators decided to place the map on the inner surface of a sphere with an astrolabe-sun object at the center. The camera would then visit different parts of the map, whilst illustrations on the astrolabe covered some of the backstory to the series. The turning gears and cogs were meant to be reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions.

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