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Get ready for an awesome Game of Thrones The Dance of Dragons animated short film

December 23rd, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments

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You thought you couldn’t get any more excited for the return of Game of Thrones in the spring, HBO has just announced something very special indeed. The network have just revealed that among the myriad interesting special features in its Game of Thrones season 5 box set, fans can discover an animated featurette that will delve into the history and mythology of dragons in Westeros.

According to IGN, via Squareeyed, the Season 5 Blu-ray set will include a 20-minute feature about the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen war of succession that tore Westeros apart years before the events of the show proper.

The movie will be telling the story of the ‘Dance of the Dragons,’ an epic civil war that took place prior to the events in Game of Thrones. It was a war between two Targaryens’, when they still ruled the seven kingdoms. Dragons were still alive, and the Targaryen siblings used their dragons to fight each other for the throne. It’s a legendary piece of Westeros history, and I can’t wait to see it adapted to the screen.

IGN also debuted an excerpt from the featurette. In this clip, Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) tells the tale of the battle between Aemond and Deamon Targaryen, who fought on their dragons above the Gods Eye, near Harrenhal. Ohhhh yes!

Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen), Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), and Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) will also lend their voices to the piece. The special was written by Game of Thrones scribe Dave Hill, who described how the project came about in the following statement:

“When HBO and [producer] Adam Vadnais broached the idea of adapting The Dance of Dragons for the Blu-ray special features, I was thrilled. I loved the story as George had written it and felt honored to help bring an animated version to the fans. Every year I try to keep the scripts worthy of the incredible work that I know to expect from Adam and his team. This year, more so than ever, they’ve set the bar astronomically high with the Dance of Dragons featurette. Winter will eventually come, but not the day that Adam and his team fail to amaze me.”

The Game of Thrones Season 5 Blu-ray set will be released on March 15, 2016. Check out our video below predicting the 10 Most Exciting Things About Game of Thrones in Season 6.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.