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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 FX Reel: Westeros Locales Brought to Life, Bit by Bit

As tends to be the case with ‘Game of Thrones,’ season 5 won’t have any new footage to show off by Comic-Con 2014, but the HBO drama can still dazzle your eyes a bit more in season 4. We saw so many new and mesmerizing locations, with many more to come next year, so check out an epic VFX reel of how ‘Game of Thrones’ built its most famous season 4 locales!

The new ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4 FX reel from Mackevision shows off a few things we’d already seen, such as how Croatia backdrops end up composited and enhanced to form the majestic Kings’ Landing, though the added challenge of Joffrey’s wedding brought some incredible composite work in filling the city streets, adding or changing structures big and small.

Of course, season 4 also presented a number of other FX-heavy locales, from the giant-statued city of Braavos (where a certain little lady will end up next season), to the more intricate shots of the Vale and its Bloody Gate. You won’t find any giants riding mammoths detailed in the reel, though it’s equally fascinating to see some of the more subtle changes and composites that helped bring Westeros to life in season 4, and will continue to in season 5.

While begin the long watch until ‘Game of Thrones’ season 5, we at least know of a multitude of new characters being cast, including those that confirm we’ll be visiting the oft-mentioned kingdom of Dorne, for which Spain location shoots will double. That said, we’ll meet fewer new characters in season 5 than in prior years, as the next cycle will prove to be something of a midpoint for the series’ run. As expected, the story will draw heavily from George R.R. Martin‘s fourth and fifth novels, ‘A Feast for Crows’ and ‘A Dance with Dragons.’

We’ll be on the ground in San Diego to hear what ‘Game of Thrones’ has to say of season 5 at Comic-Con 2014, but in the meantime, check out the awesome FX reel for season 4 above, and tell us what you’d like to see brought to life in 2015!

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