I don't know why HBO is holding Game of Thrones season one until next year. I feel like this set would do gangbusters at Christmas. But they have their own ideas on how to do these things (ideas like not releasing Boardwalk Empire season one until January, after season two was over or mostly over. No fucking clue what that's about), and they stick to their guns.
But a view of the packaging is online and it gives you a sense of what to expect from the set. Here's what's revealed:
EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY FEATURES:
Blu-Ray Complete Guide to Westeros: An interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in Season One, PLUS 24 exclusive histories of the Seven Kingdoms as told by the characters themselves.
Anatomy of an Episode: An in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode six, “A Golden Crown”.
In-Episode Guide: In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories while each episode plays.
Hidden Dragon Eggs: Find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.
Making Game of Thrones: An exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interview from the cast and crew.
Creating the Show Open: An inside look at the creation of the Emmy-winning opening title sequence for Game of Thrones
From the Book to the Screen: Executive producers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, and author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenge of bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to life on HBO.
Character Profiles: Profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them.
The Night’s Watch: An in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the Wall, a 700-foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond.
Creating the Dothraki Language: An insightful glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in Game of Thrones.
Audio Commentaries: Seven audio commentaries with Cast and Crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and more.
Some of this stuff sounds like fluff - couldn't the making of be much, much longer? - but some of it seems pretty cool. And seven commentaries isn't bad, although it would have been nice to spring for the full ten.
Whatever. I'm just excited that this is coming home soon, and that season two is wrapping up filming. I can't wait to get back to Westeros.