Still struggling with the long wait until Game of Thrones season 7? Well, we may have just the thing for you – loads of gorgeous concept art that was made for season 6 by German design studio Karakter, which they’ve now posted on their website with additional commentary.
There’s an awful lot to plow through, but here are a few highlights…
Beating a dead horse
Suffice to say, this weapon choice by Wun-Wun could only have made the Battle of the Bastards even better.
“As a starting point for the Battle of the Bastards, we studied historical battle depictions of the previous centuries,” VFX concept artists Robert Simon said. “
“And then we exaggerated it in any way possible. It shows humankind at its worst…”
Hold the door
No, we’re still not over Hodor (Kristian Nairn)’s sacrifice yet – but by the looks of things, it was once conceived as an even greater battle between Bran’s friends and the Night’s King (which involved CGI direwolf Summer a lot more than the finished episode did).
Here be dragons
This scene, in which Daenerys attacked one of the Masters’ boats, made it more or less intact into the series – frankly, we would never have forgiven them if it didn’t.
Building the Citadel
The unique look of the Citadel was a very conscious choice, according to concept artist Floris Didden.
"The Maesters of Westeros are the most scientific people in a world of backwardness and I wanted the architecture of the Citadel to reflect this fact: ordered, radially symmetrical and highly sophisticated with complex mechanisms reflecting the light of reason through a cavern of gloomy ignorance."
Burn with me
And to cap it all off, here’s a look at the plans for what would later be season 6’s defining moment – the wildfire explosion at the Great Sept of Baelor.
Man, even in concept it still looks awesome.
Game of Thrones will return to TV in mid-2017