Game of Thrones dragon ‘crashes’ in Dilworth Park

Bonus: There will be a 3D dragon lift-off tonight in front of City Hall.

Game of Thrones promoters set up a dragon crash site today at Dilworth Park.

Game of Thrones promoters set up a dragon crash site today at Dilworth Park.

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Dilworth Park today looks a tiny bit like that dungeon in Mereen where Daenerys Targaryen kept her dragons after they’d, um, misbehaved.

That’s because HBO has brought its public relations blitz to Philly to promote the DVD/Blu-Ray release this week of the entire fifth season of Game of Thrones. The season six premiere of the show based on books by George R. R. Martin is slated for April 24. So in order to promote its newest at-home Thrones experience, HBO went big.

Throughout the day today, you can check out the scene at Dilworth Park where a “dragon” has landed and there’s a “crash site”: Dug-up concrete, dragon footprints, smoke, crushed benches, the usual. Die-hard fans who waited this morning at 8 a.m. got a free copy of the full fifth season. But other fans of the Seven Kingdoms: It’s worth making your way down to the park today for a photo op.

Then tonight at about 8:15 p.m. in the area of 13th and Market Streets, the dragon will “take flight” and fly across the city in a 3D animated projection show called the “Dance of Dragons.” HBO representatives said the show is free and expected to last about 20 minutes.

Philly is one of four cities to have a dragon landing come to town. HBO was in New York and Los Angeles earlier this week and will end its dragon-promoting tour tomorrow in San Francisco.

Here are some photos from the scene of the crash:

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