While Game of Thrones fans still have several months left until the final season airs on HBO, fans will be able to get into the Thrones spirit at Major League Baseball ballparks all across the country this summer.
Major League Baseball announced today that they will be continuing its partnership with the HBO hit series with Game of Thrones Nights at select MLB ballparks this summer. While no specifics about these events have been released yet, this will be the second year the hit fantasy series and MLB have teamed up.
Last year, the Game of Thrones Nights kicked off with cross-promotional activities that engaged with thousands of fans in over 20 Major League Baseball ballparks. Many of these activities integrated the iconic Game of Thrones theme song by Ramin Djawadi into the game, along with special mascot bobbleheads, video board games, branded food and drink concession stands, t-shirts, ball caps and even Game of Thrones costume contests took place at these events, along with new Snapchat filters fans could use to take their pictures with. There would also be the iconic Iron Throne present at the games.
Like last year, fans will be encouraged to tweet and share photos throughout social media with the hashtag #GoTMLB, and also through the MLB Ballpark mobile application. Last year, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy even conducted his post-game press interviews while sitting on the Iron Throne. While many teams gave away GoT-themed bobbleheads of its players or coaches, the St. Louis Cardinals gave away "October is Coming" t-shirts, while the Pittsburgh Pirates gave away special glass mugs for their giveaway last year.
There is no indication yet if HBO plans on using any of these Game of Thrones events at MLB ballparks to debut any actual footage from the highly-anticipated, and highly-secretive, eighth and final season. The final season, which will span just six episodes, has been in production since September, with filming not expected to wrap until sometime this summer. One of these GoT Nights could be the perfect opportunity to debut some new footage in front of a massive audience, before debuting it online, but there is no indication as to whether or not that will happen.
There was another interesting connection between Major League Baseball and Game of Thrones last season, when New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard had a cameo in the fourth episode of Season 7, The Spoils of War. The pitcher, who stands 6'6" and is nicknamed "Thor" for his long blonde hair, played a Lannister general who is seen throwing a spear at one of the Dothraki riders during the epic battle scene where Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her dragons, with the help of the Dothraki, attack the Lannister army. More updates on these Game of Thrones nights will be posted at MLB.com/GameOfThrones in the near future, but until then, take a look at this video from the Major League Baseball YouTube page, which puts an MLB ballpark twist on the iconic Game of Thrones opening credits scene.