Fossil hunters on a Dorset beach were stunned this morning as they stumbled across what appeared to be the remains of a giant dragon.
The spectacular skull the size of a London bus appeared to have been washed up on Charmouth beach on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, famous for its treasure trove of dinosaur fossils.
With a vast spine disappearing into the sand, fossil hunters, holiday makers and local dog walkers were stopped in their tracks on discovering the sensational creation.
But as paleontology enthusiasts held their breath, the skull was revealed to be an impressive sculpture installed overnight by movie and TV streaming service blinkbox to celebrate the arrival today (15 July) of the third installment of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones on the service.
A team of three sculptors took over two months to design, construct and paint the skull, which measures 40ft long by 8ft wide and stands at over 9ft tall.
The dramatic work was inspired by a memorable scene in the series which sees character Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) discover a dragon skull in the dungeons of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. At this point in George RR Martin’s fantasy, the dragons are supposedly long dead, but it hints strongly at their return, which is a developing theme in the story.
Ben Ayers from blinkbox says: “Game of Thrones is easily the most talked about TV show of the moment. We wanted to mark its arrival on blinkbox with a spectacle every bit as dramatic as this amazing series.”
“We’re expecting this season to be hugely popular as the previous two series top the TV charts on blinkbox every week and we have season 3 months before it will available on DVD or Blu-ray.”
Game of Thrones season 3 will be available on blinkbox from 9am today (15 July) priced at £17.99 (SD) and £23.99 (HD). It is not available on rival streaming services Lovefilm Instant, Netflix or iTunes.
Notes to Editors
- blinkbox has the latest movies and TV to watch instantly, without subscription. The service has thousands of titles, available to purchase and rent on a growing number of devices including games consoles, tablets, Smart TVs, Internet-connected Blu-ray players, set top boxes and PCs/Macs.
- Game of Thrones Season 3 comes to blinkbox months ahead of its DVD and Blu-ray release. blinkbox also has seasons 1 and 2 available to buy.
- Game of Thrones follows the conflicts of the families of Westeros as they battle to claim the Iron Throne.
- The largely British cast has continued to wow audiences on both sides of the pond.
- Thanks to the show’s popularity, 146 baby girls in the US have been named Khaleesi, after the ‘Mother of Dragons’, played by Emilia Clarke.
- The Jurassic coastline is home to a sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning 185 million years of the Earth’s history.
- The last major fossil to be found on Charmouth beach was that of the Ichthyosaur, a dolphin like creature which lived 220-65 million years ago.
Hayley Dodd and Rachael Everitt at Taylor Herring PR on 020 8206 5151.