When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die — or in this case, you could earn yourself a spot on the Iron Throne itself, courtesy of the Game of Thrones crew. With the show's final season right around the corner, HBO is challenging fans to take a page out of the Stark handbook and travel throughout Westeros (or the real world, in this case) to search for six Iron Thrones hidden across the globe. The clues are puzzling to say the least.
Images of four out of six of the hidden thrones have been posted as cryptic clues, showing some of the scenery around each throne and hinting at where fans should search for the most coveted seat in all of the Seven Kingdoms. So far, resourceful and dedicated fans have uncovered the location of two of the six thrones, including the Throne of the North (Björkliden, Sweden) and the Throne of the Forest (Puzzlewood in England). The winners have since been rewarded with their very own crowns, which bear a striking resemblance to that of the late King Robert Baratheon.
Fans have guessed that the remaining thrones could be located anywhere from Texas to New Zealand. Considering how patient we've had to be with the the show's time sequence, it's no surprise that a real-life Game of Thrones quest would take some serious time and traveling to complete.
HBO first announced the Quest For the Throne on Monday, March 18, as one of three challenges posed to fans to promote the premiere of the show's final season. In partnership with the American Red Cross, HBO created the Bleed For the Throne campaign to encourage fans of the series to donate their own blood after witnessing all the bloodshed in Westeros. The network also hired artists from around the world to Create For the Throne and put their own spin on some of the show's most iconic props.
According to a countdown clock on the official Quest For the Throne site, the challenge will continue until 2 p.m. ET on April 2. So far, the Throne of Joy, the Throne of Valyria, and two other thrones remain hidden, so keep reading to see if you can glean a few clues of your own about the mysterious whereabouts of the thrones to earn a crown of your very own.