Game of Thrones MetroCards Are Coming


If your commute feels more like traveling across the Seven Kingdoms than hopping over to the next borough, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City has a treat for you. As Gothamist reports, a limited supply of Game of Thrones-themed MetroCards will be available at the Grand Central subway station beginning today, December 4.

The special-edition Game of Thrones MetroCards come in four variations, each depicting a different character from the HBO series: Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, or the Night King. If you have your heart set on collecting them all, you may have to be persistent. The MetroCard vending machines and booths will be dispensing the cards at random, so you don't get to choose.

The MTA has sponsored similar subway takeovers in the past: David Bowie received his own MetroCards earlier this year, and Twin Peaks-branded cards appeared in vending machines in 2017. As part of the latest campaign, the Grand Central subway station has been decked out in ads promoting the final season of Game of Thrones, which will premiere on HBO in April 2019.

Fans looking to pick up a special MetroCard should act fast: Only 250,000 of them were made for the promotion, though based on the response to limited-edition cards dispensed in the past, they'll likely be resold for much more than the $1 card fee.

[h/t Gothamist]

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]