Where's the dragon?
There was a lot of hype over HBO's staged "dragon landing" at Union Square — an event meant to promote the release of Game of Thrones' fifth season on DVD — but when the day finally arrived, there was little evidence of the hell-beast, besides some smoke and upturned furniture at the north corner of the park.
The dragon "crash site" came complete with smoke machines, appearance of scorched earth, crushed benches and a lamppost knocked over onto its side.
Damonte Brown, a high school senior from Downtown Brooklyn, said he was so excited about the event that he showed up hours early to catch a glimpse, only to find out there wasn't a dragon to be seen.
“I’ve been up since 3 a.m., and I’m cold and wet, so I’m not too impressed that I’m not seeing a dragon land,” Brown said.
Other onlookers stopped to photograph the set-up, as well as to get their hands on limited passes to a 20-minute 3D animated featurette in Herald Square at 7 p.m. Tuesday, which is expected to include a special mystery guest, according to an HBO spokeswoman.
The first 10 people to arrive at the Union Square event received a VIP pass, which gets them a free copy of the Season 5 DVD as well as a spot at the screening.
“Still, I was first in line to get a DVD, so it’s worth it,” Brown said.
But not everyone was pleased with the prospect of the fiery destruction of a city park in the name of television promotion.
IMHO public spaces shouldn’t be turned into “dragon-scorched wastelands” to promote a DVD— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) March 14, 2016
Daenerys Targaryen, keeper of the only known dragons in the world, was last seen flying away atop her beast Drogon, and could not immediately be reached for comment.