Wow, that was fast. The sixth and final Iron Throne has been found, only about an hour after the clue video went live. How is that even possible? GoT fans are out of control. The so-called Throne of the Crypt is at Fort Totten Torpedo Battery in Queens.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated release of the eighth and final season of fantasy series Game of Thrones, HBO recently went all interactive on us and hid several replica Iron Thrones around the world for a global scavenger hunt.
Well, within a couple of days it seems that the hunt is over as now all the six replicas have been discovered, with the final replica throne cropping up in Queens, New York. One was in a forest, another in the desert, and a third was in a godforsaken frozen hellscape in Canada or something. Fans have been going to the literal ends of the earth to track these things down, and so far, five of the thrones have been found. But there's still one last one out there, waiting to be discovered—and on Thursday, the show dropped the clue to its whereabouts.
Announcing the quest on the #ForTheThrones website, HBO said: "For seven seasons you've watched characters lie, bleed, and sacrifice for the Iron Throne.
"As the final season approaches, only one question remains: How far will you go?"
The hunt has indeed taken us far and wide, with the six thrones hidden in six different countries across the globe. The other five thrones - the Throne of Ice, Throne of Valyria, Throne of Joy, Throne of the North and Throne of the Forest - turned up in Canada, Brazil, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, with each of the winners who discovered them given a replica of King Robert Baratheon's crown.
Give this video a watch and see if you recognize it:
The hour-long video doesn't offer much in the way of easily-recognizable landmarks, unfortunately. You can't even point the camera up and try to geolocate the thing, since it's just in the corner of some giant brick room.
This was a big one—the only Throne that had yet to be discovered—and, immediately, folks scrambled to try to track it down. Within minutes, fans figured out that it was in Fort Totten, New York, an old military compound-cum-public park in deep Queens. Anyone close enough to actually get to the thing—including yours truly—rushed to become the first to find it. But we were already too late.
Melanie Joaquín saw the video of the Throne as soon as HBO published it, and the moment she laid her eyes on it, she knew where it was. There was no mistaking that strange cavern, its large stone blocks, the eerie way the light drifted through its columns. The "Throne of the Crypt," she knew, was inside the old Battery at Fort Totten.
Joaquín was determined.
She found a small, jagged hole in the fence, crawled through it, and ran headlong towards the old Battery, zigzagging through the park and racing down a long, dark tunnel that led to the Throne. There, waiting for her, were a pair of guards: two towering, bearded men in long fur-collared cloaks, leather boots, and 16th-century breastplates. After asking her a few staggeringly intense questions straight out of Game of Thrones itself—"What is your quest? Is it the Throne you seek?"—they guided her to it. And thus, at long last, this gem of a moment was born:
Other aspirant throne-seekers would, in time, come to discover the All-Important Seat themselves, only to find that they had been beaten. Somehow, Joaquín had managed to claim her place atop it about ten minutes after HBO's video went up.
"She got here so quickly. We were in shock," Aramique Krauthammer, the director of the Iron Throne project, told me. "We didn't even know where she came from. I'm still surprised, like—how is this possible?"
Her quest complete, her Throne mounted, and her crown secured, Joaquín left Fort Totten and returned to her home in Queens—only now she bore a new title, bestowed upon her by Game of Thrones itself. Allow me to introduce you, mere mortals, to Melanie Joaquín: the Queen of Queens.