It’s crazy that this is the last year we’ll be forced to hear the phrase, “winter is coming”. Sure, that’s mostly because global temperature rise might destroy us all, but also, because this weekend marks the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. For eight years we’ve been waiting for an army of dead people to cross a wall, to find out if the totally-hot-for-each other leads are actually auntie and cousin, and to see our most hated characters get what’s coming to them. Will season eight give us everything we’ve been waiting for? Hard to say, but we’re skeptical. Final seasons of almost decade-long television shows rarely live up to people’s impossible expectations. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to go all out on premiere parties and theories.
With the buzz in the air, restaurants and food brands are racing to come up with awesome food and drink collaborations to celebrate. And since we want to make our viewing parties as authentic as possible, we’re obsessed with all the Game of Thrones items that will get everyone into the spirit — without even having to murder all of our guests red wedding style. “You said you wanted to cosplay, Greg. Try to die with a little dignity for once. Jeez.”
So, whether you’re eager to order a burger in High Valyrian, or just need that extra something to make your event a little more epic this weekend, these are the coolest Game of Thrones related food and drinks to mark the beginning of the end.
Oreo Enters The Game of Thrones
We don’t know about you, but whenever we watch Game of Thrones, we constantly think about which House would have the backing and support of Nabisco — the makers of the near perfect cookie known as the Oreo. Does the sandwich cookie’s allegiance belong to the Starks, the Targaryens or *gasp* the White Walkers?! Turns out, the people at Oreo aren’t exactly sure either.
Since April 2nd, the cookie brand has been selling their special line of Game of Thrones Oreos stamped with the sigils of some of the houses of Westeros. Show what side you’re rooting for ahead of the premiere with these special cookies. Also, watch the hilariously epic ad above.
Johnnie Walker Goes Beyond The Wall
Because some people just can’t help but side with the bad guys, Johnnie Walker is throwing their support behind the army of the dead with their special limited edition White Walker Scotch whisky. Unless we’ve been wrong this whole time, and the White Walkers are actually good, and it’s our favorite heroes of Game of Thrones who are the evil ones. Just something to think about.
The White Walker whisky comes in a special North-of-the-Wall-esque frosty bottle that is said to reveal hidden designs as the bottle gets colder. They say if you drink an entire bottle it reveals the ending of Game of Thrones, only you’ll be too drunk to remember any of it.
HBO And Bob Cabral Helps You To Drink And Know Things
No matter how much wine you drink, you’ll never be Tyrion Lannister. A phrase we find ourselves often saying into a mirror during a drunken weekend. But dammit if we won’t keep trying, and using it as an obscure reason to KEEP DRINKING MORE WINE. HBO and winemaker Bob Cabral teamed up for not one, but four special Game of Thrones wines. Choose between Pinot Noir, a red blend, Chardonnay, and the much more expensive Cabernet Sauvignon.
Shake Shack Goes High Valyrian
Shake Shack has made a special Game of Thrones inspired double Shack Burger, with a fiery dragon inspired sauce, bacon, and Monterey Jack Cheese, as well as a special chocolate mint shake they’re calling the Dragonglass Milkshake. Unfortunately, you have to let your nerd flag fly high if you want to get one — you can only order from this secret menu in the fantasy language of High Valyrian.
Luckily Shake Shack, or Rholītso Rhakion in this case, created a special translation guide so you don’t have to start a scene in Shake Shack by tearfully pleading with the cashier for the Dracarys Burger. Remember, you want the Dakaro Parkliapos with a Zīrtom Perzomy Rholītsos, and a side of um, french fries?
Shake Shack will be selling their special Dracarys Burger until April 21st with the Dragonglass Milkshake sticking around a bit longer until May 19th. Initially the Game of Thrones Shake Shack secret menu was only available at the Madison Square Park location, but since April 12th the deal has been taken nationwide.
Ommegang Brews Up For The Throne
New York Brewery Ommegang will commemorate the final season of Game of Thrones with their fourteenth brew related to the franchise. The beer-wine hybrid has been dubbed “For The Throne” and has notes of pear and apricot with a sweet malt and honeydew finish.
The beer-wine hybrid has been available on site since early March with plans to sell the brew through the brand’s distribution network this month.
PEEPS Keeps It Adorable
Westminister, Maryland has been holding a confectionary creation contest known as the Carrol County PEEPShow (VERY funny name) for a decade now, and this year’s contest was graced with the presence of this 8 1/2 foot Mother of (PEEP) Dragons sculpture by Vivian Davis.
Unfortunately, you can’t go and buy this giant PEEP dragon, though we do dream of one day having our own giant PEEP dragon that’ll sit on the couch with us, and let us take handfuls of its delicious PEEPS-flesh to snack on while watching our favorite ultra-violent fantasy shows.
Mountain Dew Kicks It Bravoosi Style
Mountain Dew is positioning itself as team Arya and the Faceless Men of Braavos with this special Mountain Dew can dubbed “A Can Has No Name.” If you’ve never watched Game of Thrones, that sentence must sound like pure gibberish, but also, then why are you reading this article?! The can features the names on Arya’s infamous kill-list, with the names and faces she’s taken already crossed off. Pretty cool, and pretty damn dark for Mountain Dew.
Unfortunately, Mountain Dew is only giving this special can away as part of a contest that has already ended. But on the bright side, now you don’t have to drink Mountain Dew to get into the Thrones-watching spirit. You can probably find a few cans scattered about eBay if you’re a mega-collector and need this can.
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