This Minnesota couple played the Game of Thrones, and won
You might think the Iron Throne was destroyed by dragon fire, if you're a fan of the just concluded HBO series, "Game of Thrones."
But the spiky power symbol is back. The throne was delivered Tuesday to Gail and Ken Janes' Richfield backyard "in two trucks," Gail Janes said.
The Janes won the replica in an "Own the Throne" sweepstakes sponsored by AT&T Thanks, the company's customer rewards program. The Minnesota couple was among the 270,000 AT&T customers to enter.
Gail Janes said she signed up for the contest on a lark. "I thought it was going to be a T-shirt or a cup or something like that."
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Now she has a 7-foot tall, 310-pound likeness of the seat of power in Westeros. The metal and resin creation is a product of Traction 3D, which worked on props for the series. Variety reported when the contest was announced that the price tag was about $18,000.
Ken Janes built a new patio for the throne. He's planning to build a pavilion over it to protect it from the weather, because, you know, it's Minnesota, not the Seven Kingdoms, and winter is coming sooner rather than later.
Gail Janes is delighted with her unusual patio furniture. She said the throne actually is quite comfortable to sit in.
And it would be hard to argue for a better home, because they didn't need the appropriate accessory — a sword.
"We already had one," said Gail, waving the 4-foot long blade over her freshly mown lawn.
Correction: The copy above has an updated number of contest entrants.