Winter is coming from the north and with winter come the dead
he 8th and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premiered on April 14, 2019, and it sent fans around the world into a frenzy. One of them is a German photographer Kilian Schönberger, who recently paid tribute to the fantasy series with his own, alternative photo story. The tellingly titled Winter is Coming project is a series of thought provoking images shot in the dark forests and mountain ranges of central Europe.
“The story by George R. R. Martin and the terrific implementation as TV serial were a great source of inspiration for my work,” reveals Schönberger. “Together with the local fairytales and legends those stories brought my landscape sceneries to life.” Schönberger’s photos visualize desolate lands where barely anyone survived the battle between the dead and the living. Snow covered trees are a perfect image of an army of White Walkers, while clouds of fog represent the growing Army of the Dead. Schönberger sums it up ominously: “The dead became the rulers of the land. Life extinguished almost everywhere.”