‘Game of Thrones’ Extended Preview

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HBO’s adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones isn’t due to premiere for another five months, but if the latest feature is any indication, it’ll be worth the wait.

Just before the Boardwalk Empire season finale aired Sunday night,Inside Game of Thrones” gave potential fans a look into the production and backstory of the upcoming series.

The 11-minute featurette gives us the best look yet at the direction and feel of the long-planned adaptation. The video features pretty much all of the scenes from the previous Game of Thrones tralier plus some more juicy dialogue between Eddard Stark (Sean Bean, The Lord of the Rings) and members of Westeros’ power circles. Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) makes additional appearances. In addition to a preview of the series, there are plenty of interviews with the actors, writers and producers to savor.

Fans of the novels will appreciate the input from George R. R. Martin, who is taking on a co-executive producer role. He takes a few moments to explain the geography and political climate, giving the uninitiated a narrated primer for the various countries and houses. Dan Weiss and David Benioff (screenwriter for Troy)  are taking executive producer spots.

If the clips seen in the video are any indication, the production design, costumes and art direction are top notch, matching (or beating) big-budget film productions of the same scope. Production designer Gemma Jackson (who also worked on HBO’s well-received John Adams miniseries) takes a moment to explain the reasoning behind the sets, and how they combine physical elements with computer-generated effects to create the atmosphere of Westeros’s fictional medieval world.I just can’t say enough about the artistry that’s going into Game of Thrones. I haven’t seen this level of exacting detail and careful composition since The Lord o the Rings.

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Showtime’s historical drama The Tudors – a fine period piece in its own right – looks drab in comparison. Producer Frank Doelger speaks on the influences that determined the costumes, props and architecture, of Game of Thrones, combining different historical periods and geographical regions to create a look and feel that’s recognizably medieval, without being specific to any one place or time. There’s a specific contrast between the different regions and cultures, which should allow for a good range of atmosphere throughout the series.

You can check out the 11-minute preview below:

The dedication that the cast and crew is showing to the source material is promising. The story is lengthy, complex and winding (even with three of the seven novels yet to be published) and should make excellent fodder for HBO, whose previous original series haven’t shied away from long backstory and can’t-miss-an-episode continuity arcs.

Game of Thrones premiers April, 2011 on HBO.

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  1. I spent the summer reading all of the books and they’re fabulous. I’m glad that, so far, they’re sticking to the source material – however I do hope they take some liberties with the story and try to make it their own (not too much mind you).

    The big concern with this is definitely going to be budget. If the show doesn’t match 5m+ viewers I don’t think it’ll get renewed. With each passing book, and in turn series, the world gets more complex and more fantastical events aspire – which means more CGI and more $$. Perhaps Benioff and Weiss will have the know-how to get around it. One can only hope.

  2. My favorite fantasy series of all time. So far it looks very true to the books. Hopefully it does Martin justice

  3. Looks like it’s gonna kick butt, although (trying not to spoil anything) actually watching a certain love scene is going to be pretty disturbing. It’s bad enough having to imagine it.

    • Why, whatever could you mean? To be honest I think in the Martin laced the books with quite a few love scenes that could qualify for that.

  4. hrmmmm you may be right. Okay a little more specific without giving anything away…the first one.

  5. Very excited for this!

  6. The trailer was really awesome..i am awestruck at the amount of money HBO has spent doing this…Also I feel that this is how I imagined when I was reading the book…I cant wait for April to come!!

  7. ooliboofoo: I assume you’re referring to the one that will take place at the end of the 1st episode, “the things I do for love”, but if I remember correctly, Catelyn’s 1st pov chapter starts immediately after she has sex with Ned.

    I can’t wait for this series to air. Fans of the books all seem to love what they have seen, but I wonder what kind of impression someone who never heard of the books would get from the previews?

    • Nope, not Catelyn and Ned…

  8. “You can check out the 11-minute preview below:”

    – No I can’t! stupid blocking for EU…mutter-grumble…wanders off to find youtube.

    • quinch,

      Sorry about that. I really don’t understand the rationale for limiting videos to US only.


  9. Looks sweet, HBO never seems to disappoint(except maybe for “John from Cincy”, never forgave them for cancelling “Deadwood” and replacing it with that crap). They say this is a fantasy series, does that just mean the locales are made up or that their is magic and/or mythical beings?

    P.S. “He’s an angry little elf” is in this, haha. Glad to see he has gotten a good role.

    • To your questions: yes on both account. The books take place in the fictional world of Westeros in the land of the Seven Kingdoms. As the series progresses it becomes increasingly aware that mythical/magical beings (in their world) are coming back to life and play a part in the wider scale of the story. Though very little time is dedicated to that aspect of it, the concentration of the story is on the political upheaval the world is in and the consequences surrounding it.