New ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer – Meet the Characters of Westeros

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HBO has long been known as television’s number one place for compelling dramas, but the network’s upcoming fantasy show Game of Thrones is an entirely new challenge.

Will the network that made gritty dramas like The Sopranos and The Wire, succeed in the world of swords and sorcery? My guess would be yes, but you can’t blame them for hedging their bets with a massive marketing push.

In the last two months, HBO has released tons of content from Game of Thrones, including a teaser trailer, a huge 11-minute preview of the series, and a handful of new set photos. Over the weekend HBO released yet another trailer for the show, this time showing off the many characters in the series and their overlapping desires for the Iron Throne of Westeros.

Check out the new trailer below:

Game of Thrones is based on the popular A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series by George R.R. Martin. If you want to get caught up on the series before it premieres, I suggest you head over to Wikipedia for a more detailed summary (assuming you’ve got a few hours of free time to kill).

I am very interested to see how Game of Thrones turns out. The producers of the show have repeatedly said that it will appeal to both fantasy fans as well as non-fantasy fans, which is good, but what about people who are unfamiliar with the books? As a newbie to Martin’s fantasy series, my quick perusal of the Wikipedia article was head-spinning. Can HBO successfully translate 3,188 pages of literature into an accessible and successful TV series?

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HBO rarely makes a misstep, so I will definitely give Game of Thrones a chance. At the very least, it will give me an opportunity to watch Sean Bean back in action as a bearded warrior, a la Boromir from Lord of the Rings.

I am curious to hear from fans of the book series. Having watched all of the promotional materials for this show, how do you think it will turn out? If you had to convince a non-fantasy-loving friend to check it out, what would be your biggest big selling point?

Game of Thrones premieres April 17th, on HBO. Make sure to check back at that time for our review of the show.

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  1. hmmm ill give this a shot

  2. Yes… will be watching this as will the wife.

  3. I purchased my Wife the first four books in the series to get ready for this. She is consumed right now with the first. No one but HBO could bring this to the small screen. Deadwood, The Pacific still stand out to me as being the best they have ever done. I have high hopes.

  4. This may make me purchase HBO!
    Rob, I say read the first book at the very least. This is my all time favorite series and I’ve been reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Mythology since I was in the 4th grade (1977).
    This is the perfect choice to make since the magic part of the series is very subtle.
    The first thing i learned in the series is not to get attached to any character because – like in a war flick- they might not be alive by the next page.

  5. What happened to Jennifer Ehle in this movie? Thought she was in it?

  6. Can’t wait, the only show I’m looking forward to more than this is Avatar: Legend of Korra.

  7. HBO is marketing this this thing as a struggle of power, and I think that will be the wisest strategy in order to lure in those who would typically shy away from a fantasy show. Oh and they get bonus bonus for including Ghost, along with Jon, when the North’s favorite bastard is sitting on the Iron Throne, which itself looks like a beautiful monstrosity.

    Also, I had always always imagined Kevin McKidd as Jaime Lannister but that image of Coster Waldau sitting on the Iron Throne has officially solidified him as the Kingslayer.

    Still a bit iffy on Headley as Cersei though.

  8. I’m a fan of the books, and I have really high hopes for the show. Actually I hope the genre won’t be the problem with the audiences. There are only a few fantastic elements in the story (they are important but really subtle).

    I tried getting my friends to read the books but now they would only have to watch the show.

  9. I’m not a big fantasy fan, but this series absolutely hooked me. It’s less about fantasy and more about political struggles and intrigue, and Martin does not shirk when it comes to writing multilayered, complex characters. It’s by no means a straight good guys vs. bad guys set up – lots of intertwined and dense plots and varying shades of gray a la The Wire and the Sopranos, and the attention to detail is amazing.

    I’m feeling very positive about the screen adaption. Definitely read the first book prior to the series – if you don’t, you’ll still be able to understand what’s going on, but will be denying yourself a real literary treat.