The long-awaited TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels finally has a release date. HBO will air the first episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday, April 17th.

Based on the first book in the highly-acclaimed (and still unfinished) fantasy series, Game of Thrones is easily the most anticipated new show to land this spring. In addition to nailing down the premiere date, HBO has also revealed new stills from the production.

Game of Thrones follows the political and relational intrigue surrounding a handful of sparring nations in the fictional medieval land of Westeros. The story is driven by the characters and the various power struggles across and within the countries. While there is magic in the Ice and Fire universe, it’s used very sparingly – don’t expect to see any magical duels in the opening episodes.  The main protagonist (amidst many, many others) is Eddard Stark, right-hand man to the king. Stark is played by fantasy alumnus Sean Bean of The Lord of the Rings fame. Other high-profile actors and actresses include Mark Addy, Iain Glenn, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage.

Adapting the complex and winding plots of the book series for the screen will be no easy task. It’s a good thing then that George R. R. Martin himself is attached as a co-executive producer to the series. He offered up some tidbits about the plot and setting in the extended preview that HBO released last month.  The incredible production design shown off in the preview is once again evident in the new photos. Everything from the costumes and sets to the cinematography and light design looks fantastic. HBO isn’t sparing any expense – or time – for Game of Thrones.


To say that I’m excited for the new series is a wild understatement. If the long, long lead-up that HBO has been teasing us with is any indication, it’ll be nothing short of the most ambitious fantasy project in television history. The new series won’t be hurting for competition when it debuts: Starz is preparing its own fantasy series, Camelot, for a premiere on April 1st. While Game of Thrones has a built-in audience of readers, the Arthurian lore of Camelot is practically universal – so universal that there’s already a Merlin show running on SyFy.

The first of Game of Thrones‘ 10-episode season premieres April 17th on HBO.

Source: Variety, Collider