HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Premiere Date & New Images

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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

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  1. YES! Now I can countdown till the premiere! Can’t wait


  3. This looks so awesome, I can’t wait to start this book series after I finish the “Dexter” books(on the 3rd one now).

  4. I wonder how many seasons HBO will make before they cancel it at the height of its popularity. My guess is two so they can have a dual box set to market in a few years.

  5. Re-reading the books, I’m kind of struck by how similar they are in structure to a modern, arc-based TV series like DEADWOOD or THE WIRE, where large casts of well-drawn characters have their own plots and stories that are woven into a whole. Perhaps it’s just that TV has adopted the storytelling techniques of novels, but I also have to think that George R.R. Martin’s experiences as a TV writer/producer (Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast) have fed into his fiction.

    Aleric is right to worry about HBO canceling the series early. Personally, I also hope that God doesn’t cancel George R.R. Martin before he finishes the series.

    • Oh, come on. According to Wikipedia Martin’s only 62. I’m more worried about Terry Pratchett – the brilliant satirist has a rare form of Alzheimer’s, and has to write with speech-to-text software. I don’t mean to make light of his condition, but I REALLY hope to read more Moist Von Lipwig stories in the future.

      • If it takes Martin as long to write the next four books as it did the first four, he’ll be 76 when he’s finished.

        • Fair point.