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Interview with Finn Jones

Our second interview focused on HBO’s Game of Thrones is now live... and it’s audio, rather than written. Ulp. This is the first time we’ve ever done this, so be gentle in your critiques! Any faults in the interview naturally lie with ourselves, rather than Finn, who was very gracious in being our guinea pig!

Go ahead and listen to it here.

First Episodes Synopsis

Although we’ve already reported the titles of the first two episodes, this new press release from HBO provides more detail, especially in terms of an extensive synopsis for “Winter is Coming” and “The Kingsroad”. The first two episodes were directed by Tim van Patten. There are some spoilers in these write-ups.

Fear and Blood Gallery

The Fear and Blood teaser has now been screen capped, with our usual commentary. Over fifty images from this one, with only a handful which closely duplicate anything we’ve captured before. Of particular note in this video are our first look at Winterfell from a distance, a beautiful shot of King’s Landing, and more. We have quite a bit to say regarding the Winterfell shot in particular, in relation to the books. All in all, this show is obviously going to be a feast for eyes!

You can find the start of the images here, and the first shot here.

More Videos from Fancast

And now there’s a veritable bonanza of new videos, as Fancast has many videos up in a clips section. Many of them are described as portrait pieces, highlighting a number of the significant characters of the series, including Daenerys, Jon Snow, and King Robert. Others are behind-the-scenes pieces, including 7 minutes on weapons and 7 more minutes of stunts and fight choreography.

Although it was suggested you had to be a Comcast subscriber to see the videos at this time, although some reports claim that’s not the case. Whatever the truth, it certainly seems those outside of U.S. (e.g. us) can’t see them, so here’s hoping that there’s a short exclusivity window and HBO will be releasing them soon! But for those in the U.S., or at least those who are Comcast subscribers, here’s a couple of embeds to whet your appetite

Lannister and Baratheon Feauterettes

Oh, man, Christmas has come very early indeed, as TV.com has the first look at two of the forthcoming featurettes, featuring House Lannister and House Baratheon. See them below. The Lannister featurette gives us our first look at Charles Dance at Lord Tywin(!) and the Baratheon featurette gives us our first look at Gethin Anthony as Lord Renly and a brief glimpse at Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister… at the boar hunt scene.

More Posters from HBO

IGN has posted an exclusive gallery containing four, brand new official posters for HBO’s Game of Thrones. The posters feature quotes from each character. Ned gets, “Winter is Coming”, of course. Daenerys’s picture—which shows her with a dragon egg—has, “I do not have a gentle heart,” which is a new line (though may be referencing a line from Jorah in the novel). Robert’s is a new line, “Killing things clears my head,” as is Cersei’s, one which we’ve heard before, “Everyone but us is the enemy.”

It looks like these were taken at the same photo shoot where they shot the Iron Throne teaser. Terrific shots, and great quotes, that help give a sense of the characters.

LA Times on Game of Thrones

The L.A. Times pop culture site, Hero Complex, has a new story featuring Game of Thrones. With an extensive look at executive producers and lead writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, this is certainly one of the most interesting articles we’ve read of late concerning HBO’s new series. We particularly like the suggestion at the end that both appear keen to remain as showrunners for the duration.

Maester’s Path: 3rd Puzzle

The third link in the Maester’s Path is now online! This is another great puzzle from HBO and Campfire, featuring the Night’s Watch and the Wall!

Stark Featurette Gallery

We’ve screen captured and commented the latest featurette introducing the Starks, and there’s certainly some great images of the characters, the locations, and some other odds and ends. Winter is coming indeed…

You can see the gallery (totalling 40 new shots—we avoided duplicating images we have from prior previews) starting here in the bottom row, with the first image being this image from the very cool map (hope they sell posters of these at some point!) that shows some of the locations in the Seven Kingdoms that fans all know and love.

We’re holding off on the screen capture of the “Fear and Blood” trailer for a bit, to see if HBO will release a 720p version.

UK Tie-in Cover

Voyager has announced that the U.K. tie-in cover for A Game of Thrones—retitled Game of Thrones to match the HBO series’ title—can now be seen at Amazon.co.uk. Much as expected, they’re using the official poster art from HBO, featuring Sean Bean as Ned Stark on the Iron Throne. A great, moody image that’s sure to help sell books. HBO has recently released t-shirts featuring the image.

New Teaser & Featurette

Making Game of Thrones has posted up two brand new videos, a teaser and a House Stark featurette! See them below:

New T-Shirt Featuring Poster Art

We had rather expected that HBO would find a way to get the official poster art into the hands of fans, but we had expected that to be ... well, with a poster. It turns out they have a better idea: a brand new t-shirt. It’s certainly a great shirt concept, with the Iron Throne and Sean Bean. You can find it, and some other terrific t-shirts, over at the HBO Shop.

Hopefully the wait won’t be too much longer for a poster, as we suspect that one will do brisk business for HBO.

Updated About Game of Thrones Video

HBO has released a new(ish) video to TV Com, iTunes, and possibly other videos. Using a lot of material we’ve seen before, it does also include a handful of new clips—including our very first look at Lysa Arryn and her son Robin on the weirwood seat of the Eyrie, a new shot of Khal Drogo, and a look at the men-at-arms of the Arryns riding up towards the screen.

Week in Review

This has been a pretty busy week for news on all fronts Game of Thrones, so we thought we’d write up one of our irregular recaps for those who fear they have missed something of interest.

Official Game of Thrones Poster

Do we really have to say anything else? This is a gorgeous image, and sells the series very well indeed! A wistful, melancholy Ned, the Gothic Iron Throne, the sword, Cersei’s line, “You win or you die”... Perfect. This official poster will be used to publicize the series in the run up—just a bit over a month away - to the premiere of the show.

Any thoughts? Share them below! The one curiosity we have noticed is the fact that the sword is not Ice. It’s the arming sword that Ned uses instead, when he isn’t using the ancestral weapon. It would have been nice to get that in there. However, we’re guessing its size did not suit the composition very well, and it’s an excellent composition.

Oh, and it’s been pointed out to us that the crow… has three eyes (you see two, but one happens to be in the middle of its head!)