For those who’ve coveted the Maester’s Path scent box sent out to a few lucky people (including ourselves) a few weeks ago, HBO and Winter is Coming have teamed up for a contest, a rare opportunity to get a hold of one of these exclusive items! Unfortunately, for legal reasons, the competition is for U.S. residents only (before you ask, that is also why Westeros.org—run by two people in miserably rainy, windy Sweden—won’t be offering any similar contest.)
Go over to WiC to earn more, and good luck to the contestants. We hope whoever wins will share a report of your impressions when you get it!
The 5th and final part of my report, stemming from visit to Paint Hall and Magheramorne, is now up. It covers a long car-trip I shared with GRRM and Parris, in which we discussed several topics, and then my time spent watching some of the filming—and meeting executive producer David Benioff and several of the actors—at Magheramorne quarry, where Castle Black has been raised.
Below is a full index of the parts, from events from before the set visit (such as breakfast with George and first meeting Bryan Cogman) on through the whole visit, as well as a link to my Moot report from the same evening.
It’s gone live, and it features heraldry! Very pleased with this one, which is a “spatial audio experience” that moves you through the Inn at the Crossroads as you unravel a story and get hints towards where the various coats of arms should be placed.
For those in the U.S., the schedule at HBO.com is going to prove a regularly-visited place each Sunday, as it appears HBO will be revealing quite a few things that way…
For example… a 27 minute “Making Game of Thrones” program is scheduled for multiple airings, starting April 6th. We expect this to feature at least some new footage, while possibly mixing in some things from prior videos such as the Artisans (which, we believe, have never aired on HBO-proper).
And then on the 17th, Game of Thrones‘s first episode—apparently titled “Winter is Coming”, according to the listing—will be aired three times, from 9 PM EST through to 12 AM, giving potential viewers plenty of chance both to catch the show ... or, if you’re the die-hard fan we expect, to re-watch it a couple of times to make sure you have your fill.
Not too much longer, is it?
Hat tip to Winter is Coming for reminding us about the schedule.
We’ve put together a comprehensive list of air dates, covering every country we have an inkling of(or think we soon ought to have some knowledge of) in regards to the air date for Game of Thrones. We’ve broken it into several sections, from those that have locked in dates all the way through to those we have no information about at all. Each section is alphabetical (except for the first, where the U.S., U.K., and Canada are given precedence), in the hopes it will make finding a specific country easier.
If you have any corrections, clarifications, or additional information regarding broadcasters or air dates, please feel free to comment or to e-mail us directly.
Screen captures from the latest trailer are now available, starting with the gorgeous image of the Wall you’re seeing to the right. Big, isn’t it? Some other exciting images are a glimpse of the silhouette of Winterfell as seen from a distance, and the (rather controversial) first look at an
white walker. I expect April 3rd’s 15 minute sneek peek from the 1st episode will convince those who are dubious that that really is an Other.
If anyone wants to try and estimate how large Winterfell is supposed to be from that image, by the way, please feel free to add a comment onto the gallery page for the image. I’m stumped as to whether it can be estimated in any reasonable fashion.
A report earlier in the day noted that HBO Canada stated that April 17 would see Game of Thrones premiere on April 17th. This caused a great deal excitement, especially as it seemed likely the U.S: would do the same… but it turns out it was an error. HBO Canada’s listing was incorrect. HBO has confirmed that HBO Canada will only be running one episode on April 17, and has corrected its listing to reflect that. HBO in the United States will also be premiering with just the first episode.
HBO has just sent out a press release revealing that there’ll be a 15-minute sneak peek of Game of Thrones on April 3rd! We had an inkling that something was up, but we had no idea it’d be this. It’s a great piece of news for the fans eagerly anticipating the show. You can find the full release below the cut.
This is a busy, busy day—and though I’m still sick as a dog, I just had to share this, a full trailer for Game of Thrones which is an EW Exclusive. A lot of great things here, including some dialog from a Littlefinger and Varys scene that we haven’t seen before, and a very brief glimpse of the Wall in its full majesty—this is the bit Linda and I saw in the 15-minute-reel, and we’re pretty sure everyone’s going to be very pleased with how it looks here!
By the way, for those wondering, no, this trailer does not feature final music by composer Ramin Djawadi—it’s stock or sourced from a third-party music composition group, as with previous trailers.
The next part of my set visit report is up in the Features section, featuring a great deal of armor geekery, a visit to the throne room, and more. Pictures courtesy of HBO and Parris McBride.
I hope to get the next part out tomorrow… but I am coming down with something and so may have to delay it a day. Fingers crossed.
HBO has released a fantastic new series of T-shirts at their HBO Shop storefront, and suffice it to say, we’re pretty excited (and somewhat sad—U.S.-shipping only right now). Male and female designs cover a range of houses with their mottoes: Lannister, Targaryen, Stark, Baratheon, Arryn, and even Tully and Greyjoy(!)
Our personal favorite is the Targaryen dragon, we think, especially since they have corrected it from their initial filming, possibly because we noted the fact that the dragons are in fact supposed to have two legs.
As promised, you can find the second part of my set visit report here. This features my visit to the prop store, where I saw a big direwolf, and various other odds-and-ends that may be of interest before I had a close-and-personal look inside a sky cell of the Eyrie. Enjoy! Part 3 is coming tomorrow.
An e-mail from Canal+ Finland has confirmed earlier reports we’ve had, namely that the Canal+ channel in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden will be airing Game of Thrones beginning May 4th, at 9PM. This substantially fills in the picture for much of Europe—April 18 in the U.K. on Sky Atlantic and at least part Central Europe and Eastern Europe served by HBO (Hungary and Czech Republic seem confirmed, although a comment below states that HBO Slovenia is undecided), May 4th in the Nordic countries (no word on Iceland yet), May 9 in Spain, and doubtless more announcements to come in the next few weeks.
Long in the planning, Making Game of Thrones has now published an interview we did shortly after my visit to Belfast back in October—I was quite honored to be considered a worthwhile subject! The genesis of Westeros.org, our involvement in the fandom, and my impressions of the visit are briefly covered. And now that that’s published…
The set visit reports resumes! Shortly after my return from Belfast, I started posting a bit of the experience, but I stopped before I actually got into Paint Hall, instead describing how it came to be that I had this opportunity (an unprecedented one, I’m told) and breakfast with George and Parris. Now, in this first installment, my visit to the Paint Hall-proper, beginning with a lonely tower and a high hall…
More parts to come!
As predicted, HBO has launched The Maester’s Path, a series of interactive puzzles. This is viral marketing at its finest, from what we can see so far… and also as predicted, the symbols that we and others received are the key to the first puzzle. Feel free to look at them here!
Every monday will see a new puzzle, as you work to gain knowledge. We’re guessing that perhaps each week is going to see the “influencers” chosen by HBO possibly receiving a new package with more clues for future puzzles. The site promises “great rewards”... wonder what those might be?