Game of Thrones

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Maester’s Path: 2nd Puzzle

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.

Some hints:

  • Notice the floor—the tree of arms is there, with each branch leading to a different table.
  • Listen carefully at each station. Each one can give a hint about what region goes to what branch. They may clearly refer to one region, or they may refer to one of the sigils which can then tell you what region goes there.
  • One of the hints is very important, because it associates a specific sigil to a very specific place. If you don’t place it there, you won’t solve the puzzle, even if you have it in the right branch. There is only one sigil that has to be placed that particularly. The other two branches, it only matters that you have the correct sigils for each of them.
  • Sigils from four different regions are present, but only three regions are ever mentioned at all in the audio (directly or indirectly).
  • Heraldry matters. Figure out which sigils belong to each region, and remember, one of the regions is a red herring.
  • Great fun, and great work by Campfire and HBO!
What to Expect in April

For those in the U.S., the schedule at 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.

International Air Dates

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.

New Trailer Gallery

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.

HBO Canada Correction

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.

Sneak Peek on April 3rd!

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.

Exclusive EW Trailer

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.

Belfast Set Visit Part 3: Armor Galore

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.

New Game of Thrones T-Shirts

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.

Belfast Set Visit Report Part 2

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.

May 4th Premiere on Nordic Canal+

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.

MGoT Interview… and Set Visit Report!

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, 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!

The Maester’s Path Begins

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?


New Screen Captures

The new trailer for Game of Thrones has brought new screen caps, with our usual commentary and linking. Some great new images here, and a few lines that haven’t been heard in the promos and teasers as of yet. Personally, we love the glimpses of heraldry in the tourney scene, and the amazing shot of a tourney “accident” which just looks incredible, but others will find much else to love: the godswood of Winterfell (the first screen capture in the series), or Winterfell itself, or perhaps the bloody aftermath of a certain fight in the streets, to name just a few.

Extended Iron Throne Preview

A brand new teaser has come out form HBO tonight… well, more or less. Drawing heavily from some of the other teasers, especially the amazing “Iron Throne” teaser, this new one includes some amazing footage—footage which seems to feature the fully edited, color-graded material we’ll see on screen—and some terrific snippets of dialog from scenes we haven’t generally seen as of yet outside of certain screenings (including the 5 minute reel critics have seen). Enjoy!

A few new screen caps tomorrow in our gallery, but you can find the “Iron Throne” teaser bits largely covered starting here.