At the Winter TCA tour, HBO has now screened the 15 minute extended trailer of Game of Thrones for journalists in the run-up to Friday’s thirty-minute presentation and various interviews with GRRM, the executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, and actors Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, and Emilia Clarke. Thanks to WiCnet, who’s fortunate enough to be on the scene, here’s a quick preliminary run-down of the scenes shown, in the order that they were shown:
Before beginning the screening, it seems HBO explained again that at this time, the initial episode was not ready for viewing as digital effects were not yet completed. We expect to see more detailed description from WiC, Maureen Ryan of AOL’s TV Squad, and perhaps others later tonight after a second viewing. James Hibberd of EW—one of several notable critics who’s been very clear about his anticipation of the series—has already given his take on it, noting some additional quick flashes (including a look at the ugly monstrosity that is the Iron Throne, just as it should be), his getting into the scenes focusing on Dany, Viserys, and the Dothraki. He’s a little less convinced by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the brief scenes we’ve seen so far, though he does praise his delivery of the show-stopper line (quite literally, as it will be what the first episode ends on).
You can be sure we’ll have more reporting tomorrow when the panel and some surrounding tidbits take place. The presentation is scheduled for a half-hour block starting at around 4:15 PM Pacific time.