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Northern Ireland Locked-In?

Back in September, Northern Ireland Screen, who played a leading role in bringing Game of Thrones to Northern Ireland, had a board meeting where it was revealed that a “2nd series for Game of Thrones was already under strong consideration.” It went on to state that “securing” that season to be produced in Northern Ireland could well depend on the NI Screen hurrying along the process of expanding studio space by Summer 2011.

Maester’s Path 5th Link and NYC Food Experience

The fifth and final puzzle of the Maester’s Path has now gone live! With each of the previous puzzles having covered four of the five senses, this one deals with the last sense left: taste. And it ties in, thematically at least, with HBO’s taste experience that’ll be playing out in New York City and Los Angeles over the next couple of weeks, as award-winning chef Tom Cochillio of Top Chef has planned out the menu.

And just in time for that, today happens to be the first evening for the food truck in New York City. At last report, it will be somewhere in the vicinity of Union Square at 6PM. The menu for today is inspired by King’s Landing and features trout, rabbit, and (of course) lemon cakes, a brief video describing it that we’ve embed below, plus the full menus for all five days of the experience… which are necessary to solving the puzzle!

ETA: Steve Coulson of Campfire says to read the clue very carefully. And then he noted that “before the fold” was very important. Which leads one to folding… and look, each menu has fruits, some of which are sliced and some of which are not. And the slices line up pretty well, as if directing you how to fold… Once you have the answer, type it in after the test starts and you should see quite a nice scene!

Game of Thrones in North Africa and Middle East

We had it as unconfirmed, but it’s now confirmed that the Orbit Showtime Network—leading provider of television and film by satellite to most of North Africa and the Middle East—will be carrying HBO’s Game of Thrones beginning April 20. Notably well ahead of some other markets, including major European markets! According to the release we’re linking to, it will air at 22.00 with what seems to be a repeat in the early morning at around 3.00.

We have updated our International Air Dates listing accordingly.

Northern Ireland and Game of Thrones

Variety has a very interesting report on film and television production in Northern Ireland which touches on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and includes some interesting facts and figures. As we’ve previously discussed, the show’s budget has always been impressive, probably in the top quintile of all of HBO’s regular hour-long dramas (Rome certainly being at the very top end), but it seems it may have been even bigger than we were led to believe.

Game of Thrones Steins and More Shirts

The HBO store has been keeping itself busy, releasing more products out there. We knew that the shirts featuring the posters would be inevitable, of course. And there had been rumors of steins of sort being produced, featuring house imagery, to be released to coincide more or less with the launch of the show…

But it looks like they’re here early! The main body being either in black or white, the steins cover House Targaryen, House Stark, House Lannister, House Baratheon, House Tully, and House Greyjoy (which, for our money, looks particularly sharp!) What more does HBO have planned in the coming weeks? We shall see…

Game of Thrones in Israel

We’ve updated our international air dates listing now that reports are coming in from Israel that Yes! has revealed Game of Thrones will be airing April 21st, just four days after the U.S. premiere. According to a remark from Winter is Coming, this is an exceptionally fast debut for a foreign show in Israel, which is a good sign.

So far, not much more movement on many of the announced broadcasters with no solid dates, but we’re keeping an eye out. If anyone in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, or Italy could contact national cable and broadcast networks to see if they’re picking up the show and when they’ll air it, we’d be very interested in that information!

Game of Thrones: The Taste

Rumors abounded of HBO preparing something very special, something that tied into the final link for the Maester’s Path, which had up to now covered four of the five senses. The last left? Taste.

According to HBO, Top Chef host and award-winning chef Tom Colicchio prepared special foods for five different regions covered in the series. Food trucks in NYC and L.A. would be going out, serving 300 portions of each dish over the course of two weeks, from the 28th to the 1st in NYC and the 4th to the 8th in L.A.. And how do you find them? You have to follow the Twitter or Facebook official pages to learn where the trucks will be each day.

Below are some additional details, an embed to a special HBO Buzz video with Chef Colicchio, as well as copies of the PDFs featuring his lemon cake(!) recipe as well as a sample menu.

Hodor! Interview with Kristian Nairn

This week, we’re pleased to be able to share our interview with Kristian Nairn, the 7’ tall, Northern Irish actor, musician, and DJ who plays the fan-favorite role of Hodor. Almost 40 minutes long, the podcast interview covers a wide range of topics. We’ll note that at a couple of points, including one early on, Kristian’s voice gets rather fuzzy because of technical issues, but bear with it and it’ll clear up.

Listen to our interview, and if you haven’t visited before, poke around the Features section for additional interviews with John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell), as well as articles on various topics related to the production.

Win a Trip to Northern Ireland

Sky has announced a contest, with the grand-prize being:

The winner will enjoy unique accommodation for a week at the Killyleagh Castle Towers as well as a trip to Castle Ward and Tollymore Forest Park which was a major location while filming the show.

Sky HD’s tweet adds that the winner gets to take along three companions. By the looks of it, you’ll need to be a subscriber to Sky with a Sky ID to be able to enter the competition, which means unfortunately that this is limited to U.K. residents. That’s going to be an amazing trip we have to say! Castle Ward was the site of much of the post-pilot Winterfell filming, while Tollymore Forest Park was used for several different locations, including the haunted forest beyond the Wall.

Artisans: The Props

HBO has snuck out a new Artisans video, this one with Gorden Fitzgerald, the props master. Some new shots from various locations, including a late-AGoT scene at Castle Black, and more glimpses of the Hand’s tourney, the Dothraki encampment, and more. Embed below:

Landscapes and Targaryens

HBO has sent along the hi-resolution of some of the amazing landscapes and buildings created with visual effects magic, which at 1080p should be perfectly suited to usage as wallpapers. We’ve added them—King’s Landing, the Wall, and two Winterfell images—to the Locations section of the Game of Thrones Gallery, the most extensive collection of screen caps and other images related to the series.

Also, I had not announced this previously, but the screen caps from the House Targaryen featurette are now in the Previews gallery, starting from this image.

Daenerys Profile and New Teaser

HBO’s on a tear, promoting Game of Thrones with its character profiles and previews. Adding to the character bios, they’ve now added the Catelyn Stark profile video (which was already available via Youtube) to her character bio, Daenerys’s profile video featuring Emilia Clarke and some shots of the character we haven’t seen before via HBO’s good offices, and (last but not least) the “Power” preview, which covers a lot of the ground we’ve seen before ... but adds a pounding drum soundtrack (again, we’re certain this is not from composer Ramin Djawadi) and another few snippets that are new. Including a couple of scenes from the novels we’ve not yet seen.

See below for the embeds of the Dany and “Power” videos:

Sneak Peeks in Houston and Elsewhere

The immediate question that comes up after our reporting that Canal+ Sweden is showing the first two episodes of Game of Thrones in a Stockholm theater is… what about theatrical sneak peeks in the U.S.?

As if on cue, the Studio Movie Grill CityCentre theater in Houston, Texas has proved that, yes indeed, these will be coming. Via this image posted on Twitter, we have received one of the first looks into what one of these events would look like. So if you’re in the vicinity of Houston, check the image and submit your entry into the drawing for two reserved seats for the showing on April 12th, fully five days before the premiere on HBO.

As to other cities? Well, word is HBO has some plans afoot for some other major cities, so keep an eye out…

Sneak Peek in Stockholm

Canal+ Sweden is pulling out all the stops to promote its airing of Game of Thrones beginning May 4th ... including a sneak peek in a theater in Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm! According to the schedule for April-May, on May 3rd the first two episodes will be shown by Stockholm’s Cinemateket in the Bio Filmhuset Victor, starting from 6 PM.

Entry is free, according to the program. This airing is in collaboration with the Swedish film magazine Cinema. This is not the first HBO original program they’ll be playing in a theater, though—we couldn’t help but notice that the Kate Winslet-led miniseries, Mildred Pierce, is getting a sneak peek on the 19th.

Also, amusingly, on May 8th, Cinemateket has gotten it into its head to mark the occasion by having an 80’s fantasy film marathon: The Princess Bride, Legend, and Ladyhawke will play back-to-back.

4th Link of the Maester’s Path

It’s now live, and boy, it was a tough one. There’s really two parts to this puzzle, as you try and put pages from a journal observing the seasons back into some sort of order. Here’s some hints:

  • It really does look like you can sort of decipher the texts—weird characters and all—if you know the names of the various houses represented on the pages, which the Heraldry section of the Citadel could reveal ... but we’ll just note them because, in fact, you do not in fact need to decipher the text: Baratheon, Bracken, Frey, Florent (although it’s the Florent fox, it seems what was in fact intended was Prester’s ox, because that’s the actual name under the shield), Greyjoy, Lannister, Mormont, Redwyne, Stark, Targaryen, Tully, and Tyrell.
  • BUT, if you can take the time to decipher them, do so. The Tully text is a particularly nice to the recent history of Westeros!
  • The easy part of the puzzle is figuring out which page should be uppermost between the front and back pairs. Look at the moonphases, and set them out so that the earliest part of the cycle is towards you.
  • The hard part is deciphering the order of the various pages. The key to them? Look down at the bottom. Those are numerals, and given the fact that each pair shares the same numeral, we can guess they are not page numbers. Instead, they are probably years…
  • And if they’re years, we know that the first digit—which is the same between all of them—must be either 1 or 2, making these pages covers the 100th-odd or 200-odd year since Aegon’s Landing (remember, it’s not quite the year 300 AL).
  • Could the digits under the weather symbols be helpful? Maybe, if you can guess the season based on the weather, you can make a stab at what sort of temperatures (hot or cold), and narrow down the possibilities.
  • There’s just seven digits in total used for the years, so you might be able to eliminate some from contention on that basis…

Not an easy puzzle, by any means, but a satisfying one to figure out!