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International Exhibition Returns

The Game of Thrones exhibition of previous seasons is making a come back for season 4, with some brand new exhibits included. Spanning three continents and six countries, starting January 27th in New York City. The full press release, and the list of dates and locations, can be found below:

On the Set of Season 4

Now that the trailer is out, it’s no great surprise that HBO has started providing more material for fans to feast their eyes on. First up? A brand new entry in the “On the Set” series of videos, this one introducing season 4 to fans as it zooms about the four countries in which the past season was filmed, talks to executive producers and other key members of cast and crew alike, and gives us a few glimpses of some new locations and characters.

The video is embedded below:

Worldbuilders Charity Auction

Worldbuilders, the charitable organization founded by writer Patrick Rothfuss, is currently running a fundraising auction via Ebay, and there are a number of items that may be of interesting to fans of Game of Thrones, thanks to a number of replicas and busts donated by Valyrian Steel—official license holders to replicas of both A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones weapons and armor—to the effort. Some of the limited editions up for auction include Loras Tyrell’s helm from the tourney scene in season 1 (probably the most beautiful single piece of armor created for the show to date), the Hound’s helm,  Robb Stark’s sword, and a Stark man-at-arms shield.

Also of note, a hardcover copy of A Feast for Crows, signed by George R.R. Martin, and licensed Game of Thrones busts and statues made by Dark Horse.

Definitely worth checking out, as it’s all for a good cause!

New Inside Game of Thrones Book Announced

After the success of last year’s book penned by writer and producer Bryan Cogman, it should be no surprise that HBO has announced a new book for Fall 2014 publication, written by Cat Taylor (assistant to the executive producers, and writer of the missives on the official Making Game of Thrones blog). It doesn’t seem that it can be preordered on Amazon.com as yet, but below you’ll find the details revealed in the press release:

Watch the New Game of Thrones Trailer

Here it is, folks:

Lots and lots of dialog, glimpses of intriguing scenes… should be a bit of excitement for everyone! Season 4 premieres on April 6th.

We’ve begun to collect images from the video, with some commentary, starting here and moving on towards page 1.

Teaser Trailer Released

Not exactly the usual way for one of these to get out there, but thanks to a tip from The Rabbit, it looks like HBO Adria has put out a brief teaser trailer, which adds a bit of new footage that we’ve not yet seen. We’re guessing that they’ll all be glimpsed in the full trailer due this Sunday, but until there, he’s a chance to whet your appetite:

First Glimpses of Season 4 on Vine

The social media platform of the moment, Vine, is playing host to five “Vines”—very short videos—from HBO, featuring moments from season 4! You can find the official videos all gathered at the Game of Thrones Vine page, but here’s a taste, with some brief comments—note it contains spoilers!

Mark Your Calendar: Game of Thrones Returns on April 6

HBO has just blasted out a press release revealing that season 4 of Game of Thrones will be premiering on April 6…. and that the first trailer—an extended trailer, at that—will be appearing on HBO this Sunday, right before the premiere of True Detective (which, I should add, looks fantastic, and has been getting some rave reviews; sounds like more must-watch TV!)

So, now a date’s in place, and a trailer is coming, and we expect to soon have some of the first official cast stills coming our way.

For those without HBO, never fear about the trailer, by the way: it will of course show up on HBO.com and the official Youtube channel.

Michiel Huisman Becomes a Regular

Over at TV Line, Michael Ausellio broke some interesting news: Michiel Huisman, the Dutch actor who was recast into the role of Daario Naharis, has secured a place in the as-yet-unannounced-but-absolutely-inevitable 5th season. And not just any place, but as a member of the regular cast of the series. Not wholly unexpected, this, but it’s interesting that it’s being confirmed now and basically proves that the producers and HBO are already looking to getting season 5 set up.

As is usual with HBO, we expect that an official renewal won’t be announced until after season 4 premieres… and as we all know, the official premiere date has not been announced, yet. Will the TCA winter press tour—the cable portion of which begins on January 9—provide us more information? We’ll have to wait and see.

Game of Thrones Screenings in Santa Fe

As the holidays approached, George R.R. Martin shared the news that his theatre, the Jean Cocteau in Santa Fe, New Mexico, would begin to host screenings of the first three seasons of Game of Thrones. Today marks the start of the screenings, starting with the first three episodes of season one. The marathon series of screenings will take place more or less weekly, up to March 24th, and GRRM himself will be in attendance at some of the screenings to introduce the episodes and answer questions. Notably, the screenings will be entirely free, although it will be first come, first served at the small theatre.

Below, you’ll find the full schedule of the screenings:

Which, as it happens, w

First Look at Season 4

Thanks to HBO‘s usual end-of-year recap video, which looks at what the cabler has aired over the past year… and then gives a taste at what’s to come, we finally have our first video footage of season 4 of Game of Thrones! In the video below, starting at the 1:38 mark, a handful of quick glimpses from the highly-anticipated fourth season gives a taste of what’s to come. Of course, there are some spoilers herein, so view at your own discretion!

For some discussion of what we’re seeing, see below the cut.

Telltale Confirms Game of Thrones Game

As rumored, Spike’s VGX awards became the outlet for Telltale Games to announce that they are, indeed, creating a Game of Thrones game due out in 2014:

At the 1:48 mark of the program video, VGX hosts Geoff Keighley and Joel McHale interview Telltale Games developers about the game, drawing out a few more details. Chief among them is that, contrary to some speculation, the game is based on the TV license. The books are a resource, but it will be visually dependent on the show, and the developers hope to have some of the TV show’s actors involved in voicing the game. It is too early in the development process for them to discuss plotlines or characters, but it’s safe to say the game will be in a similar mold to Telltales’s award-winning The Walking Dead game, which was specifically cited as an influence in HBO’s decision to agree to the game.

Another Spoilery Casting

A previously noted casting—that of child actress Octavia Selena Alexandru—has now had her role attached to it, revealed online via her agency. But for those who’ve not yet read A Dance with Dragons, lets just say her role is something of a spoiler… and so we’ll be sticking it below the cut.

Season 3 Bluray and DVD Details Revealed

HBO has sent out a press release containing a host of new details for the Season 3 Boxset (Pre-order: US Bluray, US DVD, UK Bluray, UK DVD), setting its release date as February 18th.

The press release details start below, including an exclusive sneak peek by way of USA Today:

Featuring one of the most shocking episodes of all time, the third season of the HBO® series Game of Thrones captured headlines and captivated audiences with its gruesome battles and political intrigue. The season was “bigger than ever” (Entertainment Weekly) - and the most nominated series at the 2013 Emmy® Awards. Bring home a piece of TV history when Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray with HBO Select ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital Download on February 18, 2014. Game of Thrones is consistently the hottest BD/DVD title on the home entertainment charts, with seasons one and two currently ranked as the fastest-selling TV-on-BD releases of all time. The BD and DVD sets are packed with special features that further explore the characters, families and politics that populate the richly drawn world of Westeros.

In Season 3, the battling families of the Seven Kingdoms continue to fight for power as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested and cruel fates are met. The Lannisters barely hold on to power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power. Robb Stark, King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters, and beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen - reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons - attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne for herself.

Bonus Material

The Blu-ray with HBO Select and DVD bonus materials in Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season contain multiple featurettes, extended and deleted scenes, and audio commentaries. Additional features on the BD release include interactive guides, illustrated histories, and an extensive feature on the creation of “The Rains of Castamere,” containing nearly two hours of never-before-seen material, as well as new looks at the infamous “Red Wedding.”

Styr the Magnar of Thenn Cast

Via James Hibberd over at EW, fans have learned that Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov has been cast in the role of Styr, the Magnar of Thenn. “Magnar” is a word in the Old Tongue of the First Men, meaning “lord”. The Thenns are an isolated group of wildlings from the far, far north of the inhabited lands beyond the Wall, and in the novels they treat the Magnar almost as a deity. The character is introduced early in A Storm of Swords—in fact, Jon at first mistakes him for Mance Rayder—but obviously the show trimmed the character from the corresponding season…. and now he’s back. It will be interesting to see his role, given his later introduction, but it’s likely a safe bet that he’ll be involved in the penultimate episode of season 4, directed by Neil Marshall.