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Meet the New Production Designer

The Making Game of Thrones blog has posted a new season 4 video, this time introducing the show’s new production designer, Deborah Riley. A lot of glimpses of new sets, discussion of all the work that is involved in one of the most intricate television productions in the world, and also some glimpses of characters old (in brand new costumes, in some cases) and new:

On a related note, the Game of Thrones production has a tremendous crew working for it, many of them Northern Ireland locals, so it’s no surprise that Belfast’s growing reputation as a place with a lot of skilled craftsmen and production workers has led to more demand for studio space to accommodate more productions.

Stills from Season 4

HBO has finally released some official stills from season 4 of Game of Thrones—premiering April 6th—and there’s the usual lovely assortment of images of actors…

.... but for fans of the novels, perhaps the most important one is the one that features the first good look at Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand, with that character’s lover, the Dornish prince Oberyn Martell, also known as the Red Viper. There’s many more images to be found, however, totalling fifteen showing off some new costumes, hinting at some key relationships, and more (including, for that matter, the first good look at Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis.

You can find them at our gallery.

A Foreshadowing of the Foreshadowing

Ahead of the February 9th airing of the 15 minute-long season 4 preview feature, HBO has released a promotional video giving a taste of what’s to come:

Just one tiny bit of new footage, I believe, featuring Joffrey with a sword (fans will know what that’s about). The real fun comes February 9th.

Game of Thrones Featurette Due February 9

HBO has just sent out a news blast with information that should be of interest to fans of Game of Thrones: a 15 minute featurette will air prior to February 9’s airing of True Detective (great show, by the by) , titled Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing. The featurette promises to have “clips from upcoming episodes, behind-the-scenes-footage, interviews with talent, and cast members’ answers to questions posed by fans.” Should contain yet more glimpses of new things from Season 4, set to debut on April 6th.

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.