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First Episodes Synopsis

Although we’ve already reported the titles of the first two episodes, this new press release from HBO provides more detail, especially in terms of an extensive synopsis for “Winter is Coming” and “The Kingsroad”. The first two episodes were directed by Tim van Patten. There are some spoilers in these write-ups.

Fear and Blood Gallery

The Fear and Blood teaser has now been screen capped, with our usual commentary. Over fifty images from this one, with only a handful which closely duplicate anything we’ve captured before. Of particular note in this video are our first look at Winterfell from a distance, a beautiful shot of King’s Landing, and more. We have quite a bit to say regarding the Winterfell shot in particular, in relation to the books. All in all, this show is obviously going to be a feast for eyes!

You can find the start of the images here, and the first shot here.

Targaryen Featurette

HBO has now released several of the new featurettes which we’ve previously posted about as being available at TV.com, both the Baratheon and Lannister featurettes… and one that was not available there, featuring House Targaryen, which you can see embedded below. 720p is always nice to see!

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More Videos from Fancast

And now there’s a veritable bonanza of new videos, as Fancast has many videos up in a clips section. Many of them are described as portrait pieces, highlighting a number of the significant characters of the series, including Daenerys, Jon Snow, and King Robert. Others are behind-the-scenes pieces, including 7 minutes on weapons and 7 more minutes of stunts and fight choreography.

Although it was suggested you had to be a Comcast subscriber to see the videos at this time, although some reports claim that’s not the case. Whatever the truth, it certainly seems those outside of U.S. (e.g. us) can’t see them, so here’s hoping that there’s a short exclusivity window and HBO will be releasing them soon! But for those in the U.S., or at least those who are Comcast subscribers, here’s a couple of embeds to whet your appetite

Lannister and Baratheon Feauterettes

Oh, man, Christmas has come very early indeed, as TV.com has the first look at two of the forthcoming featurettes, featuring House Lannister and House Baratheon. See them below. The Lannister featurette gives us our first look at Charles Dance at Lord Tywin(!) and the Baratheon featurette gives us our first look at Gethin Anthony as Lord Renly and a brief glimpse at Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister… at the boar hunt scene.

More Posters from HBO

IGN has posted an exclusive gallery containing four, brand new official posters for HBO’s Game of Thrones. The posters feature quotes from each character. Ned gets, “Winter is Coming”, of course. Daenerys’s picture—which shows her with a dragon egg—has, “I do not have a gentle heart,” which is a new line (though may be referencing a line from Jorah in the novel). Robert’s is a new line, “Killing things clears my head,” as is Cersei’s, one which we’ve heard before, “Everyone but us is the enemy.”

It looks like these were taken at the same photo shoot where they shot the Iron Throne teaser. Terrific shots, and great quotes, that help give a sense of the characters.

New Set Visit Photos

I’ve received permission from HBO to post a few more photos that were taken by Parris McBride, GRRM’s wife, while we were visiting the production in Belfast. The image to the right may be of particular interest, depicting as it does the Scottish actor James Cosmo—probably best remembered by many film fans from his role a the elder Campbell in Braveheart—in full costume as Lord Commander Mormont. There’s also a photo of John Bradley-West and Mark Stanley together in the Castle Black set.

You can see these images from my set visit here. An index of my full reports, which feature some of these images as well as some choice selection of official images and screenshots, can be found here.

LA Times on Game of Thrones

The L.A. Times pop culture site, Hero Complex, has a new story featuring Game of Thrones. With an extensive look at executive producers and lead writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, this is certainly one of the most interesting articles we’ve read of late concerning HBO’s new series. We particularly like the suggestion at the end that both appear keen to remain as showrunners for the duration.

Maester’s Path: 3rd Puzzle

The third link in the Maester’s Path is now online! This is another great puzzle from HBO and Campfire, featuring the Night’s Watch and the Wall!

Stark Featurette Gallery

We’ve screen captured and commented the latest featurette introducing the Starks, and there’s certainly some great images of the characters, the locations, and some other odds and ends. Winter is coming indeed…

You can see the gallery (totalling 40 new shots—we avoided duplicating images we have from prior previews) starting here in the bottom row, with the first image being this image from the very cool map (hope they sell posters of these at some point!) that shows some of the locations in the Seven Kingdoms that fans all know and love.

We’re holding off on the screen capture of the “Fear and Blood” trailer for a bit, to see if HBO will release a 720p version.

UK Tie-in Cover

Voyager has announced that the U.K. tie-in cover for A Game of Thrones—retitled Game of Thrones to match the HBO series’ title—can now be seen at Amazon.co.uk. Much as expected, they’re using the official poster art from HBO, featuring Sean Bean as Ned Stark on the Iron Throne. A great, moody image that’s sure to help sell books. HBO has recently released t-shirts featuring the image.

New Teaser & Featurette

Making Game of Thrones has posted up two brand new videos, a teaser and a House Stark featurette! See them below:

Jamie Sives Interview

Jamie Sives, who plays Jory Cassel, has been interviewed by SweetSigma, a fan of the actor and Sigma Films, with which he has been associated. Some interesting tidbits regarding his familiarity with the books, his fellow Scottish actors on the production, and more.

New T-Shirt Featuring Poster Art

We had rather expected that HBO would find a way to get the official poster art into the hands of fans, but we had expected that to be ... well, with a poster. It turns out they have a better idea: a brand new t-shirt. It’s certainly a great shirt concept, with the Iron Throne and Sean Bean. You can find it, and some other terrific t-shirts, over at the HBO Shop.

Hopefully the wait won’t be too much longer for a poster, as we suspect that one will do brisk business for HBO.

Updated About Game of Thrones Video

HBO has released a new(ish) video to TV Com, iTunes, and possibly other videos. Using a lot of material we’ve seen before, it does also include a handful of new clips—including our very first look at Lysa Arryn and her son Robin on the weirwood seat of the Eyrie, a new shot of Khal Drogo, and a look at the men-at-arms of the Arryns riding up towards the screen.