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Wall Street Journal and Harington Interview

The Wall Street Journal has a great article on the production of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which notes a couple of tidbits likely to make fans salivate. First up, a hint as to where the production may do some filming if it goes forward:

¨Before production began, fans posted renderings online of how they imagined colorful King’s Landing, the lush, chilly Winterfell and the eerie blood-covered Castle Black. “I of course ignored all of that because I wanted to make it my own world,” production designer Gemma Jackson said from Croatia, where she was scouting locations for season two before heading to Turkey.

Making Of Video

The new “Making of…” video has been released. Wonderful, wonderful stuff, as always ... especially that opening theme at the 22:38 mark, right? ;)

Mo Ryan Interviews Benioff and Weiss

A brand new interview with David Benioff and Dan Weiss as gone live over at AOL, courtesy of critic (and A Song of Ice and Fire fan—she knows whereof she speaks!) Maureen Ryan. This one’s good ... and that last paragraph is spoilerish, if you haven’t read the books ... but if you have, that should cause a bit of pleasure.

Go over and read it!

Interviewing Gethin Anthony

The role of Lord Renly Baratheon was one that many fans were interested in seeing cast. Filling the role is Gethin Anthony, who brings his talents to bear on a character whose role in this season culminates in a crucial decision . . . and who may well go on to become one of the chief players of the game of thrones if a second season is commissioned. Below is our interview with the actor, discussing his early career, the auditioning process, his views on Renly and Renly’s family, and more…

Read the interview.

Sneak Peeks in San Francisco and London

The San Francisco State University is holding a special advance screening of the first episode of Game of Thrones today, between 6PM and 7PM. First come, first served seating, though they prefer that those attending have an interest in television as an art form. See the Facebook page for more details.

On top of that, the UK’s BAFTA has a free screening on the 15th which sounds particularly interesting, as there’ll be a Q&A with the “creative talent behind the production”. There are limited free tickets available, which you can request via e-mail.

May 8 on HBO in Latin America, Caribbean

Se acerca el invierno! HBO Latin America—which covers a dizzying array of countries—has just updated their schedule into next month. There, they reveal that Game of Thrones will be airing on May 8th on HBO in the countries it serves. Among them? Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Jamaica, Panama, Colombia, Chile, and many more!

We’ll update our International Air Date listing accordingly. We expect HBO Latin America may soon have a formal announcement, if they haven’t released it already.

Media Surge: Interviews and Reviews

Coverage of Game of Thrones is bigging to reach tidal wave-proportions. EW and io9 now have GoT-specific categories, the New Yorker has spoken with George, as has the New York Times, Jason Momoa has given a terrific, fun interview… Lets link some of those up, for those who are eager to get at them:

International Interest High

According to a short piece in Variety, HBO’s Game of Thrones is likely to be HBO’s biggest seller in international markets! Citing that Boardwalk Empire, which was HBO’s best-selling series to international markets (with licenses sold to some 160 countries), the article notes:

Bidding wars broke out among European webs determined to licence the show… Schreger, said, “We knew we had a pair of hot properties in ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ but buyers’ interest in ‘Thrones’ is phenomenal.”

The article goes on to note some new international market sales that have been eagerly awaited: TNT Serie will air the show in Germany, while Telenet will broadcast it in Belgium. Showtime in Australia is now fully confirmed, as well. The article adds that deals are in the works for Italian, Japanese, and Russian market sales.

We’ve updated our international air dates listing accordingly.

Fifteen Minute Preview

As promised, here’s the first fifteen minutes of the first episode of Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming”:

Visit the forum to discuss it. The series will premiere April 17 at 9PM ET. Be there!

Our Early Impressions

As we’ve noted, HBO very kindly sent us the six episode screeners that critics received earlier last week, and we’ve rather devoured them all. Linda and I have spent a good deal of time considering and discussing them, and we’ve written an article sharing—in a non-spoiler way—our first impressions. It’s very long, so for those who haven’t the time, here’s our final paragraph that sums things up:

From the point of view of extremely invested fans such as ourselves, the things that we wish were there that aren’t give us a pang, but there’s so much to be joyful about, the gracenotes, the acting,  the visuals, the direction, and the writing [or, to put it more clearly, Linda and I loved it even while feeling that some things had to be sacrificed that we’re sorry to not have on the screen]. But we need to emphasize that we don’t believe that viewers unfamiliar with the books will have the same concern. There’s enough meat in the show, there’s enough depth, that those who are entirely new to it will find something to enjoy. It is really well done fantasy, unlike anything ever produced for television. It is a quality drama, a rewarding one, and we think those who stick through the dizzying number of characters, plotlines, and locations in the first two episodes will be appropriately hooked. If you want the full depth and complexity of the world, all the nuances and subtleties, there’s always the books to turn to.

If you want more, read out first impressions.

Evening Standard Talks Game of Thrones

To add to the media coverage, here’s the U.K.‘s Evening Standard magazine feature on Game of Thrones, interviewing three of the younger stars of the show: Harry Lloyd (who proves the anecdotes we had about geeking out over the books), Richard Madden, and Emilia Clarke. Some excellent material, from the fact that Richard insisted on carrying his “hero” sword (the one out of actual steel) as much as possible rather than the lighter cast resin or aluminum weapons, to Emilia’s efforts to write a movie script of her own.

Win the Throne Contest

HBO has unveiled Win the Throne, a social networking game featuring minigames, intrigues, and various rewards. Grand prize? A cool $10,000, plus there’s an additional prize for Comcast subscribers only of $10,000 (only one grand prize per winner). Plus a number of lesser prizes, like gift cards, T-shirts, and so on.

The game sounds fun. The only downside? It’s U.S. only, at least as far as prizes go. Ah, well. The minigames sound like they may be fun to play all on their own, even if you don’t play the game of thrones…

The Title Sequence

We’re not going to review the show just yet after the episodes we saw, although we hope we might give some vague first impressions soon, but we feel compelled to make a special note to highlight just how amazing the opening titles for the show are. Gorgeously produced, innovative, and best of all completely acknowledging the breadth and scale of the setting. And for our money, it’s much cooler than what the pilot script allegedly described, which was simply a raven flying over a map of Westeros from point to point; that was a good idea, but this ... this is inspired.

Episode Titles through Episode 7

Via MSN.com, we now have the episode titles for episodes 5 through 7. Episode 5 is “The Wolf and the Lion”, episode 6 is “A Golden Crown”, and episode 7 (this is a new one for Linda and I) is, “You Win or You Die”. With GRRM’s episode 8 title of “The Pointy End” already known, this just leaves the final two episodes to be titled.

Media Covers Game of Thrones

Entertainment Weekly is leading the way among the major media, being what can be considered the first US media out of the gate with major coverage of Game of Thrones, with a featured article in this week’s issue, an open call for fans to submit questions for the cast and crew, and an exclusive gallery of ten new photos. We expect a lot more content is coming in short order.

On top of that, it seems the embargo on reviews is going up in the U.K., because Den of Geek has the very first, spoiler-free review of the first episode and interviews with Alfie Allen and Emilia Clarke, while back in the states the Grand Old Lady of newspapers, the New York Times, features an interview with George R.R. Martin about the series.

Finally, on a very different note, here’s this fascinating article on Mixonline—a website for audio industry professionals—regarding the sound mixing and editing on Game of Thrones. We do love these behind-the-scenes pieces.

Now, as for ourselves, we have something to watch...