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.
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.
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...
Bryan Cogman (Twitter) probably needs very little introduction to the inner core of fans who’ve been hanging on every word of the show, but in brief, Bryan is the right-hand man of the executive producers of Game of Thrones, beginning as an assistant in the early stages of first season’s preparations and moving on to work as a script editor (sort of) and eventually a writer (episode 4) for the first season.
Perhaps his most important capacity, however, has been the “keeper of the mythos”, or as he puts it, “the reference guy,” for the show. That makes him near and dear to fans, and we suspect all the more so when you learn that his fandom predated his involvement with the show…
Read the interview, and let us know what you think!
Not a sneak preview, but something potentially just as cool. The Studio Booth, a company specializing in “multidisciplinary event photography company specializing in customized interactive photo experiences”, has tweeted that they’re going to be at Wondercon in San Francisco from April 1st to April 3rd, and they’re clearly going there on behalf of HBO to promote Game of Thrones.
Looking at the Exhibitor’s List at the Wondercon site, we notice HBO is listed as having booth #341, so we’re guessing where that’s going to be. In the S.F. area, or planning to be at Wondercon? Go check it out and report back!
Edited to add: Someone working at Wondercon—probably in getting it set up for tomorrow—has spotted the Iron Throne!
HBO has been giving fans a lot of new things to look at! First up are these house wallpapers, featuring the Great Houses that figure in some significant fashion in the first season—no Tyrells or Martells… yet. We rather love the Arryn, as it gives us a less stylized design. There’s no moon, of course, where there ought to be, but that’s pretty good; now, if only they’d just do it as George intended…
And besides that, there’s a number of videos at the GameOfThrones Youtube/ that appear to either have been quietly updated or uploaded. Arya and Sansa can now be seen in their full, 720p glory, and most significantly of all, an 8+ minute video on the costumes that’s very insightful regarding the thinking behind Michele Clapton’s approach.
Videos that were earlier Comcast exclusive are now starting to appear on the official Youtube channel, including profiles for Jon Snow, Queen Cersei, and King Robert, plus a 3.5 minute long “Invitation to Westeros” piece. For those who’ve had trouble seeing the profiles on HBO’s own site, this is an excellent option for seeing them! Unfortunately, some of the latest videos are not in the 720p we’re accustomed to; those are probably exclusive to Comcast Xfinity for the time being.
HBO has heeded the call, and have now placed the main one-sheet plus the additional character posters up for sale at the HBO Store. Want Ned, Dany, Jon, Robert, or Cersei on your wall? This is an excellent way to make it happen. I’d suggest figuring out some order of precedence so that no one’s at anyone else’s throat… which is probably a tall order, all considered. Or is it?
One supposes Dany, Ned, Robert, Jon, Cersei would be relatively uneventful…
Yeah, okay, that was geeky.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.