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Here’s the streamable video, provided by HBO over at Making Game of Thrones:

Much as we suspected, this 10 minute piece featured both some new footage and a lot of what would be considered recap for dyed-in-the-wool fans. However, this gave us plenty of opportunity to hear from the producers and actors (including some we haven’t yet glimpsed with the production, such as Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry), and to see copius amounts of new footage. It’s hard to believe that we’re now looking at the wrap of filming in two weeks, and the first airing little more than four or so months away!

We’ll be posting our screen caps and commentary as soon as we can, though we doubt we’ll be able to finish it tonight (remember, we’re in Europe!) That said, we should soon have a few pieces up in the Previews section of Westeros’s Game of Thrones Gallery.

Inside Game of Thrones Airs Tonight

HBO‘s “Inside Game of Thrones” program will be airing tonight, starting at 8:45PM EST, just before the season finale of Boardwalk Empire. The 15-minute period will feature a few minutes of general promotion for HBO’s programming, apparently, but around 10 minutes are specifically a feature focused on Game of Thrones. What can we expect to see? We’re not sure, but our guess is that this will be an introduction to the story and the characters for the wider subscriber audience, with the intention of intriguing them. Our understanding is that any clips from the show will come from the first five episodes (running right through the Hand’s tourney), but there’s plenty of scenes we’ve yet to get a glimpse at. There’s also a hope we’ll be introduced to and get a better look at some of the actors who’ve not yet been very featured: Rory McCann as the Hound, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger, and so on.

HBO has promised that the video clip will go on-line right after it airs, on the production website Making Game of Thrones. Naturally, we’ll have it linked over at Westeros as soon as the video is available, and then we’ll indulge in watching it and commenting it. Whether we’ll be able to screencap it thoroughly or not…. we’re not sure. Possibly not, given that a 10 minute program is likely to add a hundred or more images to our already extensive Gallery, and as we’re in Europe it’ll be quite late before we can even get started.

Profiling Lysa Arryn

... or the actress playing her, in any case. Kate Dickie is profiled in the Guardian. There’s quite a lot of information about her life, how she came to become an actress, and some suggestions about the sort of roles she’s best known for, such as her Scottish BAFTA winning role in Red Road. At the very end, HBO’s Game of Thrones is mentioned:

Her next project is A Game of Thrones, an HBO series based on the fantasy books by American author George RR Martin. She just has time to tell me that her character Lysa is a “troubled, lonely” woman, at which revelation she pulls a self-mocking face: “There’s a surprise.”
More Cogman on Malta

HBO’s Making Game of Thrones official site has been updated with a brand new post, written up by writer and script editor Bryan Cogman after torrential rains caused a bit of trouble while filming was taking place at the San Anton Palace, the official residence of the President of Malta, which Bryan describes a being used because,“the courtyards, colonnades, and gardens of this 15th century palace,” are being used for the Red Keep. There’s a terrific anecdote about Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, which I heard from Bryan when I had visited the production offices.

At the end of his post, Bryan signs off with, “Righteous in Wrath.” That’s one of the many house mottoes George has created for the noble families of A Song of Ice and Fire, many of which he provided to Westeros.org for our Heraldry project. Those words belong to House Hornwood. Want to see all the mottoes? Visit the mottoes section of the Citadel’s Heraldry section!

The Hopeful Waterdancer

This one takes the cake.

Who’d have thought that Syrio Forel himself would show up in one of Joe Campo’s videos as part of his quest to land a part in Game of Thrones? Not only is it funny, it may give us just a little taste of how Syrio may sound in HBO’s TV series!

Good luck to Joe, and many thanks to Miltos for being such a good sport!

Now, can we get the Mountain into this?

Annotated 3rd Teaser Stills

It took awhile, but we managed to get our annotations from the excellent, minute-long third teaser all sorted out. You can find them starting from this page of our Previews gallery. Hope you enjoy them, and remember, next Sunday will bring us the 10 minute “Inside Game of Thrones” feature!

See the New Teaser

The brand new teaser is out, and Making Game of Thrones has kindly placed it up on the web for all of us to enjoy!

What’d you think of it?

You can find our annotated stills starting here.

For those wondering, the music from the trailer was provided by Sencit Music, who’ve provided scoring for teasers including Inception.

Artisans Screencaps Updated

We have completed annotating the latest two Artisans videos (featuring set decorator Richard Roberts and weapons master Tommy Dunne), starting from the second row of our Behind the Scenes gallery. Some terrific details here, from shots of the Red Keep’s interior to a myriad of amazing weapons including Ice and Needle.

Remember, this evening HBO will be airing a brand new teaser for the show, and we’ve already annotated the preview for next Sunday’s “Inside Game of Thrones” as well as the brand new, high-res gallery of production stills featuring many favorite characters.

Inside Game of Thrones Promo

Making Game of Thrones has kindly shared the promo for the upcoming “Inside Game of Thrones” promotional documentary due next Sunday, December 5th. Here’s the embed. Our annotated screencap gallery can be found in the Previews section of the gallery, starting here:

High-res Game of Thrones Images

EW’s exclusive images are now available at Making Game of Thrones. We’ve also placed them in our own gallery, with commentary concerning the appearances of costumes and locales that may be of interest.

More gallery images to be added soon, we hope.

Important Update on 3rd Teaser

HBO has clarified that the promo showing up tonight before the 8PM film is, in fact, a promo spot for the Inside Game of Thrones 15-minute program which we’ve already reported on. It may well contain some new, quick shots that give a sense of what the promo piece will show on December 5th before the Boardwalk Empire finale, but it’s not the promised 3rd teaser.

Instead, the new 3rd teaser will start airing on Sunday, not Saturday. Again, we fully expect it will air just before or just after Boardwalk Empire, but we’ll try to get more specific information.

3rd Game of Thrones Teaser Upcoming

HBO has not only confirmed last night’s report of a 15-minute long “Inside Game of Thrones” program on Sunday, December 5th, but they’ve also revealed that there’s going to be a brand new teaser scheduled to air this Saturday and

Sunday.

We don’t have specific times as of yet, but we’d expect the teasers to air in the vicinity of major original programming (after or before this weekend’s Boardwalk Empire seems a likely bet), and in any case we’re told that they will be placed on the Making Game of Thrones site in short order. Expect Westeros.org to provide its usual embedded links and thorough analysis when we get a hold of them out here!

Additional: HBO indicated to us that it will run just before the 8PM film, so we’re thinking tuning in at 7:45 would be a good idea to make sure you don’t miss it on your TV screen.

Inside Game of Thrones

Thanks to a tweet, it seems we’ve discovered that HBO is getting ready to roll out the big promotional guns for Game of Thrones starting December 5th, which happens to be the finale of their big costume drama, Boardwalk Empire. At first there was some confusion… but a quick check with ogebaba led me to HBO’s on-line schedule. Put in Game of Thrones and what you get is two showings on Sunday, at 8:45 and 11:45, of what’s said to be a 15 minute program. You can see the initial listing here. The program description is, “A special sneak preview of the highly anticipated HBO series Game of Thrones”.

After that, the program will be put into regular rotation at least through January 6th, though it’s listed as being 10 minutes there. At a guess, the 15 minute version could contain some exclusive, one-time extras like a scene… or it could be material connected to Boardwalk or other programming. Regardless, at least 10 minutes of Game of Thrones-centric material seems a shoe-in.

The question is then ... what’s the material? At a guess, we’re likely to see some of the Artisans material, at least, which has not been aired on HBO as far as we know. But it seems quite likely that there’ll be at least something new as well.

Thanks to long-time forum member ogbebaba for tipping us off!

Bradley Confirmed and a Different Smith

George R.R. Martin has confirmed that David Bradley, best known as Harry Potter’s Argus Filch, has been cast as Walder Frey. See our previous post on the matter.

In that item, we also noted GRRM had confirmed that the role of Donal Noye was not being cast, at least not for this season. However, HBO has confirmed that Andrew Wilde (via Winter is Coming. Tobho Mott is the wealthy foreign armorer who is visited by Lord Eddard during his time in King’s Landing. Scenes featuring him, and Joe Dempsie (cast as his bull-headed apprentice Gendry), were already filmed in Malta some weeks back.

David Bradley as Walder Frey?

That’s where GRRM’s clues seem to be pointing that way, as a number of fans have been commenting on the web and Twitter. David Bradley, presently best known for his role as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, fits the clues to a tee. Born in 1942, the actor was part of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre (hence the Olivier name check), played Cohen the Barbarian in one of the Pratchett adaptions (Cohen being a parody of Conan the Barbarian, presently being played by Jason Momoa, aka Khal Drogo), was in Nicholas Nickleby (Dickens), Vanity Fair (Thackeray), and been in an adaption of The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer).

It’s an interesting choice, in that the actor is about twenty years younger than Lord Walder is in A Game of Thrones, but his acting credentials can’t be denied, including a 1991 Olivier Award for his portrayal of the Fool in King Lear with the Royal National Theatre. Below is a clip featuring him in a similar role, as Henry VIII’s fool, Will Somers, in The Tudors:

As an extra note, in the comments to his post, GRRM notes that Castle Black’s one-armed blacksmith, Donal Noye, is not appearing (at least not in the first season). I’ve heard that Tyrion Lannister will be getting much of his role in the first novel (don’t worry, he’s not losing an arm!)