I have had some excitement for season 4 of Game Of Thrones for awhile already but this 15 minute trailer/behind the scenes videos has certainly made even more eager for the show to return. The footage in the first minute or so looks great and certainly seems like they will keep up the pace for season 4. In the interviews in the rest of the piece we get some good insight into what is to come and what we already have seen. If you have not watched this enjoy seeing it for the first time.
I think it should go without saying but if you have not finished watching season 3 yet, don’t watch it since it certainly has spoilers in it for the end of season 3.
It is always great to see the first trailers for the new Game Of Throne TV season. In this case season 4 of the show. I will be glad/excited to have this show back. It will be interesting to see how they handle the end of book 3 A Storm of Swords that they did not get to in season 3 and what parts of book 4 Feast For Crows they get to this season. What the trailer shows for season 4 looks promising. As I said above, excited for it to be back.
This great article lays out in more detail why people should read George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones than I did in my review of the book. I think a lot of these reasons will also relate to why people should also watch the HBO series that is premiering on Sunday, April 17th. Here is an excerpt of one of the points that I liked a lot.
#8 The Story Is Driven by Realistic Human Conflicts
Martin has said that the series’ central struggle for power — the titular game of thrones played by various important people we meet — was inspired by England’s real-world War of the Roses, with its complex web of family loyalties and regional rivalries and so on. In terms of narrative fiction, I think the closest comparison is The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. A Game of Thrones combines the first film’s story of rival families violently jockeying for supremacy amid all sorts of complex conspiracies and alliances with the second film’s story of the very serious, very smart leader of one of those families trying to uncover the origin of a plot against him and his. The point is that we’re very far from rote Joseph Campbell hero’s-journey fantasy storytelling, with some dude learning it’s his destiny to defeat the Dark Lord. If you’re sick of that sort of thing, you’ll find a lot more to hook you here. This goes double if you’re the sort of person who’s ever enjoyed fictional or non-fictional war epic’s or gangster stories. “The Sopranos with swords” really is a pretty dead-on way to describe what’s going on here.
Yesterday HBO, showed the first 14 minutes of the premiere episode of Game of THrones, and as I have been with everything I have seen so far, the chunk we saw last night was just great. I simply can’t wait until it premieres in less than two weeks now.
With the premiere of Game of Thrones coming ever closer, HBO has released a plethora of videos and pictures to help promote the show. The latest trailer is below. I am starting to sound a bit like a broken record here, but another great looking video of the show and keeps me excited for its premiere on April 17th.
Pictured below is one of several new images that HBO has released, this one is of Kings Landing the capitol city of Westeros, the continent this takes place in.
Finally, HBO in connection with Comcast/XfinityTV has released short videos on four main houses, Stark, Lanister, Targaryen, and Baratheon in the show and the characters from each of those houses.
House Lanister is the family of the Queen and House Baratheon is the family of the King. House Targaryen is the family of the exiled former royal family. Finally House Stark is the main family that we follow in the books and tv show.
If a Comcast subscriber can see the videos here or a fan has uploaded all of them to youtube here
Several great pieces of news in the George R.R Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire, with finally news of a hard publication date for book five, A Dance With Dragons, set for July 11 2011. Since I just started reading the series in 2010, I have not had to wait the 5+ plus years since book four A Feast For Crows was released in October of 2005, it is still great to have a release date for the newest book.
Next we have the first full trailer for HBO’s Game of Thrones adaptation. Once again the footage looks great and keeps my interest alive for the upcoming show. The other nice piece of news we have for Game of Thrones is that HBO is going to air a 15 minute sneak preview of it on April 3rd, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the panel for HBO’s Game of Thrones series gave us some new goodies on the upcoming show. As I mentioned in the headline, we finally have a premiere date for the show based on George R.R. Martin’s books, which is April 17th. HBO screened 15 minutes from the series and reports I have read about the footage makes me all the more eager to actually see the show. There are also some great new promo photos that HBO has released.
For an overall recap of the panel, check out the links below:
This last Sunday, HBO premiered an inside look at the upcoming Game Of Thrones TV show before the season finale of Boardwalk Empire. Game of Thrones is premiering in April of 2011 on HBO.
After watching the Inside Game of Thrones feature, I have to say that I am still quite impressed with what I have seen from the HBO show and what I have read about how they are adapting George R.R. Martin’s book. From what I have seen it seems like it is shaping up to be a great show.
I just finished reading ‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin, the first book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. I discovered the series of books once HBO starting making a series of shows of it and it was a type/genre of show that I normally like. I also learned that a friend I knew from college was a big fan of the series and had good things to say about it.
The basic setting for the book is like a medieval/feudal system, with lords and a king and all that you would expect. Throughout the course of the book you follow several noble families and the events surrounding them. The broad over arching story I have heard compared to several times is that of the War of the Roses in England during medieval times. The story is not just a straight medieval adventure, it has a bit of magic and fantasy elements but they are not an over bearing influence, just enough to make the story a bit different and give it a little flair.
Martin manages to handle a large group of characters well and is able to interconnect the different stories with one another eventually once he set things up. Part of how Martin manages those characters is that in each chapter he switches between characters and rotates the chapters among a handful of them, and we see the world through their eyes in each chapter. One Being Lord Edward Stark pictured below. Normally at the end of most chapters I don’t want to leave the character I have been dealing with and start in on the new one. To Martin’s credit I normally end up just getting as interested in the next chapter as I was in the last.
The book is a good mixture of adventure, political intrigue, back stabbing, a bit of war and fighting, and good character growth as the book goes along with the historical/medieval setting I mentioned above. All of those things for me add up to a compelling story and one while it is a larger book, kept me wrapped up and wanting to keep reading until I finished it, which is what a truly good book should do.
In the end if you like a mix of adventure, some fantasy, history and political intrigue you likely will enjoy this book. It is a longer book than I normally read but the story kept me engaged and wanting to read more. Now off to read the next book in the series ‘A Clash of Kings’
Here is the official book description behind the cut.