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March 23, 2015 | 3:56 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Watch San Francisco premiere; prep for Season 5

The new season of “Game of Thrones” already had its British premiere at the Tower of London and will have its North American premiere starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time on Monday at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. You can watch coverage from the red carpet below. For the rest of us, the show doesn’t return on HBO until April 12. To those jonesing for some more dragon action, that can seem like a lifetime away — especially in terms of brutally short Westerosi lives. But just because you can’t see the new season early, doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to prepare. If past seasons have taught us anything, it’s that the narrative of this HBO series is so densely packed and richly layered that any amount of additional information will allow the story to pass […]
March 20, 2015 | 3:19 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ premiere event will be live-streamed

“Game of Thrones” fans won’t be able to attend the show’s fifth season premiere event in San Francisco — they can’t even go to Westeros — but they can do the next best thing and watch the event on their computers. Or in an open flame, if they’re a priest or priestess of R’hllor. Pretty sure prophetic flames also get Facebook. The event will be held March 23 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco and will be live-streamed on Facebook at facebook.com/GameofThrones at 6 p.m. Pacific. Fans will also be able to ask questions of the stars, including Alfie Allen, Ian Beattie, Dean-Charles Chapman, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Gillen, Conleth Hill, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Michiel Huisman, Michael McElhatton, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 3:48 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ key art spotlights Tyrion as a dragon looms in fog

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The new key art for the “Game of Thrones” fifth season has arrived to help promote the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s epic fantasy. Set to premiere April 12, the new season of the wildly popular series adapted from the work of author George R.R. Martin will introduce a large roster of new characters as it continues to follow the mixed fortunes of the key houses of Westeros. The provocative image shows the looming figure of a dragon in the mist looking down over Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) aboard a ship. A recent trailer for the season showcased an interesting conversation between Tyrion and Varys (Conleth Hill), suggesting that the disgraced dwarf might help the Seven Kingdoms install the right monarch on the Iron Throne. “The Seven Kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the […]
Jan. 30, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Epic new trailer, 18 images tease Season 5

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. (Helen Sloan/HBO)
An epic new trailer for the “Game of Thrones” fifth season has arrived along with a selection of new images from the wildly popular HBO fantasy series adapted from the work of author George R.R. Martin. HBO officially released the trailer Friday after a pirated version had surfaced online just hours after the clip made its debut at special Imax “Game of Thrones” screenings, where digitally remastered versions of Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall,” about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Battle of Castle Black, and “The Children,” which sees Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) face off against the Hound (Rory McCann) — were shown on the large-format screen. The episodes are currently screening at more than 200 Imax theaters across the country, and are scheduled to play through Feb. 5. The trailer includes a […]
Jan. 14, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

HBO delays ‘Game of Thrones’ IMAX screenings to add more theaters

“Game of Thrones” fans will have to wait a week to see a Season 5 trailer and two Season 4 episodes in IMAX. The much-hyped IMAX screenings have been delayed to allow more theaters to participate in the big-screen event. Instead of kicking off Jan. 23, as previously announced, the screenings will begin Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. and extend through Feb. 5. More than 200 theaters will be participating, up from the original 150. The showings will feature an exclusive trailer for the upcoming fifth season as well as Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall,” about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Battle of Castle Black, and “The Children,” which sees Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) face off against the Hound (Rory McCann). The episodes will be digitally remastered into IMAX format. The event […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 11:15 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ exhibition brings Westeros to Europe and Israel

A Drogon figure is one of the items on display in the touring "Game of Thrones: The Exhibition." (Helen Sloan / HBO)
“Game of Thrones” fans in Europe and Israel can join a house of Westeros, sit on the Iron Throne and see the top of the Wall at Castle Black as part of a touring exhibition devoted to the hit HBO fantasy series. “Game of Thrones: The Exhibition” is kicking off its third tour next month. Stops include London, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris with possible additional cities to be announced later. The 2015 exhibition features new installations, photo stations and Web-based interactive features. Fans can join a house of Westeros — such as Stark, Lannister or Targaryen — before entering the exhibition, ride the winch elevator to the top of the 700-foot Wall at Castle Black (thanks to an Oculus Rift virtual experience), and take a picture on the Iron Throne. The exhibition also showcases more than […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 7:43 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Two episodes, new trailer to screen in IMAX

“Game of Thrones,” HBO’s lavish fantasy series boasting television’s biggest cast, is coming to the megaplex’s biggest screen when two episodes and a new trailer screen in IMAX. For one week beginning Jan. 23, fans can see Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen and the Battle of Castle Black on the big screen, with select IMAX theaters showing Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall” and “The Children” — as well as a trailer for Season 5. The episodes will be digitally remastered into IMAX format. The event marks the first time a TV network has featured programming in IMAX theaters, according to IMAX, which has yet to release a list of participating theaters. “We couldn’t think of a series more fitting than Game of Thrones to be the first presented in IMAX,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX […]
Nov. 26, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones': First teaser features Arya Stark

The first teaser video for the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” is out, but don’t get too excited. The trailer, posted to the hit HBO series’ Twitter account, is only 10 seconds long, offering just a brief glimpse of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Arya is shown stabbing someone, holding a coin, running through trees and wrapping her hand around a sword hilt, while the voice of red priestess Melisandra (Carice van Houten) intones, “I see a darkness in you.” Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/4RhAiTR9tw — Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014 The tweet also linked to ThreeEyedRaven.com, a promotional website where fans can sign up to receive “Game of Thrones” updates via Twitter or SMS. The Three Eyed Raven, as fans know, is a reference to another child in the Stark brood […]
Aug. 04, 2014 | 2:40 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Sophie Turner promises ‘big change’ for Sansa in Season 5

Sophie Turner in the "First of His Name" episode from Season 4 of "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)
Teenage girls rarely make the wisest decisions when it comes to first love. Few people understand that fact as well as Sophie Turner, who plays the eldest daughter of House Stark on HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones.” During the series’ four seasons, Sansa Stark has found herself paying dearly for her affection for Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), the sadistic boy king — watching him order her father beheaded, enduring his cruelty at court, fearing for her safety when he threw her over for Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). (Anyone not current with the series might be advised to stop reading now — spoilers ahead.) So, is it fair to say that Sansa took some delight in the fact that Joffrey met with a grim fate at his own nuptials, an event known in the lore of the show as the […]
July 25, 2014 | 7:34 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Game of Thrones’ panel tackles Arya’s future, male nudity

Actors Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and John Bradley attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
There’s no question that the biggest news to come out of Friday’s “Game of Thrones” Comic-Con International panel was the announcement of the nine new actors who would be joining the cast of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series in its fifth season. But one of the most intriguing comments made during the hourlong session that focused mostly on audience Q&A was from the lips of Maisie Williams (who earlier in the day had been touted as a potential lead in the upcoming “The Last of Us” movie adaptation). Near the end of the presentation, she was asked about her character Arya Stark’s journey and how she viewed her alter-ego’s evolution. “She is no one,” Williams said, receiving cheers from the audience members familiar with the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired the series. The statement, though seemingly innocuous, suggests that Arya’s […]
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