Spring may be here but winter is coming. Cordially invited by HBO my sister and I attended the highly anticipated ‘Game of Thrones‘ season 4 premiere, held in New York, at Lincoln Center‘s Avery Fisher Hall. Unlike other high-profiled premieres, HBO partnered with Facebook to telecast the night’s initial festivities, treating the core of the show’s success…the fans, with an opportunity to view the red carpet. Sabrina Caluori, HBO’s vice president of digital and social media stated: “The fans have made Game of Thrones a global phenomenon, so we wanted to give them an opportunity to be a part of the excitement on red carpet premiere night,” (mashable).
After the excitement of the red carpet died down it seems those who were watching at home weren’t the only ones who were in for a surprise. As we took our seats, all guests were forewarned by a ominous medieval voice, that no recorded devices were permitted during the viewing, or guilty individuals would be “executed”. Then just as I was questioning the verity of the warning, the esteemed New York Philharmonic Orchestra took the stage and played several scores from the show including the ‘Rains of Castamere’ (the opening melody), washing away any fears I had of losing my head.
The premiere then proceeded with a few words from D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. College friends, and Writers/Producers of the show, recalled the stark differences (no pun intended) since the show’s beginning, stating years ago of being in a theatre much like the one we were in at that moment, but with a contrasting outcome, since that night was not packed with excited guests, but instead with just a few who would decide the fate of bringing Author, George R.R. Martin’s ’Game of Thrones’ to the HBO network.
Most of the key actors from this extensive cast were in attendance; Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Rory McCann (Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane) Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Aidan Gillen ( Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish) to name a few but the most exciting part of the night was the introduction to the man who created Game of Thrones very existence, Author and Screenwriter, George R. R. Martin. For those who are not familiar with the history of this high fantasy novel, ‘Game of Thrones’ is actually just one of five volumes in the series, ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ (which is now extending to seven volumes). The premise of the series takes place in Essos and Westeros, in which several predominate families, the Starks and Lannisters induce a dynastic war for control of the latter continent. Other contributing factors threaten the relm as well; supernatural beings called the Others; an insidious supernatural race who once invaded the Westeros leaving turmoil and death in their path that not only brought a night that lasted a generation but a winter that lasted decades, coupled with the fury of Daenerys Targaryen. The exiled daughter of a king, murdered in a civil war shortly before her birth, Targaryen known as Khalessi, “Mother of Dragons” seeks to return to Westeros, accompanied by her three dragons to claim the iron throne, which is hers by birthright.
As the lights dimmed we watched the first episode of season 4 and to be honest, there are really no words to describe what you are in store for except for moments with Arya Stark and Jaime Lannister, two characters besides Daenerys Targaryen, I am quite interested in seeing develop. I can say this (without fear of a spoiler alert), episode one does continue to foreshadow the impeding doom that will affect everyone in the Westeros area…winter is definitely coming.
Party buses were then provided to transport attendees to the after party held at the American Museum of Natural History, which fulfilled a life long dream of mine; roaming the halls of a museum at night, with an additional plus, as exhibits of the show’s beautifully intricate wardrobe were sporadically displayed within the space. Along with scrumptious food, great music and even better conversation, my sister and I had a blast, but since pictures do tell a thousand words, here is a behind the scenes look at the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere/after-party, plus a sneak peek trailer of season 4.
Photos courtesy: getty/Jamie McCarthy
Emilia Clarke, Richard Plepler, Peter Dinklage, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson and Michael Lombardo
Emilia Clarke, Jack Gleeson, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams
Charles Dance, Erica Schmidt and Peter Dinklage, Kristofer Hivju and Aidan Gillen
Rory McCann, Kristian Nairn, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Alfie Allen and Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Nathalie Emmanuel, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie and Gwendoline Christie
*Photos: Cipriana Quann unless otherwise noted
Photo: Dave Allocca StarTraks
Actress, Sibel Kekilli (Previous Photos: Marion Curtis/StarTraks)
With my twin sister, Lyricist/Singer/Songwriter, TK Wonder
D.B. Weiss, Amanda Peet and David Benioff
Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke
Kristian Nairn, Isaac Hempstead Wright
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner
Author, George R.R. Martin and John Bradley (5 previous photos courtesy of getty/ Jamie McCarthy)
With Actress, Sibel Kekilli who plays character 'Shae'. Sibel was absolutely beautiful inside and out.
Gold Hand Turquoise "The BG" bracelet courtesy of PR Series
Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 6th, 9PM EST