Tonight HBO gave viewers their first look at some footage from the upcoming Game of Thrones in the form of a short teaser trailer. It aired during a 15-minute pre-show to the True Blood season three premiere. Here’s the full thing direct from HBO!
Winter Is Coming: Wow, wow, wow! That was amazing. Very haunting and atmospheric. Going in I didn’t know what to expect and I tried to keep my expectations low, and while there wasn’t a ton of footage, HBO still gave us fans plenty to talk about. Based on what I saw tonight, this show looks like it will satisfy even the worst skeptics. And if you are unfamiliar with George R. R. Martin’s epic tale, prepare to be sucked into the world of Westeros. David and Dan, my hats off to you. Can not wait until next spring!
Hear Me Roar: I got up early to watch the teaser once it was put online after days of eager anticipation. And it surely is true to its name. What a tease! Perhaps I hoped the cuts would be slightly longer, not almost subliminal, but with the ability to rewatch it at my pleasure, I see it was skillfully done. While the looks and the design choices are in part specific to the trailer (including the titles), it captures the atmosphere superbly. Taking ‘Winter is coming’ as the tag line was a no-brainer, we were right all along. I love the raven! And cannot wait for more, either. Now go forth and enjoy the frame-by-frame discussion in the comments.
Fire And Blood: Reiterating what’s been said, I want to point out that this tiny teaser still gives us so much more than we had. Now we have Ned Stark in all his glory. (Is that a dead badger wrapped around his neck? Dude’s hard.) I’m loving the details thus far … and y’all KNOW where I stand with Theon and his awesome non-wig. Let the blond flow, my formerly dark-haired friend. Say no to fake wigs! And yes, I am pleased they made “Winter Is Coming” their tag line. I welcome all the newcomers we’ll see with that.
UPDATE: HBO adds a Game of Thrones subsite to HBO.com with the trailer and a positively awesome shot of Sean Bean as Ned Stark!
UPDATE: Look what just popped up in my inbox from HBO. It’s Ned Stark! Click for full res view!
UPDATE: WiC reader pualo has done an excellent job in extracting some great stills from the trailer. You can view them here. Also he’s located a higher-res QuickTime version of the trailer which you can view here. Lastly, he was able to find a direct link to the wide image of Ned with Ice that HBO.com is using as their Thrones page background, check it out here. Thanks pualo!