For the most devoted fans, HBO's forthcoming TV adaptation has been almost 15 years in the making. George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy "Game of Thrones" has received the esteemed home box office treatment and will premiere in just thirteen days! So far we've seen tantalizing trailers, posters and exclusive chats with Martin himself and a few key cast members.
Now, winter is here a little bit early -- well, mostly! -- as HBO has released the first fifteen minutes of the "Game of Thrones" pilot. I don't want to spoil it for everyone, but for those who don't have access to the video just yet, read our brief summary after the jump.
The series opens, as in the book, with three members of The Night Watch crossing over to the other side of The Wall, where they have an unfortunate encounter with the dangerous, seemingly mythical beings known as The Others. Cut to Westeros, specifically a domestic scene in the city of Winterfell, wherein the young Stark ladies, Sansa and Arya, are learning needlepoint. The younger of the two, and the lady least interested in learning generic girl things, Arya, is distracted by her brothers learning Archery outside, where we see/meet Jon Snow, Bran Stark, Robb Stark, Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark and Catelyn Stark.
The playful scene is disrupted by the news that a drifter from the Night's Watch has been captured and will therefore need to be killed. Lord Eddard has his boys saddle up to bear witness (the drifter is one of the men we met in the opening, who tries to tell his executioners that he saw The Others, aka "The White Walkers"). Lord Eddard is later shown explaining his actions to his young son, Bran. "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword," he says. Bran then asks why the man mentioned The Others, and his father points out the fact that The Others haven't been seen or heard of in thousands of years, which casts further ominous elements upon the scene... and fade to black.
Keep checking back here for more "Game of Thrones" goodness in the next two weeks. We have more interviews to roll out, as well as official reviews from the lucky few of us who've already seen the first few episodes (Hint: I think the show is wonderful. Deeply satisfying.)
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