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First full trailer for HBO's Game of Thrones slashes into our hearts

Mar. 4, 2011by: Paul Tassi

HBO isn’t what it used to be.

Yes, Boardwalk Empire is pretty OK, and True Blood has been known to entertain, but in my estimation we’re a long ways from the era of The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire and Deadwood, as other pay channels like Showtime and Starz have given rise to better shows like Dexter and Spartacus.

I’m really hoping Game of Thrones can signal a comeback for the network. We haven’t seen a whole hell of a lot from the upcoming show other than a teaser trailer, and now at least there is a full length spot for the series (via Entertainment Weekly) which clues us in to what it’s all about.

It’s a genre surely most of us can appreciate, and I am looking forward to giving it a shot. With Sean Bean as the lead, it’s hard to avoid LOTR comparisons, but this would seem to be an entirely different animal. Check it out for yourself below.

Extra Tidbit: Nice to see The Wire's Tommy Carcetti in there.
Source: EW

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8:55PM on 03/05/2011

A fantastic cast, I sure hope it's good.

Too bad I don't get HBO, but I'll find a way to watch this anyway. Looks great, movie quality which is what I like too. I sure do miss "Rome" & "Deadwood" though.
Too bad I don't get HBO, but I'll find a way to watch this anyway. Looks great, movie quality which is what I like too. I sure do miss "Rome" & "Deadwood" though.
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1:00PM on 03/05/2011

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

This is going to be THE no. 1 Television event EVER.
I always respect other people's opinion, but in this case I'm making an exception. Sorry, but anyone who thinks that this is "just another show", or "meh", is a retarded idiot.
This is going to be THE no. 1 Television event EVER.
I always respect other people's opinion, but in this case I'm making an exception. Sorry, but anyone who thinks that this is "just another show", or "meh", is a retarded idiot.
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11:36AM on 03/05/2011
Huge fan of the series. I'm ridiculously stoked for this! The tone is very very close, from the trailer, to how the books are. Looked at George RR Martin's site and it looks like the production kept him pretty involved with the whole thing. So, his vision is coming to the table here. Strap me in!
Huge fan of the series. I'm ridiculously stoked for this! The tone is very very close, from the trailer, to how the books are. Looked at George RR Martin's site and it looks like the production kept him pretty involved with the whole thing. So, his vision is coming to the table here. Strap me in!
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4:44AM on 03/05/2011
while, yeah, hbo is (and always was) pretty overrated - amc is the greatest network there is (with the greatest series ever, breaking bad).

that "better shows like Dexter and Spartacus."
was really a good one. spartacus.. ahaha.. probably worst series in a decade?
but yeah, im actually looking more forward to camelot on starz (hopefully it wont suck as spartacus). but this one here is gonna be great too. finally real medieval series!!

oh and.. dexter.. ahaha, again. awful show (since
while, yeah, hbo is (and always was) pretty overrated - amc is the greatest network there is (with the greatest series ever, breaking bad).

that "better shows like Dexter and Spartacus."
was really a good one. spartacus.. ahaha.. probably worst series in a decade?
but yeah, im actually looking more forward to camelot on starz (hopefully it wont suck as spartacus). but this one here is gonna be great too. finally real medieval series!!

oh and.. dexter.. ahaha, again. awful show (since season 2).
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7:18PM on 03/04/2011

Different

I'll give any show that isn't a medical, cop, or courtroom drama a chance. If more shows like this become popular networks will take more chances on unique shows.
I'll give any show that isn't a medical, cop, or courtroom drama a chance. If more shows like this become popular networks will take more chances on unique shows.
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5:44PM on 03/04/2011
From the trailer they've stayed pretty close to the source material. I just hope they can capture the mood of the books. If so this show will be fanastic. I hope they dont pull any punches either with the Lannisters, for those who read the books you know what Im talking about. Anyone know how many episdoes season 1 is? If it covers the first book then we wont get Stannis and the Red Queen till season 2, shame =)
From the trailer they've stayed pretty close to the source material. I just hope they can capture the mood of the books. If so this show will be fanastic. I hope they dont pull any punches either with the Lannisters, for those who read the books you know what Im talking about. Anyone know how many episdoes season 1 is? If it covers the first book then we wont get Stannis and the Red Queen till season 2, shame =)
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8:14PM on 03/04/2011
Season 1 is 10 episodes long and it covers just the first book. Right now it is slated to have 1 full season per book and the seasons might get longer depending on how this one fares.
Season 1 is 10 episodes long and it covers just the first book. Right now it is slated to have 1 full season per book and the seasons might get longer depending on how this one fares.
9:12PM on 03/04/2011
10 eps is decent. Although for books 2-4 they should do 2 seasons per book as they are all pushing 1000 pages each. Will be interesting to see if they focus on the Stark kids mainly Arya and Sansa, in as much depth as they do in the books. The Sansa story is quite disturbing.
10 eps is decent. Although for books 2-4 they should do 2 seasons per book as they are all pushing 1000 pages each. Will be interesting to see if they focus on the Stark kids mainly Arya and Sansa, in as much depth as they do in the books. The Sansa story is quite disturbing.
3:19PM on 03/04/2011
nifty nifty
nifty nifty
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3:10PM on 03/04/2011

Awesome

The book series is one of the greatest ever written, by leaving the cliches that make fantasy stupid at the door, and instead delivering a character driven story with an incredible plot and gripping writing.

The source material is far beyond fantastic, they have a great team working on the show, and HBO is known for it's high quality TV...this will be great.

As far as them "acting too serious," that's a good thing. This isn't exactly light hearted fare.
The book series is one of the greatest ever written, by leaving the cliches that make fantasy stupid at the door, and instead delivering a character driven story with an incredible plot and gripping writing.

The source material is far beyond fantastic, they have a great team working on the show, and HBO is known for it's high quality TV...this will be great.

As far as them "acting too serious," that's a good thing. This isn't exactly light hearted fare.
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2:52PM on 03/04/2011
BOROMIR!
BOROMIR!
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2:43PM on 03/04/2011

meh

This trailer and the ad's on HBO really underwhelm me. HBO ain't what it used to be!
Granted their current shows are good...Boardwalk in my opinion is on the level of old HBO but everything else is just...good. Not excellent like 6 ft under, Wire, Sopranos. There is no comparison.
I actually cancelled my cable/TMN/HBO subscription this month because of the very thing you mention Tassi.
AMC has taken the crown from HBO. Their shows blow HBO out of the water these days.
This trailer and the ad's on HBO really underwhelm me. HBO ain't what it used to be!
Granted their current shows are good...Boardwalk in my opinion is on the level of old HBO but everything else is just...good. Not excellent like 6 ft under, Wire, Sopranos. There is no comparison.
I actually cancelled my cable/TMN/HBO subscription this month because of the very thing you mention Tassi.
AMC has taken the crown from HBO. Their shows blow HBO out of the water these days.
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2:34PM on 03/04/2011
Haven't read the books this is based on and the trailer didn't do much for me but I'll give it a shot.
Haven't read the books this is based on and the trailer didn't do much for me but I'll give it a shot.
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2:29PM on 03/04/2011
woops
woops
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2:24PM on 03/04/2011
So pumped for this show. And Mr.Tassi, Boardwalk is every bit as good as Deadwood and 6 Feet . . .
So pumped for this show. And Mr.Tassi, Boardwalk is every bit as good as Deadwood and 6 Feet . . .
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2:05PM on 03/04/2011
HBO seldom disappoint; Rome, Entourage, True Blood, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire etc.

This will hopefully be great.
HBO seldom disappoint; Rome, Entourage, True Blood, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire etc.

This will hopefully be great.
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1:49PM on 03/04/2011
Meh. I don't like the look. They all act so serious... It will never reach the quality of "The Wire"...
Meh. I don't like the look. They all act so serious... It will never reach the quality of "The Wire"...
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2:04PM on 03/04/2011
Yeah, all that seriousness doesn't match the books, which were page after page of zany, slapstick comedy . . .
Yeah, all that seriousness doesn't match the books, which were page after page of zany, slapstick comedy . . .
5:07PM on 03/04/2011
Maybe I should have said it takes itself too seriously. The trailer is really generic. Nothing mindblowing or original. And the color filter is awfull... I haven't read the books but i'm guessing they're better than this.
Maybe I should have said it takes itself too seriously. The trailer is really generic. Nothing mindblowing or original. And the color filter is awfull... I haven't read the books but i'm guessing they're better than this.
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1:41PM on 03/04/2011
I'm anticipating this more than every upcoming book (other than A Dance with Dragons, July 12th!!!!) , movie, and video game I'm looking forward too. My favorite series getting what's sure to be an excellent adaptation :-D
I'm anticipating this more than every upcoming book (other than A Dance with Dragons, July 12th!!!!) , movie, and video game I'm looking forward too. My favorite series getting what's sure to be an excellent adaptation :-D
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1:53PM on 03/04/2011
The next book has a release date??? Since when???
The next book has a release date??? Since when???
2:22PM on 03/04/2011
July 12?? OMG. Dude, you just made my week!
July 12?? OMG. Dude, you just made my week!
2:29PM on 03/04/2011
Yeah, I just double checked. It's for real! Thanks, HEL105!!!
Yeah, I just double checked. It's for real! Thanks, HEL105!!!
6:04PM on 03/04/2011
You're welcome guys! I just found out yesterday, and I've been trying to spread the good news everywhere!
You're welcome guys! I just found out yesterday, and I've been trying to spread the good news everywhere!
1:29PM on 03/04/2011
If this stays true to George R.R. Martin's book of the same name, this has the potential to be amazing. I highly suggest people check out the book first if possible!
If this stays true to George R.R. Martin's book of the same name, this has the potential to be amazing. I highly suggest people check out the book first if possible!
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1:17PM on 03/04/2011

Damn..

Gotta get me some cable back. That looks like some A-grade television.
Gotta get me some cable back. That looks like some A-grade television.
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