Game of Thrones Season Four will be premiering on April 6, but for diehard fans who cannot wait that long to see what is going to happen next in Westeros and do not mind taking a little trip, Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin, is giving a sneak peek into season four, hosting a special premiere in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 29 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Martin sporadically collaborates with the creators, directors, and the cast of the popular HBO series to help work on the episodes, sometimes directing an episode of the series himself or giving suggestions.
The popular author will be hosting his special season four premiere with three preview screenings. The screenings, taking place March 29th, will occur a little more than a week before the series is set to premiere on HBO itself. The first screening will take place in the morning, in Spanish, for the Spanish-speaking community in New Mexico. The next screening will be held in the afternoon and will be in English. Both will be open to the public. The theater holds 125 occupants, so seating is very limited, as only that many viewers will be admitted to each screening. In addition, one ticket will admit two attendees. The tickets can be obtained by waiting in line the day of the showing or by attending one of Martin’s movie showings or free marathon screenings.
The third screening Martin is hosting will be held at night and will be by invite only. It will be a red carpet event with an after party following the showing.
Following the first Game of Thrones trailer, released in the middle of January, a second Game of Thrones season four trailer, entitled Vengeance, was just released this past Sunday on HBO. In addition, the third season was released on video this past Tuesday, just in time for fans to either catch up or re-watch it before April’s season four premiere.
Martin’s bestselling novels which comprise his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, include A Game of Thrones (1996), A Clash of Kings (1998), A Storm of Swords (2000), A Feast for Crows (2005), A Dance with Dragons (2011), and the highly anticipated The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, which Martin is still working on. The author has been frequently criticized by eager fans for his long periods of time in between book releases, which has always been at least two but sometimes even up to six years. Martin has also been blasted by fans for developing either likable, relatable, or interesting and engaging characters and then killing off these fan-favorites as the series progresses. Fans were all met with a shocking surprise in the finale of season 3 when several beloved main characters were abruptly killed off minutes before the end of the episode in a decidedly harrowing and gruesome way.
Apart from the author hosting his special season four Game of Thrones premiere on March 29, HBO will also be holding its own separate, exclusive Game of Thrones premiere sometime in the middle of March.
By Laura Clark
Los Angeles Times