HBO hosted the premiere for Game of Thrones Season 4 last night in New York City, the perfect location for this particular event. In the spirit of the show, winter is not only coming in this city - winter is never leaving.

The night opened with the premiere of the first episode of season 4 at a screening at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The entire cast and crew walked the red carpet and narrowly escaped the gigantic dragon that had taken over the plaza. Once inside, the New York Philharmonic took the stage to perform the show's title theme as well as the score from last year's gruesome "Red Wedding" episode.

After the screening, guests were bussed over to the Museum of Natural History which had been transformed into Westeros. The iconic giant whale was on fire. Couches were decked with faux furs. The bar in the center of the hall featured hundreds of candles and each of the houses' flags, and was draped in chainmail. White stag antlers formed centerpiece candelabras. They served dragons' blood snow cones and Ommegang red and white Game of Thrones ale.

I took some blurry pictures.

I lorded over the kingdom.

But the biggest takeaway was the show itself. If the first episode is any indication, Season 4 is going to be good. Really good. 

Here's the final trailer for the new season, released just following the premiere:

Huge thanks go out to Carol Bell of Brandlink Communications for the invite, to the cast and crew for inviting us to join them, and to HBO for throwing a killer event.

April 6th can't come soon enough.

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