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Game of Thrones Premiere Draws Stars and Crowds to NYC

 Game of Thrones returns to HBO for Season 4 on Sunday, April 6. I am more than ready for the snow to go around here and not to return for awhile, but winter is coming — again — to at least one fictional world.

The Game of Thrones team definitely knows how to reach out to fans on social media, and the premiere occasion was no exception. The red carpet was live-streamed on Facebook and is still there if you want to see the stars arrive in real time. I happen to still be fixated on the Official Grumpy Cat showing up at SXSW in Austin last week as the #GrumpofThrones in the Game of Thrones exhibit at the conference. That visual will stay my happy place until April 6 and beyond.

Grumpy Cat GOT Grump of Thrones

Image credit: Facebook

They’re doing a great job of getting the word out because even President Obama had President’s Day weekend slated to catch up on GOT. Yes, even the White House isn’t immune to binge-watching.

The series stars and a crowd of other celebrities appeared at the New York City premiere Tuesday with sadly no Grumpy Cat in sight. The #GoTPremiereNYC hashtag was a trove of great shots of the cast and some of their most famous fans arriving to get a peek at the new season. I think Peter Dinklage was my favorite of the night, which to be honest is nothing new.

Peter Dinklage GOT premiere

Peter Dinklage is everything #gotpremierenyc #got Image credit: Instagram/@amyvernon

George R. R. Martin — author of A Song of Ice and Fire on which Game of Thrones is based, looks pretty cheerful for a guy who spins such complex stories wherein people are generally terrible to each other, doesn’t he? There’s something to be said for putting it all on the page, I guess.

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The father of the realm #GRRM poses with Ned on the #GoTPremiereNYC red carpet. #gameofthrones #dragon #georgerrmartin #hbo Image credit: Instagram/@GameofThrones

 

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For the night is dark and full of terrors. @CaricevanHouten poses with Renly Baratheon on the #GoTPremiereNYC red carpet. #gameofthrones #hbo Instagram/@GameofThrones

 

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“I am THE KING!” Jack Gleeson poses with King #Joffrey on the #GoTPremiereNYC red carpet. #gameofthrones #hbo #jackgleeson Image credit: Twitter/@GameofThrones

 

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DRACARYS. Emilia Clarke poses with #Daenerys and a dragon on the #GoTPremiereNYC red carpet. #hbo #emiliaclarke

 

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Bran, Sansa and Arya at the ice bar #gotpremierenyc @GamesofThrones Image via Instagram/@kawaks

HBO has these adorable figures — way more adorable, for the most part, than their sword- and curse-wielding real counterparts on the show — for sale in case you want to keep them around to while away the hours before the premiere and during commercial or snack breaks when the series is back. The HBO site has a bunch of other goodies to get you up to speed, including a character guide, production diary, and a featurette called Game of Thrones: Long Story Short, if you really can’t get enough and want an entertaining look at how the series came to be. Meanwhile, while you’re getting ready for what is sure to be another season of interclan murder, betrayal, lust, and very complicated matters all around, check out the Game of Thrones Season 4 trailer. Nothing looks anywhere near as disturbing as that Red Wedding, but I’m sure they’ve got some tricks up their collective sleeves.

 

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