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Another Sunday, another look at the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Well, actually, this time there are two new teases for HBO's returning favorite, which also happens to be the number of weeks remaining until its highly anticipated premiere. Even though the combined running time of "All Men' (above) and "Awaken" (below) is less than each of the first (one, two, three) four trailers and both contain mostly recycled footage, they still somehow do the trick. Fans don't really want to see too much in advance, just enough to stoke the (ice and) fire. Consider me stoked.
As I said above, neither of the new spots really contain anything from Season 4 that we haven't already seen in previous trailers and teases but I'm sure we've all watched them over and over so, at the very least, it's nice to have a fresh edit of the footage. And the 'movie-trailer-ish' music also creates a much different feel than the more traditionally scored long looks. Okay, so maybe INXS' "Devil Inside" isn't traditional for a medieval fantasy but the London Grammar's cover sure made it sound that way. Anyway, enough about the several fourth season previews and their respective scores, let's talk a bit about "All Men' and "Awaken."
The spot called “All Men” opens on what looks like the snowy ruins of Winterfell’s throne room before becoming simply a series of quick cuts show off most of the Game of Thrones characters that survived the last three seasons as well as a brief look a some new additions. The most notable newcomer obviously being the, uh, guy at the end who looks a lot like the white walkers and yet somehow different. Of course, snooty readers (like me) know full well what is happening in that shot.
"Awaken" also contains a quick cut that shows our cold looking friend (or foe) but, unlike the previous preview, it's plays like a much more story-centric 30 seconds thanks to Jon's voice-over. Still, most of the footage is from the full-length trailers (now familiar looks at the mounting troubles in King's Landing, the Free Cities and at the Wall) except perhaps for Bran's encounter with the face in the Weirwood tree. Winter. "It's coming." Need to refresh your memories of last year but don't have ten hours? Watch HBO's 25 minute recap of the third season and/or their 15 minute foreshadowing of the fourth.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, the TV series was adapted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and stars Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Oh. And here's Emilia Clarke on Jimmy Fallon (late last week) talking about her awkward audition and introducing the first clip from the upcoming season...