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Season Four Is Coming...

 ... to Santa Fe.

Yes, yes, it's coming to the rest of the country too.  HBO will broadcast episode one of season 4, entitled... ooops, sorry, don't think I am allowed to reveal the title yet... on Sunday, April 6.

But on Saturday, March 29,  375 lucky New Mexicans will get a chance to see what the rest of the country will need to wait another week and day for.   I am thrilled to announce that on that day, by special arrangement with HBO, we will be presenting three advance screenings of episode 401 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

Last year, many of you will recall, HBO had a gala Season 3 Premiere in Los Angeles, with a huge red carpet screening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, followed by an incredible party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel across the street.  Even if you weren't there, you probably saw the pictures.  That LA premiere was followed by advance screenings and premiere parties in San Francisco and Seattle, which were almost as exciting.

Our Santa Fe event will not be THE Premiere for season four.  One of those is in the works, for a city considerably larger than Santa Fe and a theatre considerably larger than the Jean Cocteau, but I will leave it for HBO to make that announcement when the time is ripe.

Our Santa Fe screenings will follow the big red carpet premiere, the way San Francisco and Seattle followed LA last year.  We expect to have a red carpet too, though I make no promises about who might show up to walk on it... besides myself, of course. I'll be there, for sure.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister_photo Macall B.Polay_HBO
photo Macall B. Polay HBO

The Jean Cocteau is a small hall, with only 125 seats, so we will be showing the episode three times.

The evening screening is by invitation only.   That's the red carpet screening.  And there will be a huge party following at the Sanbusco Center right across the parking lot from the Cocteau.  That's by invitation only too, alas.  Sorry.

But we wanted to do something for the fans as well.  So even before the VIP screening and party, we'll be showing episode 401 twice that day, for a few lucky members of the general public.  There will be one screening in the afternoon, and one that morning.  And here's something cool: the first show, the morning show, will be the Spanish language version of episode 401.  New Mexico has a huge Hispanic community, and we wanted to include them as well... so in a sense, the Santa Fe premiere WILL be a world premiere... for Spanish.  (The afternoon showing will be English).

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon_photo Macall B. Polay_HBO
photo Macall B. Polay HBO

 I hear you asking... "how do I get tickets to the Santa Fe premiere of season 4??"

 Two ways.  Luck and determination.

 We have 125 tickets for each show.  About 75 of those seats will be given away ahead of time, as door prizes to those attending the weekly GAME OF THRONES marathon shows, and various other movies showing at the Jean Cocteau.  The marathons are first come, first seated, and we can't always fit everyone in -- some nights we've had to turn away as many as a hundred, when the lines were just too long -- but those who do get in are all given a raffle ticket, and at the end of the evening, we draw the names of a few lucky winners out of a dragon's egg.  We have other door prizes as well, so even if you don't win the coveted season 4 premiere tickets, you may go home with a calendar, a Funko Pop doll, a signed book, a movie pass, a stuffed direwolf, or some other goodie.

 ((The next marathon screening is this Wednesday.  We will be screening episodes six, seven, and eight from season two, Kit Harington will be joining us via Skype, Spirit Wolf Sanctuary will be bringing up two of their wolves... and yes, we expect to give away four tickets to the season four premiere, two to the English language screening, two the Spanish.  Each ticket admits two.  So get in line early if you want your chance to win)).

Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand_photo Helen Sloan_HBO
photo Helen Sloan HBO

 Not all the tickets will be given away as door prizes, however.  We are holding back about forty for both the morning and afternoon showings.  Those will be awarded the same way the tickets to our marathon showings are : first come, first seated.

 There's lots more surprises in store, but I will save those announcements for later down the line.  For now, suffice it to say:



Feb. 17th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
I'd be there in a heartbeat but I'll be in Jersey for a wedding ;( Please do this again in the future? We all know it's going to be awesome and totally worth doing again <3 Come hell or high water I'm going to make it to that theater one of these days!

P.S. On a better note I managed to get some of the beer and will be patiently waiting ;p

Edited at 2014-02-17 12:40 am (UTC)
Feb. 17th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
Season Four is Coming.....
Mr. Martin!
Looking forward to Season 4, maybe i will get to go to this event (hint hint) just kidding. I really respect your work and all that you have done for the fans. Keep it up!
Feb. 17th, 2014 01:32 am (UTC)
How do David and Dan adapt such a vast and sprawling series filled with so many different characters and locations?
Feb. 17th, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
Ah to be a Raven...
Would that I could be there in such a magical city for this event. There would have to be a side trip to Taos of course. I haven't been there for 4 decades.
Feb. 17th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
You're a black hearted bastard for teasing an episode title like that. I live for that shit. Can you tell us when we will know them?
Feb. 17th, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
Excited but worried.
After watching all the trailers and previews I think it is safe to say that I am pretty pumped up for the upcoming season. The scenes from my home (Iceland) look great and now it's not only north of the wall scenes. Plus we have that big guy who as a little something to do with a major duel this season.

To better fill into the blanks, that is stuff the show can not portray I started re-reading ASOS. One thing occurred to me then, should I be worried that the show will have spoilers for the upcoming books? There has been one possible instance of this so far that I can think of, Arya and Melisandre meeting up at some unknown time in the future. Perhaps I am getting worked up over nothing, just don't want to get spoiled over the big stuff.

Any-ways, April 7th can't come soon enough. Thanks for the good times.
Kanayo Sophie N
Feb. 17th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
I wish I lived in New Mexico,Santa Fe!
Feb. 17th, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the official HBO debut: looking forward to the rest of "Storm" ("Blood and Gold") as well as bits and pieces (potentially?) of "Feast."
Feb. 17th, 2014 12:13 pm (UTC)
You're just awesome. :)
Feb. 17th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
Envy from a Queens boy
George, you rock. I often wish I could live in Santa Fe just to be able to attend these things. Short of a special event where I can pre-score a spot, I can't spend that kind of money on the Hope ;)

Of course I can get to a NYC event but those are even more crowded ;) and I've never had the chance to distinguish myself enough to be invited. Closest I did was waiting 3.5 hours for last 5 peeps into NYC TW exhibition.

Keep making life magical for your peeps in NM, you do a good enough job for those of us in NY, NJ ( Bayonne shoutout, heheh) and the rest of the Reading World.

Trey Staley
Feb. 17th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
Dammit George
You are gonna force me to move to Santa Fe if you keep this up
Feb. 17th, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
Badass Trailers!
Trailer #1 for Season 4 was the most badass trailer I´ve ever seen!

Trailer #2 was also nice, with some other scenes.

Waiting for the best Series Season Ever.

HBO is making a really great work, as usual!

People here in Brazil are getting crazy waiting for it!
Feb. 17th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Last year they held a great event in Dallas 2 weeks before the premier where they showed episode 1 of season three. They had fun giveaways and a couple of kegs of whichever GoT beer was new at the time. It was so much fun and Im hoping they do it again this year. I highly recommend seeing the show on a big screen if you can - it holds up SO well and seeing it in a communal setting was great fun.
Jon Snow
Feb. 18th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
Jon Snow
My name Jon Snow and I think it might be kind of fun to attend this event. How would I go about obtaining tickets?
Feb. 18th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
Re: Jon Snow
Ah... it's all detailed in my post, above.
Anna Beddoes
Feb. 20th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Oz Fan
Love your work! Big fan
Are there any events in Australia?
Feb. 21st, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
Re: Oz Fan
Don't know. Of course, I was all over Australia just a couple of months ago, with visits to Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne.
Paul Slaughter
Feb. 21st, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Will the HBO show still be considered canon if they surpass the books? In the end I imagine there will have to be at least minor discrepancies between the two sources.

Any chance the books could have a different ending than the show, especially if you don't care for the direction they take some of the characters?
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Feb. 28th, 2014 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Interview
Sorry, I don't do email interviews.
Kellie C
Feb. 28th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia is reporting George R.R. Martin died yesterday (02/27/2014). Is that a joke?

Edited at 2014-02-28 07:02 pm (UTC)
Feb. 28th, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Wikepedia
Really? News to me. I seem to be fine. Unless I'm a ghost and have not noticed.
Sara Foster
Mar. 1st, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: Wikepedia
The Lord of Light must have brought you back... unfinished business and all! ;)
Greg Miller
Mar. 5th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
I will be seeing the first episode March 20th at the Barclays Center. SOOOO EXCITED!!!


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