Before winter comes to Westeros, Game of Thrones will come to IMAX. Two episodes of the hit HBO show, as well as an exclusive trailer for its forthcoming fifth season, will play on IMAX theaters across the country between January 23rd and 29th.
This is the first time a television series will be screened in IMAX theaters, according to a press release from HBO, and the network has digitally remastered the final two episodes of Season Four — “The Watchers on the Wall” and finale “The Children” — for the occasion. The new Season Five trailer was also created exclusively for IMAX.
Game of Thrones is still a few months away from its official return; Season Five is slated to premiere this spring, though an official date has yet to be announced. Only a few details about the upcoming season have leaked, most significantly that it will not feature Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead) and his helpers Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn). After Nairn accidentally let the news slip last September, GoT show runner David Benioff later explained that their absence is crucial to constructing the narrative scope of the show.
“Even though we’re making changes to the books and adapting as necessary, we’re trying to keep the various storylines the same as the books and trying to keep them roughly [chronologically] parallel,” Benioff said. “And last year, we caught up to the end of Bran’s storyline [in George R.R. Martin’s most recent A Song of Ice and Fire novel, A Dance with Dragons]. So if we pushed him forward this season, then he’s way ahead of where the other characters are.”
Making up for Bran, Hodor and Meera’s absence, though, are a slew of new characters, including Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as Doran Martell, the ruler of Dorne and the older brother of the Red Viper, Oberyn Martell, who met a gruesome demise in Season Four. The extended Martell family also features Toby Sebastian as Doran’s son and heir to Dorne, Trystane, and Nell Tiger Free as his wife-to-be, Myrcella Baratheon, officially the daughter of Cersei Lannister and King Robert Baratheon (though her father is really Jaime Lannister).