Okay, now I believe it is safe to state that George R.R. Martin has conquered our world. The Iron Throne is now firmly his!
The TV adaptation of his ultra-popular high fantasy book series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," is being digitally re-mastered to be compatible with the hugely-sized IMAX format. Specifically, the last two episodes of Thrones' season four are the ones being prepped for viewing, "The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children," respectively. And just because season five is vast approaching, IMAX is including a very special (and exclusive) trailer previewing the aforementioned upcoming season.
Originally, IMAX was supposed to begin showing said episodes and trailer on January 23rd. But, now it has been pushed forward one week, as the show is now going to be on display in about 200 IMAX theaters, instead of the previously intended 150 theaters.
According to the theater company, the change was "prompted by extraordinary consumer response that drove online mentions for IMAX to record heights, will allow for an expanded domestic roll-out."
Well, seeing as how 'GoT' is about to become the very first TV series to ever air in IMAX, the prospect certainly thrilled many of its fans, myself included. The entire battle that transpired in "The Watchers on the Wall" appeared so genuine and massive that it is a surprise that the episode's makers were able to depict the battle on a mere TV screen. Everything from the locations shot to the various individual duels taking place made the episode seem like it was built more for a film than a TV series. It will be intriguing to see how The Battle at the Wall looks in IMAX format.
In contrast, the season four finale, "The Children," was toned down, as it was not nearly as action-packed as the previous episode. There was one very interesting (but short) battle sequence at the beginning, and an intense duel at about the halfway point. However, what it lacked in action it made up for in drama and tension. Plenty occurred during that season finale episode, and it successfully set the stage for what's to come in season five, which debuts April 12th!!!
Will you be checking out the two episodes at an IMAX theater near you?
Let me know in the comments section below how excited (or how not-so-excited) you are about 'GoT' heading to IMAX. Also, sound off with your predictions for the upcoming fifth season. But, please refrain from adding book spoilers to your comments! If you just cannot resist, then please add "spoiler alert" at the very top of your comments.