HBO has released this 15 minute preview/behind-the-scenes for Game of Thrones season 4.
Despite having passed the seminal Red Wedding, I have to say Season 4 looks pretty damn awesome. They look to be making the most of the second half of A Storm of Swords (and perhaps some of A Feast of Crows). Increases in technology and budget (perhaps due to the success) make it look the scope is even grander. Joff’s wedding, some of Dany’s city shots, and the battle for the wall all ought to be epic. From the looks of it, the wedding will come off fabulously. But those big battles have long been a weakness of both the book and show, particularly in that they’ve just “finessed” several to save money (and GOT isn’t the only big show to do that — the mist and sword clanking in ROME comes to mind). Still, I think the battle at the wall because of its smaller number of forces and more confined battlefield has some real potential to work on the small screen.
Truth is, large scale battle barely works on the big screen. Alexander (besides being a generally sucky movie — even if the conqueror is one of my favorite historical figures) was about as good as it gets of full scale infantry battles.
Regardless, less than two months to go!
And this second Season 4 Trailer was released 2/16!