Move over, Oscars. The famed area of Hollywood and Highland that usually gets invaded by adoring fans lined up outside the Dolby Theatre was overrun Sunday night with teeming TV fans for the star-studded Season 6 premiere of HBO’s Emmy-winning ‘Game of Thrones.’
Throngs of onlookers screamed at fan favorites Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and company as they arrived for the screening at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Upon arrival, you could walk the grey carpet and get your photo taken underneath a giant, all-seeing three-eyed Raven as banners from all the houses flew triumphantly overhead. The buzz amongst the crowd was palpable as this would be the only audience able to see the premiere ahead of the Season 6 premiere on Sunday, April 24th at 9pm on HBO. (This is due to online leaks of last year's advance screeners, as well as HBO wanting to keep the same premiere experience for everyone, as this is the first season "beyond the books," and no one really knows what is coming for once.)
I was third row from the front for the actual screening, and getting to watch the show on the huge screen with the cast all present as well as people that really enjoy the show was an incredible experience. (Heck, I would pay to do this every week - watch GOT on the big screen with true fans). Without giving anything away, there was one heroic scene that had the whole audience cheering, plenty of well-delivered lines that brought hearty laughs, and one jaw-dropping reveal that will have everyone around the world talking.
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After the screening, the after party was just across Hollywood Boulevard at the Roosevelt Hotel, in which the entire first 2 floors were taken over by the party, including waitstaff dressed as Dorthraki in long tunics and scarves. In the middle of one of the rooms was a huge version of the Iron Throne, and in another there were cast tables and on all the walls were the creepy/dead images from the Hall of Faces. It was very obvious HBO spared no expense for this event. Party goers were also able to get henna tattoos, take pictures alongside the Hall of Faces, get their palms read by a soothsayer, or even take a peek at a Direwolf.
Besides the voluminous GOT cast, many other celebrities were spotted at the premiere and after party: Queen Latifah, Faye Dunaway, most of the guys from 'Girls,' as well as 'Silicon Valley,' Zach Knighton from 'Happy Endings,' Regina King, Kristen Bell, Elon Musk and many others. It was also refreshing to see that everyone can indeed get along, as I spotted Dean-Charles Chapman (King Tommen) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) navigating the after party together, tossing all Stark/Lannister rivalries aside, at least for the night.
‘Game of Thrones’ returns for its Season 6 premiere Sunday April 24th at 9pm on HBO.
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