We have good news and bad news for “Game of Thrones” fans. The bad news is that they’ll have to wait an extra week to see the first trailer for Season 5. The good news is that they’ve now got a significantly better chance to see the highly-anticipated teaser in IMAX.
One week after HBO and IMAX announced they're partnering to make the final two episodes of "Game of Thrones" Season 4 the first television show to be featured in IMAX, the two companies have pushed back the release date from Friday, Jan. 23 to Thursday, Jan. 29 in order to accommodate an unusually high demand. The screenings will also feature the first trailer for Season 5 of the HBO program.
“The move from January 23, prompted by extraordinary consumer response that drove online mentions for IMAX to record heights, will allow for an expanded domestic roll-out from the originally planned 150 IMAX theatres,” HBO said in a press release Wednesday. “The episodes will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and will be released for an exclusive one-week engagement.”
Tickets for the screenings, which have now been expanded to more than 200 IMAX theaters across the U.S., will go on sale starting Friday, Jan. 16. Those interested in seeing the climactic episodes and the trailer in IMAX can go to the event’s official web page to see a full list of venues that are screening the episodes.
As if the chance to watch one of the greatest battle scenes in TV history in IMAX and being among the first to see the Season 5 preview wasn’t enough, HBO has announced that the first 300 ticket holders for the Jan. 29 event will receive a free commemorative “Game of Thrones” poster by illustrator Robert Ball. Ball is best known most for his interpretive renditions of the deaths on the show.
"Game of Thrones" Season 5 is set to premiere on HBO April 12.