It’s no secret that “Game of Thrones” is one of the most beloved shows in the United States. However, fans in London will be among the first to see the premiere of Season 5 when it debuts at a special red carpet event at the Tower of London.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sky Atlantic, the pay-TV network that partners with HBO to bring the series to territories in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, will host the major event on March 18, three weeks ahead of the show’s premiere date in the U.S. As noted on the Sky Atlantic announcement, the premiere will mark the first time the world premiere has been held in Europe.
The news isn’t all bad for American fans of the show. It was revealed that 25 lucky fans will be given the chance to compete for a pair of tickets to the premiere. Details for that competition will reportedly be announced at a later date.
As The Verge points out, there is perhaps no more fitting location than the Tower of London for the premiere of “Game of Thrones.” Much like the fictional King’s Landing, the Tower has a storied history as a prison for London’s worst. Many a bloody execution has taken place there and fans of the show will understand just how relevant that is to the premiere. Recently, George R.R. Martin, author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” book series that the show is based on, revealed that Season 5 will see characters live and die that don’t necessarily mash up with what happens in his books.
“Game of Thrones is the must see show of the year and a massive show for Sky Atlantic so I am delighted we will be hosting the World Premiere for this epic show at the Tower of London,” said Director of Sky Atalantic, Zai Bennett. “I can't think of a more fitting venue to give what promises to be another unmissable series its big launch."
Sky Atlantic also notes that the Tower, which is home to the Crown Jewels, is the perfect place for the event because it’s meant to keep things safe, including plot secrets. So, while spoilers may enter, it will be difficult for them to leave.
Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” premieres in the U.S. on HBO April 12.