The cast and crew of one of the most beloved fantasy series on TV will be celebrating the show’s season premiere in San Francisco.
Following last week’s world premiere in England, HBO is hosting a star-studded “Game of Thrones” U.S. premiere screening Monday night at the War Memorial Opera House. The show, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, is entering its fifth season.
Cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, and Emilia Clarke are slated to appear. The network will stream video of the red carpet arrivals live on Facebook.
When the screening ends, the show’s stars will head to City Hall for an after-party along with 1,000 lucky fans.
HBO spokeswoman Janine McGoldrick told the San Francisco Chronicle that the Bay Area was selected to host the premiere not only because of its large “Game of Thrones” fanbase, but because of its ties to technology – specifically, AppleTV.
“The decision to do the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere in San Francisco is tied to our announcement of HBO Now,” McGoldrick said.
HBO announced recently that their new streaming service, HBO Now, will be exclusively available on AppleTV beginning April 12. Just in time for fans to tune in for the “Game of Thrones” television premiere, which will air that same day.
But for those who prefer to read the books before watching the show, beware of spoilers. "Game of Thrones" co-creator David Benioff recently confirmed that the show will most likely end before the final book in the series is released.