New Game of Thrones Featurette to Air on February 8th

got21 Eagle-eyed HBO subscribers may have noticed an unexpected Game of Thrones appearance on their schedule for early next year.

There’s not a whole lot of information available on the spot- but we’ve got our best speculation after the jump.

The behind-the-scenes featurette, titled Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life, is slated to air on Sunday, February 8th at 7:30PM on HBO, and is currently on the schedule with a run-time of 28 minutes. IMG_1654But don’t get too excited for a half-hour of new Thrones action just yet.

Astute Thrones fans might remember that last year, almost to the day, HBO had 28 minutes blocked off for Ice And Fire: A Foreshadowing– a cool promo that featured clips from the fourth season, behind-the-scenes-footage, interviews, and cast members’ answers to questions posed by fans. All of which clocked in at 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

So, be prepared for an extended- but not too extended- look at season five probably featuring some new footage, cast interviews, and some other general fluff to whet your appetite just enough to hold you over until the premiere.

And, if February still feels like too long a wait, WotW reader Balerion The Cat points out (and I tend to agree)

Since last year they’ve also aired the Ice and Fire featurette in the beginning of February I think it’s safe to think that we’ll also get our first trailer in mid January like last year :D

So, stay vigilant, Watchers… Footage is coming!

 

Editor’s note 1/3/15: HBO has confirmed the behind-the-scenes special on February 8th but did not provide additional details, at this time. So check back over the next few weeks! -Sue

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    1. HBO released some publicity photos from Season 4 at the end of January 2014. That’s a little something to look forward to as well.

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    2. I remember watching the foreshadowing last year and turning it off after seeing Tyrion’s I’m guilty of being a dwarf line. I was like woa this is just the beginning of the clip who knows what I’ll get to see if I keep watching. I don’t want the higlights of the season in a trailer. Though I did go back and watch it and it didn’t reveal to much. I hope it’s about the same amount for this year.

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    3. It’s probably a fool’s errand to try and infer too much from the title of this particular featurette, but for what it’s worth, “A Day in the Life” sounds like it could be a slightly different format for a behind-the-scenes preview than we saw last year. “Ice & Fire: A Foreshadowing” was mostly a collection of interviews with various members of the cast and crew, with some new footage and fun gimmicks like fan questions sprinkled in. To me, at least, “A Day in the Life” evokes more of a walking production diary kind of vibe. As in “Hi, I’m ______, a member of the Game of Thrones cast/crew! Let’s have this camera follow me as I walk around set and talk to various people involved in the production! See, this is where the makeup and hairstyling people work. These are the people who make the weapons and the costumes. These are the VFX guys. This is the writers room. This is the editing bay. Look, it’s David and Dan! And there’s Lena Headey! Oh, they’re getting ready to shoot a scene. Let’s watch!” Etc, Etc.

      As far as I can remember, I don’t believe that Game of Thrones has ever done that particular kind of behind-the-scenes look before. It would be kind of cool to see. For those of us who have our hearts set on seeing some new footage (i.e. pretty much all of us), I imagine that there would probably be some of that sprinkled in there as well. I guess we’ll find out!

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    4. Rygar,

      My mistake. I thought that you liked to watch.

      For what it’s worth, I doubt that any footage that we might see in this particular feature would reveal material beyond what the novels have dealt with so far. They have plenty of intriguing early-season material to draw from for promotional purposes.

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    5. Jared,

      Most likely correct that they won’t show anything past the books. I’ve avoided the trailers since S3. Call me old fashioned but I like surprises.

      And I’m more of an engager rather than a voyeur.

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    6. House Ray enjoys watching. A nice glass of red wine (or a miller high life) coupled with a fine snack (gas station mixed nuts in a bag) and we will sit back in a dark room, lit only by the glow of a TV screen and enjoy everything we see and hear.

      That is, House Ray likes trailers.

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    7. Jared,
      I think you have the right of it. Do you remember when they were shooting in Spain at the Alcazar? There was some video footage of this kind of thing (may have been shown on Spanish TV) and I suspect that’s what we’ll get. But I hope I’m wrong.

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    8. Dame Pasty,

      I do remember that. You’re referring to this, right? http://watchersonthewall.com/first-pictures-doran-martell-hints-game-thrones-dornish-plot/

      I’m pretty sure that particular BTS footage was shot by a Spanish TV crew (the video has a Canal+ logo stamped onto it, and Canal+ is a Spanish satellite broadcasting company). I would be surprised if HBO chose to use footage of that particular scene for use in this promotional feature, especially since it’s a storyline and a location that will feature so many new characters and new material. But I do think that we’ll see something shot in a similar style to that footage – a more relaxed, informal depiction of people walking around doing their jobs and chatting between takes rather than sitting down for more straightforward interviews.

      If “A Day in the Life” does turn out to be a walking behind-the-scenes production diary, my guess is that it will be shot at the Paint Hall in Belfast. That way, the people making the featurette can touch on a lot of different storylines at once, rather than just one. And since they completely control that space, it would make it easier for them to lock down anything that they didn’t want us to see.

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    9. Jared: I’m pretty sure that particular BTS footage was shot by a Spanish TV crew (the video has a Canal+ logo stamped onto it, and Canal+ is a Spanish satellite broadcasting company).

      I find it a little hard to believe that HBO would let a random crew in, dally around, and air it. Especially since, as you mentioned, the set in question featured a storyline that strays from the books.

      HBO could have had final editing approval of the material that aired, but wouldn’t it be much easier for HBO to hand Canal+ some of their own, already approved footage to feature in their broadcast?

      I agree with the others that have said this will end up being a “this is how we make GOT!” segment and wouldn’t be surprised if we see the same footage that aired on Canal+.

      EDIT: With just a little bit of digging… the footage was aired on Spanish television, the footage “courtesy of” Canal+, which is a French premium channel, which has a licensing agreement with HBO to air all of their shows.

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    10. TheLizardKing: With just a little bit of digging… the footage was aired on Spanish television, the footage “courtesy of” Canal+, which is a French premium channel, which has a licensing agreement with HBO to air all of their shows.

      This increases the likelihood that the footage came straight from HBO, since HBO Europe doesn’t operate in France or Spain and Spanish viewers watch via Canal+ Spain.

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    11. Sansa’s Knight:
      Can hardly wait … I’ve had a bad day … This just turned it around …

      Have some Jeor Mormont Skull wine and Fook em til theyre dead! It’ll get better mate

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    12. Huff Post is giving WiC credit for breaking this story. They did it a full day later than WoTW. Ridiculous how they are giving credit to the worst site in the history of the internet when they should be givinig it to the best site ever. I hate them now with a passion

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