“Wow,” said the viewer behind us as the lights came up.
The ultra-mysterious first episode of Game of Thrones season 6 screened at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday night. “Wow” and its variations (“incredible,” “spectacular”) could be heard in the crowd as the cast and guests made their way over to the afterparty at the Roosevelt Hotel (which sounds suspiciously like House Bolton venue).
“This season was a beast to make,” showrunner David Benioff told the audience at the premiere. “We shot 680 hours of dailies, which translates to 3.7 million feet of film. We shot in five different countries — Northern Ireland, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, and Canada. We employed 900 crewmembers in Belfast; 400 in Spain. We issued 140 script revisions. We two shot units a day for 22 weeks straight, three units a day for 10 weeks straight, four units for two weeks straight. And none of that would be possible without the greatest producing team on the planet.”
The event marked the only screening of the top-secret premiere hour that will happen before Game of Thrones makes its April 24 debut on HBO (the episode is not being sent to critics in advance). HBO and the producers of Thrones asked guests to not reveal any plot points or post official reviews after the premiere event — general impressions only. Here are some admittedly (and maddeningly) vague thoughts on the debut hour, titled “The Red Woman,” that will keep you unsullied:
Also, here’s a few notes from the event:
For more on GoT season 6, get the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, which goes behind the scenes in Northern Ireland and Spain, plus profiles six of the show’s female stars. Follow @jameshibberd for ongoing GoT coverage, subscribe to our Thrones newsletter, and bookmark this page for our latest GoT stories.
Game of Thrones returns April 24 on HBO.
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