Package Harington Leaves Early, Free Popcorn and One Killer Spoiler Warning


Simply when New Yorkers thought spring had lastly sprung, winter got here again to city Wednesday evening, together with the world premiere of the eighth and ultimate season of “Sport of Thrones.”

TheWrap was in attendance at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor when HBO welcomed its “GoT” stars, different celebrities, followers, TV execs and members of the media “to the start of the tip” — as a voiceover reminded us earlier than the screening — of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ epic fantasy sequence.

And although we will’t inform you what occurred on display screen (at the very least not till the Season Eight premiere airs on April 14), we will provide up some particulars about what we noticed and heard earlier than returning to Westeros.

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1. HBO laid declare to Rockefeller Middle with a large Iron Throne
No, like, a GIANT Iron Throne (see above). If everybody preventing for management of the Seven Kingdoms might see this mega-chair, they could contemplate conquering Midtown Manhattan as a substitute.

2. “Sport of Thrones” stars had been in good firm
Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sean Bean, Jason Momoa, Natalie Dormer and even George R.R. Martin himself. Sure, virtually the entire “Sport of Thrones” fam was entrance and middle tonight — Lena Headey was sick and Package Harington bailed early (extra on that later). However HBO additionally invited huge names like John Oliver, Rosie O’Donnell and Joe Jonas — simply to call a number of.

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3. The road was unhealthy — in the event you had been early
Apparently it doesn’t all the time pay to be on time. Those that arrived hours upfront to select up their tickets for the present needed to maneuver round hordes of followers in Rockefeller Middle first and then wait in an extended line to get their coveted passes (extra on that in a second). In case you had been late, you had a shorter wait.

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4. The fanciest tickets this facet of Essos 
In case you had been fortunate sufficient to get one of many assigned seats inside Radio Metropolis Music Corridor tonight, it got here with a hologram ticket that includes the Iron Throne. Oh, and everybody obtained some free popcorn and water, too.

5. A lot of love for the Starks, not a lot for the Lannisters
Reactions to the pre-screening packages showcasing the Nice Homes of Westeros proved there was numerous loyalty to the Starks in the home by way of some very loud applause. The identical couldn’t be mentioned for the Lannisters’ reel. Nevertheless, the Home Stark footage did run first, so timing might have been the explanation behind louder cheering for the wolves than the lions, not simply followers’ disdain for Cersei.

6. A killer spoiler alert
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner obtained into character as Arya and Sansa to remind everybody that images had been strictly forbidden and episode particulars have to be saved underneath wraps: “Bear in mind what occurred to the final individual that f–ked with us.” (R.I.P. Littlefinger.)

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7. Richard Plepler will get thanked — so much
The previous HBO chairman and CEO, who introduced his exit from the corporate in February, may need truly been name-dropped greater than anybody on the present itself. Plepler obtained many a shout-out from HBO programming chief Casey Bloys and the showrunners throughout their respective introductions earlier than the episode.

8. The present didn’t get on the street straight away
The premiere screening was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET, however over 50 minutes of speeches and retrospective footage pushed that begin time again till virtually Eight o’clock.

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9. Package bailed for SNL
Whereas the forged took the stage earlier than the episode began to welcome everybody, Harington needed to exit early. Blame his “Saturday Night time Stay” internet hosting duties for taking Jon Snow away.

10. Sorry, no title
The identify of the Season Eight premiere was not revealed earlier than or after the episode screened. However had it been, we’d most likely be killed by Arya if we informed you what it’s known as.

“Sport of Thrones” Season Eight premieres April 14 at 9/8c on HBO.


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