'Game of Thrones' IMAX screenings delayed a week

'Game of Thrones' IMAX screenings delayed a week
Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister in HBO's "Game of Thrones." The IMAX screenings of two episodes have been delayed until Jan. 29. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

Fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" will have to wait just a bit longer to see two episodes displayed on massive IMAX screens. But they won't have to wait a whole lot longer. HBO and IMAX have delayed the screenings by a week due to high fan interest.

Two episodes of last year's fourth season will now be showing in 200 IMAX theaters on Jan. 29 and run through Feb. 5.

Originally, the screenings were to debut on Jan. 23 on 150 IMAX screens, but high advance interest has prompted HBO and IMAX to push the whole event.

Tickets will now go on sale Jan. 16.

The two episodes screening are "The Watchers on the Wall," the massive hour-long battle at Castle Black between the Night's Watch and the Wildlings, and the season finale, "The Children."

The screenings will also include the debut of the first sneak peek at "Game of Thrones" Season 5, which comes to HBO on April 12.

Additionally, the first 300 ticket holders to the first 10 p.m. screening on Jan. 29 will receive a special poster designed by illustrator Robert Ball that features "interpretive images of the most iconic deaths in each episode."

Grim, but definitely a good conversation starter.

While the delay of a week may be an annoyance to fans eager to relive some favorite moments on the big screen, it's nothing compared to the three and a half years of waiting since the last new "Song of Ice and Fire" novel by George R.R. Martin, "A Dance With Dragons," was released.

While there's still no publication date set for "The Winds of Winter," at least there are dates for the IMAX screenings and TV show. Anything to tide over the hunger for more of the story.

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