Spring technically arrived on Thursday, but in New York winter is coming.
To promote the Season 4 launch of
Inside, members of the New York Philharmonic performed the show's main title theme and "The Rains of Castamere," the Lannister family's chiling anthem -- the sounds of which will forever haunt anyone who's seen last season's Red Wedding episode. Ramin Djawadi, who writes the music for "Game of Thrones," conducted.
Introducing the premiere episode, "Two Swords," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo boasted that the series had "defied any attempt to pigeonhole it as a genre show" and promised that Season 4 would prove "Game of Thrones" to be the "best-written, best-acted" show on television. Series creators and show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss introduced the many members of the show's sprawling cast who were in attendance, including
Later, at an afterparty at the American
The "Game of Thrones" takeover continued Thursday across the Narrow Sea -- excuse me, the East River -- in downtown Brooklyn, where 7,000 fans, many of them in costume, attended an advanced screening of the premiere episode at Barclays Center. The "Epic Fan Experience," as it was dubbed, featured a high school marching band performing the theme song and a set by Common, who played his song "The Ladder" from the "Game of Thrones" mixtape. In a surprise twist, author George R.R. Martin and cast members Williams, Kristian Nairn,