Three-eyed raven soothsayers beckoned guests in an alcove of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel while tankards of ale were being filled to the brim across the way. Upstairs, direwolves (faux, of course) took over the bowling alley and Dothraki henna tattoos were being applied.
This is how HBO rings in the sixth season of "Game of Thrones," which debuts Sunday. And it's no wonder.
To say the fantasy epic is the crown jewel for the premium cable network would be as understated as an entrance by one of Daenerys' dragons. Even President Obama can't get enough — securing early access to Season 6 episodes from the Time Warner Inc. premium pay-TV channel.