Obviously, it turned out that quite a few people are willing to pay money to watch something that they have already paid money to see in “Game of Thrones.” HBO confirmed today that following enormous demand and online traffic about their plans to screen two episodes of the show, and also a season 5 trailer, in IMAX theaters around the country, they have decided to shift back the dates of the screenings slightly. Rather than having them begin on January 23, they will now run from January 29 to February 5.
One of the primary reasons for this change is to allow more expansion. Specifically, this enables there to be 200 IMAX theaters that will be able to take part in the screening event, an increase from the 150 or so that were originally on board. Most of the major markets in the United States, and also Toronto in Canada, are all taking part in this event.
It has also been confirmed that the two episodes specifically being screened are “The Watchers on the Wall” and “The Children,” the final two episodes of the fourth season. We’re glad that this is the case for a number of reasons. While we of course feel like the story trajectory makes sense here to carry into next season, these are also two of the most stunning episodes visually. If you are paying to see something in IMAX, isn’t it great to see a giant battle scene?
Personally, we hope that this leads to a decision by HBO to put the premiere of a season in IMAX at some point, given that this would turn the premiere into even more of an event.
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