Earlier this week IGN exclusively revealed 4 new posters for HBO's upcoming adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.  Just the other day we showed you the first official poster featuring the tag line "You Win Or You Die" which is a line from the novel but not one usually associated to the series.  We understand the line, and it speaks to a broader audience who is likely not familiar with the books, but it's nice to finally see "Winter Is Coming" used in HBO's marketing efforts.

The posters feature Ned, with the familiar Stark adage, Dany, with the line "I do not have a gentle heart," Cersei, with the line she shares with her brother "Everyone but us is the enemy," and Robert with the more humorous "Killing things clears my head."

Ned's poster is the strongest, and Robert's is a bit perplexing as it's slightly out of character (yes, we know he has a temper and can be violent, but it's really not the core of his character - feel free to debate away) and the image of him is deadly serious.  Without the book here to confirm, the line is from a discussion with Ned prior to going hunting, and wasn't written to show the sometimes murderous side of the King of Westeros.

Cersei's line tells you all you need to know about her, and this side of her is shown very early on so it's not much of a spoiler.  Dany's line, though we're sure it comes from the books, is not one that jumps to memory and also seems slightly out of character, at least until later events that we won't spoil here.

Yesterday we showed you the latest featurettes from HBO on Houses Stark and Baratheon and today we're going to look at Houses Lannister and Targaryen!

The Lannister feature gives us a broad overview of Cersei, Jamie, Joff, and Tyrion. Again, there's not too much here we haven't seen before but every time Peter Dinklage speaks we get goosebumps. The more and more footage of him that's released gives us every bit of confidence that fans of the books are going to love the adaptation and anyone unfamiliar with the books will get a performance from Peter that drives them to pick up the novels.

In the Targaryen feature we mostly hear from Dany and her brother, Viserys. There are glimpses of Jason Momoa as Kahl Drogo and we get to hear a few new (or familiar if you've read books) lines from Iain Geln as Jorah Mormont.

Last week HBO released a new featurette on House Stark and added to it last night with another on House Baratheon!

The first video opens with some background information that we've heard before and provides a bit more on Ned, Cat, Arya, Bran, Robb, Sansa, Rickon, and Jon Snow. We also get a more detailed look at Benjen Stark, First Ranger of the Night's Watch, and Martin discusses the Stark Direwolf.

The second video has the same basic intro and is a bit shorter. We hear from Mark Addy, who plays King Robert, and Lena Headey, who plays Queen Cersei. The most interesting bit though is our first real look at Renly, Robert's brother, who plays a major role throughout the series.

HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones got an official poster and tag line this past week.  The poster features Ned Stark, played by Sean Bean, sitting upon the Iron Throne of Westeros, his sword 'Ice' in his grip.  His expression can be read as thoughtful, sad, introverted, or possibly even defeated, any of which would make sense in the context of the story, but we'll avoid spoilers here for those who haven't read the novel.

The tag line "You Win Or You Die" isn't what we expected.  Like most fans we assumed "Winter Is Coming" would accompany the show's marketing but the new line makes sense and speaks to a wider audience not already familiar with the Stark adage.

While the poster promotes the April 17th premier date we'd like to remind you again to watch on April 3rd at 9pm EST when HBO will premier the first 15 minutes of the first episode.  And if our guesses are correct, those 15 minutes should end with a shocking scene that will keep you hooked for the duration of the season.

As time marches ever closer to the April 17th premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO has begun to roll out full preview footage. Over the weekend, the first full-length trailer was revealed. Clocking at 2:22, it definitely goes further that any of the previously released teasers and clips of footage. Some of the highlights include an extended look at The Wall, scenes of political intrigue with Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and a flurry of swordplay moments as the trailer rapidly comes to its end. Have a look for yourself:

An even bigger piece of news is that HBO will be airing a full 15-minute preview of the show on April 3rd at 9PM ET. For those fans who just can't wait another day, this should do a great job of holding you over.

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Over five years in the making, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons has finally been assigned a July 12th, 2011 release date. Fans have been clamoring for news on the novel as the Song of Ice and Fire series skyrockets in popularity and the HBO adaptation nears its April debut. In fact, the first book, A Game of Thrones only just recently broke into the New York Times best seller list for the first time.  Originally set to publish in 2007, this news is a relief to many who questioned whether the series would ever be completed. Even better news is that he is well into writing the following book, and that A Dance with Dragons may be the longest one yet once the final page count is determined.  Looks like there will be a lot of book to enjoy, so clear your schedules!

If you've been over to HBO's Game of Thrones web store lately, you may have noticed quite a few changes. The shop has gone from selling just a few basic t-shirts sporting the show's logo to a full-fledged clothing outlet. Fans can now pick up a wide variety of shirts that represent just about every major house in the Game of Thrones mythos. Below are examples of the House Stark and House Lannister tees:

Also, as part of a large marketing blitz orchestrated by project-based marketing agency Campfire, HBO last week sent out large wooden boxes filled with canvas scrolls and scented oils. The purpose of this strange swag was not quite clear until yesterday's launch of The Maester's Path interactive website, where clues from the oils set are needed to complete a puzzle.

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While the TV series Game of Thrones may be debuting this April on HBO, the original George R. R. Martin novel was originally published way back in 1996. When was the last time you read it? Fans looking forward to the series are left with two choices: watch the show with somewhat unfamiliar eyes, or break out that book to read it one more time (it's worth it).  Many fans have started reading, but with a 694 page count (835 paperback), not everybody has the time to get through this novel. For the latter crowd, there is still hope.

Released in both the iOS and Android app stores, the Game of Thrones Companion serves as an easy, $0.99 refresher to the lands of Westeros and beyond. The app is a fan-compiled  encyclopedia of creative commons sourced background information. Included is every character and house covered in all of the Song of Ice and Fire series books published to date. It's an immense collection of information, so be warned, there are spoilers abound from all four books. It's the perfect way to bone up on your trivia before Game of Thrones becomes what everybody is talking about.

 

To celebrate the release of the last set in the Brotherhood without Banners cycle for the Game of Thrones Living Card Game, Fantasy Flight Games has sent out a call to players of the game. Do you have what it takes to build the best tournament-legal deck of cards?

The contest will run from now until April 1st, at which point eight decks with the most creative yet viable strategies will be chosen by a panel of Fantasy Flight Games staffers. The important detail to note is that the originality of these decks will be count more in this first cut then their in-game strength. Outside of major sets, cards can only be chosen from one of the expansion cycles, thereby forcing entrants to stick with cards that naturally work together. This should lead to a few creative decks themed after certain aspects of the novels. To that end, one deck themed after each of the six houses will definitely be chosen along with two neutral decks.

After paring the submissions down to eight decks, the Fantasy Flight staffers will each take control of one deck in a proxy tournament. As part of a larger event at Fantasy Flight’s event center in Minnesota on April 17th, the decks will face each other in three rounds of Swiss-style tournament play, with the top 4 entering a single-elimination bracket. The tournament is promised to be part of an even larger day of events, the details of which will be revealed soon on the event center’s website.

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After a thirty year partnership, Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has decided to make things official by marrying his long-time companion, Parris. They held a ceremony on the evening of February 15th in their Sante Fe home, where a small gathering of friends and family joined them in celebration.

Martin later broke the news on his online journal and showed his sense of humor with jokes about Westerosi weddings and the uniqueness of his situation. Martin requested that for wedding photos and specifics of the event, that fans visit his original post. Those who would like to send their congratulations are encouraged to donate to one of the couple’s personal favorite charities:

http://www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org/

http://www.shelterbox.org/

http://www.worldwildlife.org/home-full.html

http://www.zoo.org.au/HealesvilleSanctuary/

In a preview that shows over three minutes of never-before-seen footage, HBO takes viewers on a tour through the major geographical areas of the Game of Thrones world. Author George R. R. Martin, several cast members and Executive Producers/Writers DB Weiss and David Benioff are all on hand to provide commentary on each setting. Throughout the show, the rulers of each area will vie for control over the others, in a story that Weiss says is “about people trying to gain power. It’s about people who already have power trying to keep power, and those caught in the middle.”

George R. R. Martin leads off the tour by introducing viewers to Winterfell, the homeland of Sean Bean’s lead character Ned Stark. Bean describes the cold and traditional Winterfell as “a much more bleak place. It’s a much more simple kind of environment. I think it’s just that coldness that stone room, the darkness. It’s not flamboyant in any way.”

The Stark family awaits guests at Winterfell’s castle

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With the April 17th debut of Game of Thrones quickly approaching and a comic book adaptation expected in late Spring, it’s time to take a deep dive into the original George R. R. Martin novel that inspired this all. Here’s a look at the top 10 moments from this classic book that we here at MTV Geek cannot wait to see play out on television.

While it is still unknown just how far into the book this first season of Game of Thrones will take us, these moments span the book’s entire length. That being said, you should be aware that this list is filled with spoilers. Unless you are already familiar with the plot, go grab the book and come back later. You can take our word that this is one well worth the time it takes to read.

#10: Sansa’s Direwolf is Executed
In the early events of Game of Thrones, the direwolves are an extremely important plot device. They are used to establish the culture of House Stark, and each also serves as a proxy for situations affecting their child masters. Sansa Stark in particular loses her direwolf to her father’s sword when it is to blame for an incident between Arya Stark and Joffrey Baratheon. Joffrey won’t stick up for Sansa’s direwolf even though he could save his future bride’s cherished companion, revealing his inner cruelty and serving as a chilling foreshadowing moment for the couple.

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Great news for George R.R. Martin fans: not only is his "Game Of Thrones" coming out soon from HBO, but now a monthly adaptation of his whole "A Song Of Ice And Fire" series will soon be available from Bantam Books and Dynamite Entertainment!

The comic book will be written by Daniel Abraham, the author of The Long Price Quartet, and illustrated by Tommy Patterson, with the first issue expected to hit stands in late spring 2011. Bantam will be publishing the collected editions of the comics.

Get your first look at these character sketches of Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow below, then read on for more details about this much-anticipated comics event! And stay tuned to MTV Geek for all the latest news on the "A Song Of Ice And Fire" comic and the TV miniseries "Game of Thrones."

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The official Game of Thrones production diary has added another entry into their “The Artisans” series of videos. In this latest clip, Maisie Williams describes her efforts to learn the mechanics of swordplay. For the show, Maisie will be portraying Arya Stark, the youngest daughter of show’s lead character, Ned Stark. Here we see her with her practicing with her custom lightweight sword, Needle.

The new footage is a great peek into the series, as none of the young Stark children have been featured in the already-released teasers or trailers. As a first peek into the youth of this show, one can’t help but feel confident that Masie will do an excellent job in her portrayal of Arya Stark.

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The latest Game of Thrones preview footage released from HBO’s production diary focuses on the Iron Throne. For those not familiar with the series of novels by George R. R. Martin, know that it is focused on the fantasy world of Westeros where much controversy is brewing as to who should be the rightful king. Whoever holds that title will sit atop the Iron Throne, crafted completely from swords surrendered by enemies of Westeros.

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