In early March, I got an email from someone on behalf of HBO.
We want to thank you for supporting Game of Thrones over the past three Seasons and as one of our top NYC based superfans, we would love to have you to join us for an exclusive Season 4 red carpet event and early screening of the first episode!
As with most emails, especially emails marked with the headline “Exclusive Game of Thrones Red Carpet Event + Screening!”, I couldn’t help but to feel skeptical. I know it’s bad practice, but I went ahead and clicked on the link in the message anyway. My web browser kicked open a new window and there it was, Run of Thrones. Surprisingly, it wasn’t link bait to Amazon.com where I could buy all 3 seasons of GoT (I already own this). Perhaps these spam bots were getting good at spamming.
After a few emails back and forth with the correspondent about dress code (no cosplay) and the number of people attending (only 75 people selected!), my skepticism quickly melted away into enthusiasm. It was the perfect ending to the Run of Thrones project. A night alongside the red carpet at the GoT premiere and watching the 1st episode of season 4 before everyone else with the cast. It was nerd glory!
On the day of the event, I threw on a suit and a new pair of Nike Flyknit Trainers. It was a nod to all the Run of Thrones running done last year using Nike Running gear and app. With phone charged, it was GoT Premiere NYC time!
Lo and behold, the red carpet.
After the red carpet, we were ushered inside of Lincoln Center onto the second floor where we overlooked the main mezzanine. You could see Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey) walking down the aisle as though he was still King; Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) pointing and enthusiastically calling out the Stark kids (Maisie, Sophie, and Issac); Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) getting ready for the show sans chainmail. Then there was Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) on the PA system telling the audience to turn off all cellphones during the show or else they will be executed. It was all too surreal like a universe parallel to that of the one we know of in Westeros.
It didn’t stop there.
Before the start of the show, we were led into the season 4 premiere with Ramin Diawadj leading the NYC Philharmonic Orchestra. They played the main theme song (of course) followed by the Rains of Castamere. For the next 15 minutes, I was caught up in the music and had the biggest and stupidest grin on my face.
And finally, it was onto episode 1 of season 4. No spoilers here. All I have to say is that it was an amazing start to a super anticipated season.
Next Run of Thrones
The new season officially kicks off on April 4, 2014 and to celebrate, we will be running House Martell of Dorne’s sigil, which is represented by a gold spear piercing a red sun. Their words, “Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken.” Starting point and time will be announced on the Run of Thrones’ Instagram feed within the week of the season premiere. We look forward to seeing you there!