Audiences returned to the fantastical world of Westeros Wednesday night for the seventh season premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Gold Derby was in attendance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles where the first episode was screened, titled “Dragonstone.” Those worried about spoilers need not fear: we’re not allowed to reveal anything until its official debut on Sunday, July 16.
Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss introduced the episode to the sold-out auditorium, while stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie spoke in voice-over as their characters Jon Snow and Ygritte to warn party-goers about spoilers. Other stars in attendance were Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Iain Glen, Alfie Allen, Conleth Hill, Liam Cunningham, John Bradley, Jerome Flynn, Indira Varma, Jacob Anderson, Richard Dormer and Gwendoline Christie. Several other celebs made appearances at the star-studded event, including Jimmy Kimmel, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Peet, Jeff Garlin, Adina Porter, Jay Roach, Timothy Simons, Amanda Crew, Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson.
Before the episode started, attendees were treated to a live orchestration of the “Game of Thrones” score conducted by series composer Ramin Djawadi. The performance was a sampling of a concert that toured 24 dates across the U.S. and Canada. Djawadi just earned an Emmy nomination on Thursday for another HBO show, “Westworld.”
Based on the best-selling books by George R.R. Martin, this fantasy series has been an Emmy juggernaut for HBO, winning 12 prizes in 2015 and another 12 in 2016, including consecutive victories for Best Drama Series. That makes it the most rewarded show in a single year (beating out “The West Wing’s” nine wins in 2000), and its 38 total trophies makes it the most rewarded series of all time, besting “Frasier’s” previous record of 37. Its absence from the 2017 ballot can be accounted for by its late premiere date: Emmy eligibility ends on May 31.
Viewers will soon find out who’ll sit atop the Iron Throne, as there are only 13 episodes remaining between “Game of Thrones” Seasons 7 and 8. A lavish after-party followed the premiere atop a rented-out parking lot, with stilt-walkers and exotic dancers clad entirely in white, as well as catered food and drink.