Watch 14 minutes of HBO’s Game of Thrones

The HBO press machine has been in full swing lately, releasing one teaser or ​“behind the scenes” featurette after another. However, this one trumps them all: it’s the opening minutes of Game of Thrones, and includes our first glimpses of both the Wall and the lands beyond it, and Winterfell, home of honorable House Stark. Sure, I have some relatively minor quibbles — one of my favorite scenes in the entire series, a discussion between Eddard Stark and his son Bran on the nature of courage, is truncated — but overall, it looks fantastic. Winter can’t come fast enough.

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