HBO has just premiered this new trailer for its upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones. The series is based on the “A Song of Fire and Ice” novels by George R. R. Martin, which HBO describes as “the Sopranos in Middle Earth.” The novels are set in a land called Westeros, where the royal family struggles with enemies and one another for power. The tagline “Winter is Coming” has been used repeatedly by HBO in promotion of the series; this is because “summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime” in Westeros.
Gervais, like most of the stars and guests on Curb, will be playing himself, although it will no doubt be an exaggerated version of himself. He’s signed on to join the cast for a single episode late in the upcoming Season 8. On a show known for improvisation, you’d be hard-pressed to find a modern comedian more suited to the show.
In other HBO news, the pay-cable network has released the first trailer for its hotly-anticipated series, Game of Thrones, which is based on the novel by George R.R. Martin. The series doesn’t debut until next year, but here’s the first all-too-brief teaser.