For some reason, HBO is bringing the last two episodes of season 4 ofGame of Thrones to IMAX.
Yes I know people love the show and the scale of the production probably makes it fitting for a big screen version but I'm not entirely sure about the appeal of watching old episodes with no new material just in a bigger format.
The main draw here is that they're also going to show a trailer for Season 5, and there's a tiny snippet of that in this promo.
Good news - Tyrion's alive. Because there's no way HBO are going to kill off one of their best characters between season breaks like absolute ninnys. The IMAX release is certainly a spectacular way to signal the fact the new season is coming in April, at least for people able to get to the 200 large format screens in the US which will be showing it.
I'm mostly curious about how the conversion process will go. I can't find detailed specs but Game of Thrones is shot digitally but certainly not for the IMAX frame. It's set to be upconverted but probably to a normal widescreen format so it won't fill all areas of the larger screen. Or it could be digitally blown up and reframed but the last time I saw that was for The Matrix Reloaded and it was particularly poor.
Game of Thrones hits IMAX screens on the 29th of January 2015.
Season 5 returns to screens on April 12th 2015.