Westeros Descended upon SF for ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere

Monday night was the U.S. premiere of the new season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ held at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, and I found myself walking through a tent, surrounded by black-clad workers scurrying around cords, camera equipment, and putting last minute touches on the set for the live stream of the event.

I was lucky enough to score a red carpet pass, and had a lovely time taking photographs of the very talented and charming cast:

It was a beautifully done event. Prior to Richard Plepler, Head of HBO, taking the stage at the screening, a slithering voice boomed over the speakers, warning execution if any interruption was made during the episode. On the screen?

“…and now a message from the master of whisperers…”

Unexpectedly, one of my favorite cast members throughout the whole evening was Gwendoline Christie who plays the harsh, Brienne of Tarth. She was incredibly graceful, and offered many waves, air kisses, and more than a few selfies with fans while gushing about her fabulous green dragon earrings that complemented her Jean Paul Gaultier Couture dress.

Gwendoline Christie gushed about her fabulous dragon earrings on the red carpet Monday night.

Some of the actors opted for more casual looks (Hey, we’re in San Francisco after all — the world capital of “hoodie billionaires”).

Emilia Clarke was gorgeous in Alexander McQueen.

Maisie was adorable. Enough said.

Really loved Nathalie Emmanuel’s color blocked Mugler.

Sophie Turner in an off the shoulder Chalayan

Fans also couldn’t get enough of Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor, which the crowd outside the Opera House kept chanting every time they caught a glimpse of the 6' 10" actor. Who caught his DJ act?!

Tom Wlaschiha, aka Jaqen H’ghar
Our favorite Lannister, Peter Dinklage
Carice van Houten aka, Melisandre
Kit Harington, aka Jon Snow had some pretty stylish duds on Monday.

Do we trust Daario Naharis?

If he’s Michiel Huisman, then yes. Although, I’m still not sold on the blue Louis Vuitton…

George R.R. Martin wore his standard outfit, but I don’t care what he wears as long as he finishes Book Six in this decade.

The after party at San Francisco City Hall was just as detailed as one might imagine. Fans could take their seat on the Iron Throne, while sipping “Three-Eyed Raven” dark saison ale from Brewery Ommegang, or take a ride up The Wall via Oculus Rift. If you were lucky, you could snag a picture with the ever obliging cast and crew.

Of course, I had to snag a quick pic before the festivities began!

People don’t say thank you enough. So a big Thank You to HBO for letting me be part of the experience Monday evening, but more importantly for bringing these amazing books to life, and to the talented actors who give form to the images in our minds.

As for the new Season? Well you’ll just have to wait until April 12th…but winter is coming.