NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Game of Thrones fans who were able to get tickets to tonight's HBO Game of Thrones: The Epic Fan Experience event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., you are in for a treat.
I was among the roughly 1,400 attendees invited to view the Game of Thrones Season Four premiere on Tuesday night at Lincoln Center.
Without giving any spoilers to the episode, I will say the premiere was awesome, partly because I got to watch it on a big screen with surround sound and partly because, well, it's Game of Thrones. So any questions that either George R.R. Martin -- the author of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, which Time Warner (TWX) HBO's show is based on -- or showrunners David Benioff or D.B. Weiss were considering about a big screen adaption, it could definitely work.
While watching the first episode was of course the main reason I went to the event, the night was filled with GoT eye candy and a few surprises.
First, most of the show's cast (those that are still alive) were in the audience watching with us. While sadly, notable absences were: Kit Harington (who plays Jon Snow), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who plays Jaime Lannister) and Natalie Dormer (who plays Margaery Tyrell), others were there, looking slightly different than what fans are used to seeing them dressed as in the show. Both Emilia Clarke (who plays Daenerys Targaryen) and Lena Headey (who plays Cersei Lannister) had dark hair and much shorter than the long blond and golden locks we fans are used to.
Gwendoline Christie (who plays Brienne of Tarth), while extremely tall was also extremely feminine, wearing a short black and white dress. Fans like me are used to seeing Brienne in masculine attire at she battles her way through Westeros.
Next - and this truly is only something that only can be done in New York -- before the episode was shown, the New York Philharmonic played the show's beautiful and well-known (by fans at least) opening score. The orchestra also played another notable song from the show, The Rains of Castamere, which was the song played during the final moments of Season Three's "Red Wedding."
We were then bused to the American Museum of Natural History for an after party inside the museum's famous Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, otherwise known as the "big whale room" because there is a giant whale hanging from the ceiling which stretches most of the room's length.
Going to New York's famous museum at night after it's already closed, initially felt like a Night at the Museum, but of course I was there for far better reasons.
The museum after party allowed lowly reporters like myself to mingle with the cast, HBO executives and industry peeps.
And then, of course, there were the celebrity attendees who aren't in the show. Sally Fields, Amanda Peet (I'm 90% sure she walked by me in the whale room since her husband is David Benioff, one of GoT's showrunners) and Zosia Mamet (from HBO's Girls), to name a few.
There were also several exhibits at the party - from clothing worn by the characters to being allowed to "sit" on the Iron Throne and have your picture taken. (I actually sat on it last year at the Time Warner Cable (TWC) exhibition, so I went in search of other exhibits.)
One thing I didn't get to try - blame the line - an immersive virtual reality experience called "Ascend the Wall" in which partygoers were invited to try their hand at scaling the show's 700-foot wall of ice using 3-D goggles.
I expect that tonight's event at the Barclay's Center will be similar to Tuesday's event, except with a larger audience. HBO said in a release that the "experience" will debut the first episode of Season Four and will "also include show costumes and props displays from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, photo ops on the Iron Throne and other special surprises."
And while there were many irate fans pissed that they couldn't get a ticket to the event (which was limited to 7,000 people), those that were able to get tickets to the Game of Thrones event tonight at the Barclays center, get ready, it will be worth it.
--Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.