Game Of Thrones season 4 first look pictures

News Louisa Mellor 31 Jan 2014 - 08:45

See what the Westeros gang are up to in season four of Game Of Thrones in this set of shiny, official photos...

Take a look below for an official first look at the cast of Game Of Thrones season four.

Deep breath now, in order you'll see... Dany, Sam, Ygritte, Tormund, Cersei, Jaime, Oberyn, Ellaria, Margaery, Olenna, Sansa, Tyrion, Joffrey, Tywin, Shae, Missandei, Daario, The Hound, and Jon Snow.

 

Game Of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday the 6th of April and on Sky Atlantic on Monday the 7th of April.

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Why don't the pictures display? It's the second article on your site that has this issue (a box asking for login shows up). Or is that only an issue with my browser/computer?

The site says: "Authentication Required"
What sorcery is this?

Clearly these pictures are so awesome that I don't have the appropriate security credentials to view them.

I'm getting it too

Apologies all! Had some tech gremlins but should hopefully be sorted now. Thanks.

It appears one of the small changes they made from the book was to give the Hound a smartphone.

Are you sure these were for Game of Thrones?

I mean... they've all got clothes on?

I've had it on a few pages too

How has Masie Williams (Arya Stark) not grown any taller?

Meanwhile, her screen sister Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) is now playing the tallest 14 year old in Westeros.

That ticked my fancy. 5 points to you.

Well, at least it ain't as bad as Spartacus or True Blood.

I always wonder why they use these photos - the one 3 from the bottom with Arya and Hound looks like might be a still from filming, but the rest are your typical 'publicity shots' where the actors are just standing in costume, neither doing nor saying anything other than looking like they're trying to look inconspicuous after someone asks who farted.

When I acted, I used to do 2 kinds of gigs: (1) minor parts in a few truly awful feature films and the occasional tv episode (2) sizeable parts and the occasional lead in professional theatre (putting aside profit-share, short film and other indie material, on the basis that they're produced differently). The 'publicity' stills for theatre would be as closely related to the 'finished product' as the stills were in the film gigs - i.e. at the end of a scene, while the crew is setting up for the next shot, an assisting director would get you to pose while you're still made up and in costume, and take a photo of you doing an 'actors' pose' before moving on. They have zero connection to anything that's actually happening in the scene (and are sometimes actively misleading) and the audience knows it.

Which makes me wonder - with film, why don't they take the publicity stills from the actual footage that's going to air? Sure, clean the stills up like you would with a photo, but use the actual footage. For an established show, the audience doesn't want to see the actors looking good - they want an insight into what is going to happen. Use actual footage (or at least put effort into making the stills look like actual footage instead of the 'hands by the side, mouth shut, pretending I'm looking at someone' pose), and let audiences have the fun of trying to guess what is happening in the scene.

The photo has her standing downhill, with the camera angle such as exagerate the height difference between her and the Hound. The camera is located at the top of the hill, but angled flat so that the ground is at the very edge of shot. Note how the 'colour' in the shot is all towards the centre, such that your eye naturally gravitates towards the characters' faces - conversely it's very easy for your eyes to completely miss or minimise the extent to which Hound is uphill of Maise.

In other words, she has grown taller, but the photo is set up in order to exagerate the height difference between the 2 characters. Given how Maise is constantly paired with very tall male actors (even without the Hound, they almost always pair her visually with tall extra), I think that they envisage the character as short and will keep on filming in such a way as to make it look like she hasn't grown taller.

It's just a reverse Tom Cruise. The guy is tiny-short, to the point where he's routinely dwarfed by the lead female, but how many of his films actually let you see that? Height is very easily disguised - as the photo illustrates, even when you can see the actor's full body, the ground and have another actor to compare them to, it's easy to cheat their height up and down.

Thanks for the detailed explanation! I can see that they're walking uphill now. Are you a film studies student or have you worked in cinematography?

I believe they use the same camera tricks with Peter Dinklage - he's actually 6ft 2".

They're not especially dynamic, but to me it feels intentional. They all seem to be scenes where the character, or one of them, is on the receiving end of dialogue (except Joffrey, who looks like he's spouting another braticism) so as to focus on the costumes and setting.
But I agree, it'd be nice to see some stills where a bit of the plot is sticking out.

Which picture are you talking about?

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