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'Game of Thrones' heads to IMAX

"Game of Thrones" and other shows will be

"Game of Thrones" and other shows will be getting new viewers with HBO's standalone service. Credit: HBO

In their mind's eye, or when they are not thinking about anything else at all, "Game of Thrones" fans have probably wondered what it would it have been like to have seen the wildlings scale Castle Black's walls on a TV screen almost as large as those walls ... or perhaps have seen that battle between Brienne and the Hound on a like-sized screen ... or maybe the dragons — ah yes, that moment when Daenerys chained one in the dungeon after the citizen brought before her the charred remains of his daughter.

What would dragons look like on a screen as large as a full-grown dragon?

Answers are all at hand: On Monday, HBO announced the final two episodes of the fourth season would be re-mastered for IMAX release. 

Here are the details: 

"On January 23, 2015, HBO will become the first television network to feature its programming in IMAX® theatres, showing two episodes from season four of Game of Thrones followed by the eagerly anticipated worldwide debut of an exclusively created sneak-peek trailer for IMAX of season five. The episodes will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and will be released for an exclusive one-week engagement in upwards of 150 IMAX theatres across the country’s top markets through January 29."

The surprise in this isn't in the "why" as much as in the "what took so long?" For devoted fans, IMAX would appear an excellent corollary to their incurable, insatiable devotion. And the final two episodes of the fourth, "The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children," would appear perfect as well — two roiling cinematic episodes that encapsulated so much of what "GoT" does best, from the epic to the intimate. 

This IMAX run, naturally, is a promotional opportunity that will lead (somewhat) into the fifth season launch sometime in April — no announcement yet, but early to mid-April has been the launch-date period, with one exception, March 31 for the third season. 

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