What size is the best-sized television on which to watch an epic battle between the entire Night's Watch and a fraction of the Wildling forces in the Game of Thrones episode "The Watchers on the Wall?" Until today, we would have said, "The largest television screen you have." But why find a Samsung 110-incher when you can have the full-on ultra-widescreen glory known as IMAX?
HBO will be screening the last two episodes of season four's Game of Thrones ("The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children") from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29 in 150 IMAX theaters across the country; this means the screens will be a minimum size of 23 x 48 feet, with an average of 52 x 72 feet. That's just large enough to give Game of Thrones the epic epicness that this epic deserves.
According to HBO:
The IMAX® release of Game of Thrones will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Lucky attendees will also be getting a sneak-peak trailer for the upcoming season five (and we mean more than just a glimpse of Tyrion skulking, as we saw in a recent HBO 2015 roundup trailer).
I've been afraid for the fate of Game of Thrones ever since I realized that HBO hasn't been pumping its advertising dollars straight into Westeros as it has done for the previous four seasons. This is the proof that the network won't be neglecting its social media superstar.