Game of Thrones Premiere Sneak Peek: The Bleak Midwinter

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Viewers were presented with quite the tease for HBO's Game of Thrones last night, as the network debuted the first 15 minutes of the April 17 series premiere.

A sense of slow-building dread pervades the extended preview, with a near-silent, bleak first scene preceding the introduction of some of the series’ characters.

That's not to say that heads won't roll. Early and often, it appears.

Hard as it is to judge by 15 minutes, the show looks like it will meet expectations and then some, with excellent pacing and scenes carefully depicted throughout.

Check out the preview (split into two parts below) and comment:

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Game of Thrones Quotes

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.

Tyrion Lannister