Game of Thrones screening draws fans to Brooklyn

The fourth season of HBO’s increasingly popular medieval fantasy-drama will premiere on 6 April.

The fourth season of HBO’s increasingly popular medieval fantasy-drama will premiere on 6 April. Picture: Facebook.

NEW YORK -Two weeks ahead of the fourth season debut of_ Game of Thrones_, 7,000 fans got to see the episode early at a special screening in Brooklyn.

The fourth season of HBO's increasingly popular medieval fantasy-drama will premiere on 6 April, but 7,000 people who bought tickets to the Brooklyn event were treated to an advance screening of the season's first episode, along with a brief panel discussion with several cast members and author George RR Martin, whose books form the basis for the television show.

The show's plot combines a long war between several noble houses in Westeros, but with elements of magic and fantasy - including dragons and the undead - in the mix.

Fans swarmed the arena for a chance to sit on the Iron Throne, the king's seat in the fictional world of Westeros, where the series takes place, see costumes used in the show, and buy merchandise, including a recently released hip-hop album, Catch the Throne, inspired by the series.

The rapper Common appeared at the arena to perform his song The Ladder, which appears on the soundtrack.

The third season averaged 14.2 million viewers across all viewing platforms, according to HBO parent Time Warner, which makes it HBO's second-most-popular show of all time, trailing only The Sopranos.

With each season composed of just 10 episodes, it's been a long wait since the previous season's shocking end. Many attendees said they busied themselves with reading,or re-reading the books, or revisiting old episodes.

Fans cited the show's ability to present nuanced characters that fall along the moral spectrum, and whose biggest struggles are often not with other-worldly creatures, but personal relationships with family members.