First Images and Teaser Trailer for HBO’s Game of Thrones

HBO has released the first teaser trailer and a couple of images from their upcoming fantasy action TV series “Game of Thrones”, based on the bestselling “A Song of Fire and Ice” series of novels by George R.R. Martin. The show is headlined by Sean Bean, and if past HBO shows are any indication, you can expect plenty of blood, violence, and skin.

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue abound. The primary families are the Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon families. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard Stark to serve as his chief advisor. Eddard, suspecting that his predecessor had been murdered, accepts so that he can investigate further. It turns out more than one family is plotting to take the throne. The Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching an incestuous plot to take control. Across the sea, the last surviving members of the previously deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also plotting a return to power. The conflict between these families and others, including the Greyjoys, the Tullys, the Arryns, and the Tyrells, leads to war. Meanwhile, in the north, an ancient evil awakens. Amidst war and the political confusion, a brotherhood of misfits, The Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and the horrors beyond.

The cast includes Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Esmé Bianco, Jamie Campbell Bower, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Fairley, Jack Gleeso, Iain Glen.

“Game of Thrones” premieres on HBO in 2011.