Stunning new trailer for Game of Thrones

throne If you aren't already excited by what has been unveiled of HBO's adaptation of A Game of Thrones, I’m willing to bet that this new trailer will change your mind. It looks superb and goes a long way toward confirming what many of us had hoped: this series will be the complex, well-acted, visually stunning and wholly entertaining fantasy series for adults we've been waiting for.

If it is, Game of Thrones will be something entirely new as far as epic fantasy made for the small screen is concerned.

As we commented last year, HBO's intention to adapt the entire sequence of novels in George R.R. Martin's award winning fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire represents some serious long term planning. It also reveals considerable faith in the quality of Martin’s writing and his ability to deliver.  Faith in the quality of his writing is certainly not misplaced. As for his ability to deliver, well that remains to be seen. As it stands, only four books of a planned seven have been published. The first, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996, followed by A Clash of Kings (1998), A Storm of Swords (2000)  and A Feast of Crows (2005). The fifth in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was due to be released early this year but is still yet to hit bookshelves. Given the increasing amount of time between novels, it could be 2020 before Martin wraps up the series, and this could leave HBO twiddling its thumbs as it waits to film the final instalment.

The wait will be worth it.

The first season of ten episodes is due for release next year, and though I’ve said it before, I'm now more convinced than ever that Game of Thrones  will be THE 2011 TV event for fans of epic fantasy.

The cast for series one is impressive and includes Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Troy), Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 300), Peter Dinklage (Prince Caspian) , Harry Lloyd (from the BBC Robin Hood series) and  Mark Addy (A Knight's Tale and Tuck in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood).

In case you missed EW.com’s exclusive first look at Game of Thrones the other week, you'll find some great photos here.

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