7,000 'Game of Thrones' fans saw the Season 4 premiere early - and one won an Iron Throne

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game-of-thrones-season-4-premiere-barclays-2.jpgOnly days after the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 world premiere took place at New York City's Lincoln Center, HBO put together another special screening of the season's first episode, "Two Swords." The network offered 7,000 tickets to fans so they could all view the Season 4 premiere episode together at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the response was overwhelming.

It was a special night for everyone involved. Many fans came in costume, with some even swapping genders for the night. 

Those in attendance were treated to a performance of the theme song by a marching band. Common, who contributed a song to the "Game of Thrones" mixtape, "Catch the Throne,"
also showed up.
Hosting the night was cast member Kristian Nairn (Hodor). Those in attendance were also surprised by guest appearances from author George R.R. Martin and stars Maisie Williams (Arya), Sibel Kekilli (Shae) and John Bradley (Sam).

One lucky guest, 37-year-old Mike Ross from Hoboken, N.J., walked away with a lot more than he brought. Martin announced that Ross was the winner of a life-size Iron Throne replica, which retails for $30,000 on the HBO Store.

Fan responses to the Season 4 premiere were glowing:

Tickets for the event cost $15, and all proceeds were donated to the charities Nothing But Nets and Books For Africa. "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Photo/Video credit: HBO