'Game of Thrones' teaser: 'Winter is coming' to HBO


Behold the first taste of HBO's heavily anticipated fantasy series "Game of Thrones."

There isn't a whole heck of a lot to grab onto in the 20 seconds or so of video, save for a stark, wintry look to the production design and a couple of quick-cut shots of the strife we're sure to see over the course of the show -- as first hinted in the one image from the show HBO has released so far.

It also gives us the tagline for the show: "Winter is coming," which doubles as a reminder of when "Game of Thrones" will premiere: It's scheduled to debut in early 2011.

"Game of Thrones" is based on George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" novels; the cast includes Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Michelle Fairley. Martin is also a co-executive producer of the series; David Benioff ("Troy," "25th Hour") and D.B. Weiss wrote the pilot script and are executive producing.

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For the record:
An earlier version of this post listed Jennifer Ehle as part of the "Game of Thrones" cast. She was in the original pilot but was replaced by Michelle Fairley.