Because it’s been far too long since we’ve seen The Lord of the Rings’ Sean Bean do a bunch of cool stuff with long hair and a sword, HBO has released the first 15 minutes of Game of Thrones, the Sean Bean-starring adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novel series, online.  And yes, there are swords, beards, long hair, horses, and cloaks.  This stuff is all still cool, right?

/Film has a breakdown of the series:

“Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.”

I have absolutely no idea what any of that means.

But!  The preview does look cool, and HBO knows how to do dramatic television.  Decide for yourself, and check out the first 15 minutes of Game of Thrones:

What did you think of the Game of Thrones preview?  Will you be tuning in to HBO to watch the full series?