It seems like an impossible task to swear thousands of people -- including press, guests of HBO, and other random celebrities -- to secrecy, but that was the gamble the network took to celebrate the final run of their Gregor Clegane-sized hit. On the way out, attendees were handed buttons reading "Keep The Secrets" adorned with the face of Westeros' resident cunning know-it-all Varys. (This is the same trick the Harry Potter play pulls to avoid the spread of spoilers.)
But the premiere itself wasn't shrouded in whispers. Instead, Thrones essentially took over Rockefeller Plaza for the evening. A giant -- and we mean giant -- replica of the Iron Throne was erected in the spot where the Christmas tree usually stands. It sat at the end of the red carpet, which also decked out in the series' iconography. Fans clamored to get a look at the past and present members of the cast that were on hand, including many who've long departed the world of living Game of Thrones characters. Jack Gleeson, who played the psychopathic nightmare of a boy king Joffrey Baratheon, was there, as was Pedro Pascal, known for getting his skull popped open as Oberyn Martell; Khal Drogo/Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, showed up. Inside the theater, where footage from the carpet was being broadcast, audience members cheered when erstwhile Ned Stark, Sean Bean, appeared.