Check out the amazing Game of Thrones cover of Vanity Fair!

Vanity Fair

Am I the only one positively cannot handle her life or responsibilities because Game of Thrones will be back on April 6? I am finding myself actually angry with my boyfriend for flying out of the country that week in order to figure out his visa because it means he will not be around for the premiere, which I think means I am one of those terrible fans who needs to calm the F down and concentrate on what’s going on right now. But…what is going on right now (besides The Bachelor or whatever)? Why, the Vanity Fair cover featuring five of the biggest players in Game of Thrones, of course.

The photo spread was shot by Annie Leibovitz, which feels like a great match given her affinity for a dreamy but vivid quality to her photos. (I’m no professional portrait artist, but her pictures of celebrities and models all feel almost ethereal to me.) The cover itself features Emilia Clarke (who plays Daenerys Targaryan), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow), all shown upon the side of a Westeros-like cliff. I find it a little odd that four of the actors were dressed in GoT costumes while Coster-Waldau is in a suit one might wear to a super snazzy restaurant you have to actually get reservations for. Regardless, the shot is great.

The article itself is great, too, but it is a little stressful. Vanity Fair contributing editor Jim Windolf spoke to members of the GoT team and oh-my-goodness-you-guys, it’s giving me a little anxiety. While we are all obviously waiting on pins and needles for more episodes to arrive, Windolf notes that there’s even more of a time crunch because child actors such as Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) are aging, even as their characters do not. Of this pressure, author George R. R. Martin says:

“This is a serious concern. Maisie was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.”

Plus, Windolf spoke to Dinklage about the presence of a little person as a character that isn’t merely fulfilling a stereotypical fantasy role. Dinklage says,

“It just seemed like something I had never come across before, especially in the fantasy genre, which I still refuse to call this, even though we have dragons. It is just something that I was so eager to embrace, because it turned the dwarf stereotype in the fantasy genre on its head. And he’s a hero at the same time.

Even in The Lord of the Rings, which I really loved—I loved those books as a child and I adore Peter Jackson’s movies—but there’s just that thing with the dwarf stuff. That’s complete fantasy.”

My favorite excerpt of the interview, though: finding out that President Obama gets screeners early. Apparently that’s “one perk of being the most powerful man in the world,” according to co-creators D. B. Weiss and David Benioff. BRB, starting my political career ASAP.

Oh, and for more of this piece plus another amazing shot featuring OMG DRAGONS, check it out on Vanity Fair!