New Yorkers face many obstacles each day. A large prehistoric creature is usually not among them.

HBO placed the brown beast smack dab next to the iconic fountain at the hub of Lincoln Center Tuesday evening to celebrate the April 6 debut of the fourth season of its popular series “Game of Thrones.” The program, said Michael Lombardo, the Time Warner network’s president of programming has “defied” any effort to pigeonhole it as a “genre show” and is instead something much more broad.

HBO paid tribute to the series with humor and a touch of the highbrow. As the network prepared to show a new fourth-season episode in Avery Fisher Hall, a voice of one of the show’s characters announced that anyone who did not keep their mobile device from interrupting the proceedings would be executed. And then members of the New York Philharmonic took the stage to play the theme from the show.

PHOTOS: “Game of Thrones” Premiere and Party

Many members of the series’ sprawling cast were on hand including Peter Dinklage, Diana Rigg and Emilia Clarke. Calling attention to the cast took so long that creators/exec producers David Beinoff and D.B. Weiss had to caution the crowd, “We’re only halfway through.”

The after-party was held at the American Museum of Natural History.

(Pictured: Emilia Clarke and dragon friend at the “Game of Thrones” premiere)

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