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And here's the big blast from HBO that I have been promising:



HBO Entertainment
Season one will total 10 episodes
Production is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is will begin principal photography on July 26, 2010.

“Game of Thrones” has received funding from Northern Ireland Screen and will shoot in the Paint Hall studio, Belfast, as well as various locations in Northern Ireland. A second location for production will be Malta with assistance from the Malta Film Commission.


“Game of Thrones” is a new original HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novels. In a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Westeros crown comes with a price. Betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdom, from the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noble men vie for power in the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne.


David Benioff Executive Producer
D.B. Weiss Executive Producer
Carolyn Strauss Co-Executive Producer
Guymon Casady Co-Executive Producer
Vince Gerardis Co-Executive Producer
Ralph Vicinanza Co-Executive Producer
George R.R. Martin Co-Executive Producer
Mark Huffam Producer
Frank Doelger Producer
Marco Pontecorvo Director of Photography
Alik Sakharov Director of Photography
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Michele Clapton Costume Designer

The pilot was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The writers of the series are: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (seven episodes), Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson and George R.R. Martin (one episode each). “Game of Thrones” is based on the series of books “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin.

The pilot director was Tom McCarthy. Series directors include: Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor. Other directors will be announced as they are confirmed.


Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Sean Bean as Eddard “Ned” Stark
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jamie Lannister
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden as Rob Stark
Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (Hound)
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark


John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Conleth Hill as Varys
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin


Josef Altin as Pyp
Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon
Ciaran Bermingham as Mord
Esme Bianco as Ros
Susan Brown as Septa Mordane
Dominic Carter as Janos Slynt
Antonia Christophers as Mhaegen
Kate Dickie as Lysa Arryn
Roy Dotrice as Grand Maester Pycelle
Emun Elliott as Marillion
Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn
Jefferson Hall as Ser Hugh of the Vale
Derek Halligan as Alliser Thorne
Rhodri Hosking as Mycah
Margaret John as Old Nan
Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell
Dermot Keaney as Gared
Francis Magee as Yoren
Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark
Brendan McCormack as Ser Vardis Egan
Ian McElhinney as Ser Barristan Selmy
Luke McEwan as Rast
Kristian Nairn as Hodor
Rob Ostlere as Ser Waymar Royce
Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister
Jamie Sives as Jory Cassel
John Standing as Jon Arryn
Conan Stevens as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon Targaryen
Miltos Yeromelou as Syrio Forel


George again, with a few closing comments.

Yes, we will be filming in Malta, rather than returning to Morocco. The Knights Hospitaller were kind enough to build some great sets for us.

"Mhaegan" is little Barra's mother. She has no name in the novel.

Two more directors have been named. This was news to me as well. I'm excited too.

Lysa's son has been renamed for the series. "Robin" instead of "Robert," as in the books. He's still Sweetrobin.

Marillion has not been renamed, though I offered to do so. I was tired of people assuming he was named after the band. I had never heard of the band when I named him, though I've heard a lot about them since.

'nuff said. This should give you plenty to chew on for a few days... while casting continues and we nail down a few more parts. Lots more still to come, including Osha, Shae, and Twyin.


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Jul. 16th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)

Why was little Robert Arryn renamed? Just curious.
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what's that about? I don't like it.
(no subject) - matthewbowers - Jul. 16th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Lots of exciting news! I've been going through everyone on IMDB, lol. Thanks for the post! I just can't wait to see it :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
You were busy keeping us busy. Thank you!
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)

and I love Malta <3
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
I still have only one real complaint so far and that is Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, but I will allow this fine actress to persuade me otherwise when the time comes. Age be damned.
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
No Tywin, Lyanna or Rhaegar huh?
Ah well, still a ton of good news! Thanks so much for sharing! :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I didn't even think about Rhaegar and Lyanna being cast for flashbacks! I can't WAIT to see Rhaegar... I hope he's beautiful <3
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
From what I saw, Jaime was also renamed (he figures in the cast as Jamie).
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hey George, isn't there kind of a big bad spoiler in that cast list?? It's got Egg's last name.

Otherwise, YAY!
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
The character in question would be Egg's brother, not Egg himself, and it's a detail one wouldn't really know without reading "The Hedge Knight" in the first place. :)
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Jul. 16th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I immagined Cercei cold blond beauty, and Catelyn look a lot like the lady acting Cercei in this production :/
Kingslayer, Ned Sansa and Arya are perfect though :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
All this news about the show has been very exciting. Knowing that you're part of it reassures me that the translation from book to screen will be handled in the best way. I'm really looking forward to seeing it!
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, fantastic! :-)
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
AAAAHHHHH SO EXCITED! :) 10 episodes is not nearly enough!
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Terrific, George! I can hardly wait to see everything on a screen instead of just in my head. I imagine this is a lot of work for you. Make sure you take some time to play. Thank you so much for this update! There's some wonderful casting going on here.
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
I notice that Ian McNeice isn't listed in the cast. Does this mean he's out? I really hope it doesn't.
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
I am very much looking forward to this, but somehow had got the idea that Jennifer Ehle was playing Catelyn Stark. Is this a figment of my imagination or was there a cast change?
Jul. 17th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
There was a cast change.
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Jul. 16th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know what is says about me that my first thought was "Ooh! Jane Espenson!"
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Mine too! :D
(no subject) - moryssa - Jul. 16th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Jerome Flynn is Bronn? Really? I mean, Bronn is, like, the hottest character in the books. I'm a little disappointed now. Plus, I'm drunk, and have never posted on lj before, so please don't take me seriously.
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Bronn? Hot? Never ever thought that. o_O
(no subject) - ceanncait - Jul. 17th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
I'm just curious about the episode you wrote. Are you able to tell us which part of the book it is from? If not, are you able to tell us if it is from the beginning, middle or end?
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
I'm not George, but I know it's episode 8, so it's towards the end, at least.
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm all a twitter! Lovely news!
Jul. 17th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I see Ser Vardis but no Bronn. Is he yet to be cast?
Jul. 16th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
This post is made of awesome. Can't wait.
Jul. 16th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
Jul. 17th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
You have Jane Espenson writing an episode? She's fantastic!

Once the series progresses past the first book, I call dibs on playing Asha ;)
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
So far the only disappointments for me have been the Tully sisters.

Lysa is supposed to be a larger woman, isn't she? Soft and doughy and super overly-feminine?

And Catelyn... Well, Jennifer Ehle was a great first choice... but the second choice looks nothing like Catelyn (who is supposed to have retained her youthful beauty). Isn't Cersei older than Catelyn as well? I would not have imagined Catelyn as such an older woman... or as homely. Perhaps it sounds shallow, but she's always described as still being beautiful by Westeros standards.

Everyone else is so spot on, though.

Edited at 2010-07-17 01:15 am (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Yep, I totally agree. Perhaps Fairley is going to give a super convincing performance and she'll just *be* Catelyn instead of looking like her, but... I can't help but think that having Cersei as the beautiful, sexy femme fatale, and Catelyn as the older, plainer woman, is a bit of a stereotypical choice that takes away from the nuanced characterizations of the books - not to mention the Catelyn/Lysa juxtaposition, too.
(no subject) - misstopia - Jul. 19th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Excellent news, I'm super excited about this! Disappointed at Robert's renaming though.
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