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Second Season!!!

Just received from HBO:


LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2011 – Following strong critical and viewer response to the series’ April 17 debut, HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” said Lombardo. “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

Among the early critical raves, TV Guide has called the show “a crowning triumph” and “brilliant,” while the Los Angeles Times termed GAME OF THRONES “a great and thundering series,” as well as “wild and bewitching.” The Hollywood Reporter praised the “excellent storytelling, superb acting and stunning visual effects,” and the New York Post observed that the “art directing, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series.”

The gross audience for the premiere night of GAME OF THRONES on the main HBO channel was 4.2 million viewers.

The season one cast includes (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

Season one credits: GAME OF THRONES is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors of photography, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov and Matt Jensen; production designer, Gemma Jackson; costume designer, Michele Clapton.

That from HBO.

From me again: I'm thrilled.

Ten more episodes! A CLASH OF KINGS.

Looks like I'll be writing the Battle of the Blackwater. David & Dan give me the easy stuff.

P.S. A late correction. Actually, I don't KNOW how many more episodes. Could be ten. Could be more. Could even be fewer, I suppose, though I don't really think so. Myself, I'd love to see twelve episodes this second time around, since CLASH is a hundred pages longer than GAME. But that's a call for HBO and Dan and David, and I am sure they will let us know once it's made.


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Apr. 19th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations all ^_^
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOODNESS, this just made my day! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You can't imagine how excited I am about this show - I've watched the first episode four times already! And now I can enjoy it all the more knowing that there is so much more goodness to come! THANK YOU GEORGE, AND THANK YOU HBO. You have made a lot of people very very happy.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
So ridiculously happy about this.

Loved the premier and can't wait for the rest of season one to air.
Phil Murphy
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Well done that man!
I managed to get to watch the episode despite essay deadlines etc... let's face it I'd rather have my mind in Westeros than in essay-mode.

I have to say, that's possibly one of the best adaptations for TV I have seen. Great source material from you, George, naturally. But kudos to HBO for doing a great job on screen. It could so easily have been mucked up, like so many other projects have been. The fact they have NOT mucked Westeros up is noteworthy in itself.

Heh, struggling to find something to criticise here... *tumbleweed*

Oh HBO, is there a franchise you can't film? Having seen GOT realised so magnificently, I wait with unreasonable hope for Stephen King's Dark Tower... or maybe Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga...

Okay maybe that last one is a stretch...

Anyhow, congrats George and the good people at HBO for making this happen. Second series well deserved, hopefully seven series for seven books?
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was fast! Congratulations :) The pace of the show is so overwhelming compared to the books, but I still can't wait for more. Woooooo!!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
I couldn't be more thrilled! :D
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Why the surprise?
Was there ever really any doubt?
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Why the surprise?
There is always room for doubt, but judging by how quickly they pulled the trigger on the second season, I'd say NO! ;)
Probably due to people like me who called last week and popped for a new HBO subscription. That HAD to tell them something!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
This is exciting! congrats!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Great news George, congrats! Here's to many more seasons of continued success!
Ben Hodson
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
WOW that didn't take long.... 1 episode out and they already renew... awesome...
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy! Congrats, George, to you and to everyone who made this project happen!
Filip Kolev
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Great news!
Congratulations Mr. Martin! Let's hope they'll be willing to spend enough dollars to make the Blackwater battle spectacular.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sad to hear about another ten episodes
Thirteen would be SO much more effective. Any chance the size of the buy changes?
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)

The only think I missed were the faces on the weirwood trees.
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
They were there. They were subtle, but they were there.
They are there - lampster65 - Apr. 19th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Johan Sporre
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
So, how soon will the casting clues start to pop up?

Awesome news!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing all of the books come to life.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
GREAT NEWS! Congrats.
Matthew Smith
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
That was fast!


Are they going to start filming ASAP and aim to start showing Spring 2012?
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
I hope Season 2 is more than 10 episodes (12 maybe?) the book is longer...
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
oh, holy beans, FANTASTIC! Congratulations!!!!!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
I gave a big rebel yell at this news. The viewership will most probably rise as the series gets into the more nitty-gritty stuff. My nephew was freaking out over Bran's plight.
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: Haha
So was my wife. She was so sad!
Her: "I loved Bran! Does he die in the books too?"
Me: *crickets*

This is going to be fun.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased!!!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
So exciting!
Congratulations! Can't wait! I think book 2 is where the story really kicks into high gear, so I'm glad we're going to get to see it all ramp up.
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