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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 04:16 pm (UTC)
I gotta say, I'm hooked! It had some of my favorite things:

Lena Headley!
Little people!

In all seriousness, I am excited to keep watching. Especially next week when Mayor Carcetti tries to use the armies of the 7 Kingdoms to win back Baltimore!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)

I'm so excited. A Clash of Kings is my favorite book in the series, and it will be freaking awesome to see them do a version of it for television.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
What a coup! After airing only single episode?!? Congratulations :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
The 4.2 million viewers of the premiere and the bump in subscription probably had something to do with it.

That and somebody at HBO loves tits and short men.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
"I am the ghost in Harrenhal"
A HUGE Congratulations to you! So many moments I absolutely ADORE in Clash... I can't WAIT to see it!

*does a really embarrassing dance*

Guess I'll just have to leave the banners I painted for my premier party up for season TWO!!! Hehehehe... ;)


Much love, from a fellow "Geek Girl".
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: "I am the ghost in Harrenhal"
Wow, that is *so* cool. :)
Re: "I am the ghost in Harrenhal" - nycfalcon - Apr. 19th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
I wanted you to know that after watching the premiere, my mom — who has NEVER enjoyed "fantasy" and in fact used to sneer — asked to borrow my copy of Thrones and quote, "can't put it down" and "loves it." :) You have a new fan!

Apr. 19th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
I loved the premiere and am amazed and happy that HBO has decided to renew for a second season with so little data behind their decision. They seem to genuinely love this project creatively, as their creative marketing ideas show, and I couldn't be happier!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds great!

Must admit i haven't watched #1 yet - it aired here last night but I recorded it so I could skip through the ad breaks...
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, incredibly impressed by the pilot. Watched it on Sky Atlantic with a couple of other fans of the book, and a couple of people who'd never read it. All enjoyed it immensely. Khal Drogo, Viserys, Jamie and Tyrion were pretty much exactly how I'd imagined them. Really glad I took the trial upgrade to HD last month.

News of the second season has made my day. :) Keep it up, Sir!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Now tell them to fix the opening credits so people are assigned to the proper houses. ;)
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Wow.That's great news.I think ACoK is my favorite of your books so far.I was wondering if you had any ratings from HBO Canada.I Pvr'd the episode and watched it later on as it would have been too much for my 11 year old son(what with Tyrion's antics and the decapitations)does that effect the ratings.I hope not.Any news on how Roy Dotrice is getting on with the recordings.All the best and thanks.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
I just scared the crap out of my 4 year old by squealing & clapping. He says he's happy about it too though.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
WOW! Great! Congratulations!!!:0)))
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Well, in fact we were sure it would happen. :) Great news anyway, and congratulations, maestro!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
10 episodes?
So it's for certain 10 eps? Was hoping with the longer book they'd give an extra 2 episodes. Either way, congrats to all involved!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Terrific news! Now I can let myself get totally emotionally invested...like I could have stopped that from happening anyway?
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
That's great news!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
catching up
Your fear may come true and they might catch up with you in no time. Congrats! Looking forward to who is cast in the part of Stannis.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
This is such awesome news! But is there anyway you can convince them to do 12 episodes????
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
BEST NEWS I could've heard. Having read the books since '98 and thoroughly enjoying the first episode, I was - I admit - half expecting a little bit of caution from HBO in taking their time to make a decision. But, I think this shows their ambition, and making the decision now probably increases interest in the series. Maybe they already had made their minds up a while ago... Having felt a bit ill all day this really makes me feel better :) Congratulations George!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! This is great, well-earned news.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
*like* *like* *like*

I am overjoyed! I was so impressed with the premiere, and I can't wait to see what's coming...
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
I would have busted an O-ring if they hadn't announced the good news this soon. I haven't been so stoked about a series since HBO's doomed Carnivale.

Ser, if I may voice one thing of dissent, I'm a little disappointed in your decision to not discuss the show on your blog. I understand your reasoning with spoilers but I (and I bet everyone else too) would love to hear your personal take on the show--given your work on Beauty and Beast as well as other teleplays you have a unique insight. As excited as we all are, I'm sure no one's more excited than you. I'd just love to get your thoughts--scenes you loved, some things you felt could have done a little differently, what really came to life from page to screen, etc.

Perhaps you could have a big spoiler warning on a post that discusses the content of the show?
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
The sort of commentary you're suggesting would be more appropriate as "additional content" on the eventual DVD release. Maybe we'll do it there.
(no subject) - xxeroz - Apr. 19th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Goodness grace! - mathiou - Apr. 19th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sign me up! - lampster65 - Apr. 19th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
commentary... - xxeroz - Apr. 21st, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
One word: Excellent!!!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Saw the premiere in the UK last night. I thought I couldn't be more excited about anything but...Season 2! \o/

Congratulations, I'm so pleased! The Battle of the Blackwater will be STUNNING! I'm so glad you're going to write that episode!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)

I am wondering if show is edited for other countries. I watch show on Russian state channel and many things I find are edited. Instead of dire wolf, mascot is black bear, and instead of hand of king it is "fist of the people!!" (Yes, they are even using two exclamation mark!) Also Eddard says to Jaime "I do not fight in tournaments, because I spend time instead fighting for proletariat rights!" Of course I am glad of patriotic edits but I was hoping for version to be true to book, da?
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