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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 05:00 pm (UTC)
Fabulous news!

I've been rereading the series because of the show, and I thought I should take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to my life. :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Congratulations!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
*Bounces in joy and excitement*

Not that there was any doubt to it, really. I mean, you'd have to be on Fox* for them to cancel it when everyone can see it's awesome.

How fast are they filming these seasons? Children are, after all, notorious for growing up fast, especially the younger ones.

*Poor Firefly, we hardly knew thee.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so very happy for you. :)
James Fotouhi
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Soooo exciting. Just saw the first episode last night, and man I was impressed. Watching the book come alive on the screen was simply magical, and some of the actors just blew me away with their preformances. HBO has done a great job, and I can't wait to see what else they'll do this season.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! That's so awesome! I wish you continued success on the show (and the book series!) and many, many Emmys!

The premiere was AWESOME! I'm still amazed that the casting folks could pluck exactly how I see these characters out of my head and put them on screen. Like, Littlefinger and Varys? Come the hell on, they are perfect! YAY! Thank you for everything you do, Mr. Martin!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)

Now (again) I wish I hadn't gotten sick and gained all this weight :( I REALLY wanted to try out for Asha and my agent was going to try to make it happen.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yes! Oh yes!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
GoT FTW!!!
Congrats Mr. Martin. Congrats!

This is great news. I loved the first episode and like many others, subscribed to HBO specifically for this show.

Now I want a commitment for all the currently printed books and at some point we will need the series finished by you.

Get Back to Work!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
yay! I loved it, and am rereading Game of Thrones as I watch it. I'm so excited to continue to watch the show!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
was there ever any doubt about that? = )
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
I just watched the first episode again last night and had a blast! Congratulations to you and the rest of the team on getting renewed--what a wonderful moment of validation, doing what so many people feared could never be done: bring an epic fantasy series to life on the small screen. Incredible.

Now, I just have figure out which roles are still left to audition for...

Apr. 19th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Way to go G.R.R.M!!! Just watched the premiere for a THIRD time last night off the PVR and I am PSYCHED! Keep catching more and more detail in the background, in the characters, and I am thrilled to hear this, both for my own selfish enjoyment and for your sake as well! Way to go George! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
I am a happy man. I celebrate the success of A Game of Thrones and the coming of A Clash of Kings. Now, All I have to do is wait for Kong, and all will be right with the world.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
F ya! Can't wait for episode and now season 2. Even the hippie jam band message boards I hang out on are talking about GOT. Congrats George.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
YAYYYY!!!!!!! :) :) :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Very well done, good Ser.

All Hail "Game of Thrones"! Long life!

Please remember that Dance should be completed before they arrive to season five, or there will be an interruption! Ah ah, only joking.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
That didn't take long...
Success! So glad to hear this news. I'm still wrapping my mind around the fact that the series made it; I've been a ASoIF since the beginning and I thought I'd only be able to dream about these books making it to the screen.

I agree George that 12 episodes would be much better for clash, and if/when Storm is put together 14? It's still incredibly difficult to cram GoT into 10! But I'll take whatever we can get.

Congratulations Mr. Martin, I am as excited as one can possibly get for a TV show, I can only imagine how you feel.

Until FrankenClegane rises to High Septon...
Make mine Martin!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm thrilled. I'm also holding my breath for 12 episodes. That would be killer.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
I hope to see the series soon in Germany... Can't wait to watch it!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Hot damn!

That was fast.

Congratulations, George. This is a Very Good Thing, indeed.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! As was to be expected I absolutely loved it. But what was wholly unexpected not only did my Mom (not a fantasy fan at all) watch and like it but peppered me with questions about for awhile yesterday. "Who are the white walkers? Why is the blond girl on the island?" Oh, you've made a fan. :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! My husband and I loved the first episode!

We're moving at the end of May and the cable had better be hooked up tout de suite!
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Playstation Network availability...
I'd still like to know, if you or HBO, could verify weather or not the episodes will be available on PlaystationNetwork anytime soon?

Even if they're released a week or two after the initial broadcasts on HBO, I'm sure some people who don't subscribe to HBO would love to be able to watch them.

The only problem I can see in this is the nudity... I know they have series like The Wire and True Blood on PSN. I'd be willing to bet they do have some degree of nudity in those, but I haven't seen either of them myself so I wouldn't know for sure.

Anyway... CONGRATS on the initial success! I look forward to many more episodes. As long as they stay somewhat true to the books. Don't let them get too far off the basic storylines. Us loyal readers are counting on you and the rest of the production team to keep that in mind.

I'm hoping that with others (studios/producers/directors) seeing the success that this series is having, will consider making other big budget sci-fi/fantasy books into series/movies.

(Would love to see some of Anne McCaffrey's and her respective co-authors books made into movies.) The Brainship series of books/Nimisha's Ship/Freedom series to name a few, would make great movies if done right.

Anyway, best wishes to you and everyone else involved in this great and exciting series.

Apr. 19th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Seeing the cast list and trying to avoid spoilers ..... Are certain characters going to be appearing regularly in flashbacks or is HBO just trying to avoid spoilers?
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