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Second Season!!!

Just received from HBO:

HBO RENEWS GAME OF THRONES FOR SECOND SEASON

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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Rito Bernal
Apr. 20th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see this show in Spain!
Congratulations George :3
Fergus O'Shea
Apr. 20th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
I loved the first episode. :D

The only complaint I got from friends new to the universe was that the characters names weren't mentioned enough.

Check out the movie Serenity for how to do character introductions correctly. :)
Magnus Mrtensson
Apr. 20th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Greyjoy
Can't wait to see the Greyjoys (no horned helmets please!!).
Congratulations mr. Martin! I havent seen the first episode yet (I'm in Sweden), but I'm sure I'll love it. The books are amazing.
orehime
Apr. 20th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
YES! *does a jig*
dolorous_ett
Apr. 20th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm so pleased.
Sherry Ball Schoenfeldt
Apr. 20th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
the show
I've been a fan for years but my husband never read the books and wasn't the biggest fantasy fan. Well, he loved the show Sunday nite. Clearly he's not the only newbie.

All I can say George is that you only have four more years to write book six because HBO is going to need it!!
Denis Zerbinati
Apr. 20th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to all of you who made possible this incredible dream
:)))))
woodbyrne
Apr. 20th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Well duhhh! :)

Of course it will get renewed. You worry too much. LOL.

Now kill Kong!!!!
trutwijd
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
congrats
Excellent news - will be interesting to see who they cast for some of my fav new characters - Melisandre, Balon, Davos, Brienne etc.
jennsen_w
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Let me get those books out again!
Awesome news. We just got a chance to devote the appropriate attention to the first episode last night. Spectacular. The world HBO created certainly captures your vision. And the little variation make me want to go back and read the series again just to pick up all the nuanced differences. Well done!
liannotel
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Actually there're MUCH more viewers, just some (like me) have no chance to access HBO in Russia, so there're torrents :( Sorry, George, that's just too cool to wait for them to release an official DVD. I'd sure as hell buy one if it was out today, not in 2 years...
luntushka
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Did they counted YouTube viewers and torrent downloads? 4,2 millions is not correct number.

As I know, here in Russia (not Moscow) we have no HBO translations, but we love GRRM and his books. So we already watched the pilot and it is awesome!
dunkthelunk
Apr. 20th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Great news! Thanks for sharing! I am loving the series and would love to hear what people have to say who haven't read the books - can't seem to find any forums for noobs to the series. :)
turbulntlobster
Apr. 20th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Very exciting news! Congratulations!
laughingfalcon
Apr. 20th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Best wishes and thanks
That is fantastic news! You deserve every bit of accolades you receive from it, too. Thank you for the wonderful tales and I for one am excited to see such a well-written story make to television. Best wishes to you!
death_panel
Apr. 20th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Battle of the Blackwater
Battle of the Blackwater, eh? Tough one. Although, seeing as you have done it once already, you are probably the right man for the job. Be careful not to burn the entire seasons budget! (See what I did there?)

That said, it is hard to get any sense of perspective from the picture of King's Landing in your post. The picture makes it look like the Red Keep is built on a headland extending out into Blackwater Bay, which makes the armada and the chain problematic. It is certainly possible that I am just not seeing it correctly, and every bit of water in that picture is part of the Blackwater Rush. In which case, that is a damned big river!

erktywin
Apr. 20th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
the series
Overwhelmed?
-No
Worried?
-A bit
Why?
-Theon....probably my greatest worry. Is this an indication on how they will treat the characters?
-Tyrion at the brothel in Winterfell....very dumb really....*sigh*
-Khal Drogo and his khalasar....didnt know that The Misfits and the extras from Frank Millers 300 worked together...
Will you continue watching?
-I guess, but it wont be that important...I´ll see it when I have time...
fil0li
Apr. 21st, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Congratulations! The first episode was flawless.
fil0li
Apr. 21st, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
I'd also like to add that it's almost ridiculous how perfect the casting is. Everyone on the show looks exactly the way they were described in the books!
simone_it
Apr. 21st, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!!

...yet Sky Italy remains silent about GoT.

Everybody from Italy, please write to Sky asking WHEN it'll be announced. Let them hear our voices! ;)

2nd serie announced before second episode...WOW!

Again, congrats.
kot9ra666
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Hello from Russia George! Thank you for you work. I read all you books and see 1st episode. Keep it up!
P.S. Sorry for mistakes, I dont speak english.
kot9ra666
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
P.P.S. I wait for release on DVD in Russia.
mistermoon
Apr. 21st, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
FYI
George, you're apparently one of the most influential people in the world, between the head of Planned Parenthood and the leader of the French Nationalist movement, who sounds like a villain from one of your sci-fi stories. Congrats(?)!
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2066367_2066369_2066129,00.html
trackerneil
Apr. 21st, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
You must be over the moon...I know I am, and I didn't even write the book! Best hopes for a third season.
Xevilious
Apr. 21st, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
And in more good news, I haven't seen any mention of this on the blog yet:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2066367_2066369_2066129,00.html

Mr. Martin, congrats on making the Time 100.
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