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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. 21st, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
First exposure to your world...
This pilot did a very good job. I have never read one of your novels, yet I could follow the story and understand the relationships between the characters (though you had to watch and listen closely). I'll be following the series. And I'll be picking up your books.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
I don't ask for much from TV, so I'll ask HBO nicely: PLEASE SEE THIS SERIES THROUGH! Hopefully the critical and viewer acclaim will stay strong enough to warrant continuous support through the end of the story.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
Just thought you'd like to know that Game of Thrones was what passes for water cooler talk at work today. My manager, who is not a huge fantasy guy, was asking me if the books were as adult as the show or if HBO added in all the sex and violence. Having not seen the show, since I don't even have basic cable, let alone the premium channels, I assured him that from everything I've heard the books have just as much if not more. He did seem intrigued by the cliff hanger ending of episode 1 and I told him he ain't seen nothing yet.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)
In Israel the series started its broadcast
last night, Thursday 21st, on Yes. And I loved the first episode! The acting was great, the sets wonderful, as is the photography. And of course the writing... when the series is based on my favorite fantasy books series, how could I not love it? I'm so glad that there's going to be a second series. I hope all books become TV series. I'm also advertising the series to all my friends, trying to get them to wath it. I'm sure they'll love it too. And today, on of Israel's top newspapers, Haaretz, had a very favorable review.

And I'm anxiously waiting July 12... I have to admit, a Feast for Crows had relatively few of my most favorite characters in the series, Aria and Sam the notable exceptios. It will be great to have new stories starring Jon, Dany and my favorite character from the books - Tyrion (I even named my cat Tyrion, back when I got him, which was also when I discovered the series, about a decade ago).

So congrats on the TV series, which I think is great, and hoping that A Dance With Dragons is going to be a great, just like the other books in the series.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Second Season
Congrats! I am soo very happy and pleased for the news, as well as I am with what I have seen so far from the first episode (which I have seen several times, no need to tell you how many so you won't think me crazy)!

The series is everything I expected and more! Kudos to you sir, D&D their entire team and all folks over at HBO!

Personally I hope they keep to the 10 episodes format. IF that helps them keel the costs down and ensures the show has a complete run, then I am all for it! I want the whole saga to be covered and done!

I will take whatever I can get, but for now I am happy with what I have!

PS Will the show's title remain the same, or change to reflect the title of each book (you know a la Peter Jackson with the LOTR trilogy)?
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Wonderful News!
Congrats, Mr. Martin! I'm eagerly awaiting not only the second season, but the rest of the first season as well!
Apr. 24th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
I'm so glad they've confirmed a second season. My friends and all got together to watch the first episode last week, and the ones who hadn't already read the books went out and bought copies afterward.
Apr. 24th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
i'm going to pretend to be surprised every year as they keep renewing it. **jaw drops**.
Apr. 25th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
Fantasy Food
Question: What do you, JK Rowling and Robert Jordan all have in common (besides being authors of major fantasy novles)?

Answer: FOOD! Every fantasy novel I can ever remember reading had at least one passage that made me hungry. It's funny how reading fantasy makes you want to eat.
Luca Orsini
Apr. 27th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
Hello "uncle" Martin!
For the beginning, congratulations for your great success.
All of us are waiting for "A Dance With Dragons", to know the continue of the adventures!
In the meantime, A Game Of Thrones is a fantastic series, with great actors and wonderful places. I'm too happy that HBO confirmed also the 2nd season, we can see "A Clash Of Kings"! :)
If i can, i've a question for you, dear uncle: Have you ever thought of proposing to HBO to produce a prequel TV series, set 20 years before the events of ASOIAF, where they recounted the events that led to rebellion against the throne of swords and war by Robert Baratheon?
Have you ever thought, once you have finished this long saga, to write a book "prequel" to the history of the kingdom under Aerys the insame and a detailed description of the characters who have died in ASOIAF (for example Prince Rhaegar, the old Royal Guard, young Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark, Hoster Tully, Rickard and Brandon Stark, Lyanna and many others)?
Congratulations for your work, we fans are always here to admire your work, hope to be able to read soon the 5th volume of ASOIAF!
Good luck and a hug from Bologna (Italy)!
Apr. 28th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Hurray! Hurray!

As someone who signed up for HBO just to watch season one, this was particularly exciting news!

Thank you for writing such a beautiful and fascinating story. As someone with impulse control issues, I am diving into the books now because once a week isn't enough.

May the HBO series renew to the end of the book series itself!
Apr. 28th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
I am very anxious to see this, but given how much extra my cable provider wants for HBO Canada I will be waiting to pick this up on DVD. I know some people will probably have downloaded this, but that isn't for me. Still, very excited to see this and very happy to read that Dance is finished!
Apr. 30th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
I got HBO again just for this series! I'm loving every moment so far and look forward to the rest of the series!
May. 4th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
Mr.Martin, could you please tell the approximate temperature in the Castle Black area at the time Jon Snow arrives there with Tyrion and Benjen.
15F? Lower? Higher?
Rick Johnson
May. 5th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
Great news
Congratulations George - - must be on a high with this news and finishing the book - thank you.

I've really enjoyed the 3 episodes I've seen so far. I'm also curious what the experience is like watching the shows for people who have never read the book, if they can follow things as well, and if this will be a venue to add more fans to the series.

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