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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 03:39 pm (UTC)
I was hoping for more viewers... I wanted GoT to be HBO's biggest hit ever. Still, I'm excited about Season 2 and I hope that the ratings will steadly increase as the season progresses and more people become enthralled by Westeros and its characters!
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Ok now hold on.

It's not going to be HBO's biggest hit ever. Let's not be crazy. It's going to be a successful show. Is it going to be bigger than The Sopranos or The Wire? Probably not.

If it does better than True Blood we can be happy. If it does better than Rome but only lasts 2 seasons (like Rome) we might be really unhappy. Like Rome, the show is quite expensive.

I'm more disappointed that Ginia Bellafante decided to double-down on her "girls don't like fantasy" line in her blog at the NY Times:
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Apr. 19th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you and the production team, George! Great news. We get to meet Stannis and visit the House of the Undying :-)

Do you know if it will definitely be 10 episodes?
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Huzzah!!! Congratulations!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
awesome news!
Congratulations good Ser - this is the best news we could hope for so early. Episode 1 was fantastic, but I can't wait for the rest of this season, and the joys of Season 2.
I want to see what you can do with the Battle of the Blackwater....burn baby burn!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Gee, there's a surprise. ;) That was obviously going to happen!

Congratulations! Now hurry up with that 5th book... and then that 6th book...... you gotta keep up with HBO now! :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'm ecstatic! I loved the premiere and plan on the blu ray set asap. Excellent work, everyone! Arya is my favorite. My husband, who has not read the books, will be wanting the audios for his ride to and from work. He made sure the dvr was set up. Yay! Congrats to all!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Great to hear...but something I've wondered: do you think having a series affects your writing? I don't mean timing wise, but in general, like doing a scene, do you think "Boy, if we ever get to this point,t his scene is unfindable, so maybe I should change it."

Loved the series opener BTW! Much closer to the book than I'd have expected, which is fantastic to see. Though would have loved to see 12, but maybe for the third season.
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you George, and to all involved. :D
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic! It's so good to have something to enjoy now and look forward to!

Congratulations on all this cool stuff lately! Just thought I'd add that you're a huge role model for me and a big motivation right now as I work on getting through college. Thank you so much for everything!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I am so,so happy about this!!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Awesome news, congratulations George.

As always the Brotherhood Without Banners will be there in full support, this time moving up from a simple Moot to a fully fledged fan convention. TitanCon will be held on 24 September 2011 at the Europa Hotel and Exhibition Centre in Belfast.

We already have Kristian Nairn (HODOR!) confirmed as a guest and hope to have many more announced over the coming weeks and months.

Full details and memberships available on our website www.titancon.com
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
That is great news! I still am hoping they give "A storm of Swords" two seasons but for now am extremely happy to see ten more for "A Clash of Kings!"
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats George! I'm so glad to read these news!!!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Best. news. EVER!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
oh that's awesome! and congratulations! i guess i'll be buying two seasons when they're available on DVD. =D
Apr. 20th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Well said! So getting them!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Fantastic news! I wonder who's more thrilled: you or your fans? :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)

I have been reading the series from the very beginning, and have a first edition.

My question to you is how difficult is it to write a script based on a book that you have written yourself?
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Absolutely fantastic news. I'm excited for you, George. I saw the numbers rolling in from all over and how could HBO argue with this kind of success? :)

The best part is, I get to tell people who are new to it all -- just wait -- the story only gets better and runs hotter as it gets going!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Any chance they'll do more then 10 episodes? Its a long book.
Luca Corradini
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
10 episodes?
Greetings George,

Is the number of episodes already set in stone? No possibility for twelve, maybe?

Thanks, and congratulations from Italy (the pilot was great!) :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
So stoked about the news, George. Congratulations!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Season 2
Congrats to everyone involved and us (the viewers)!! Is it Sunday yet??? I wanna see ep 2 already...
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
The easy stuff? At least you don't have to direct the episode.
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Such awesome news. Excited as hell to see how you decide to handle the Battle next year.
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