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Casting and Climaxes

For all of you out there waiting for some casting hints... alas, it appears that Froggy will not be able to pluck his magic twanger here until next month.

Which is not to say that no one will be cast. In fact, half a dozen roles (some major, some minor) have already been cast -- that is to say, after watching dozens of audition tapes for every role, D&D have chosen the actors they want. That's the first step of the process (actually, it's the third or fourth step, if you go all the way back to the start, which begins with Nina Gold winnowing through hundreds of resumes and eight-by-ten glossies and speaking to dozens of agents. but it's the first step that involves me). The second step is submitting the choice to HBO for approval. Once the actor or actress is approved, the third and final step is negotiating the deal and getting a contract signed.

Needless to say, I can only unleash Froggy to torment you when all three steps have been completed. It would be pretty embarassing to announce a casting only to have to retract because we could not close the deal. That does not happen often, mind you... but it DOES happen. Every deal is unique and negotiations can often drag on. Every agent wants to get the best possible deal for his or her client, understandably.

As I write, well, we have sent five or six choices to HBO for approval, and I'm given to understand that all of them have been approved, so now we are in the throes of hammering out terms with each of those actors. I'd hoped that two or three of the deals would be set by now, so I could give you madmen a few hints (which you would then solve in twelve seconds, but that's beside the point)... but that hasn't happened.

And tomorrow morning I leave for Poland, and will not be posting here often, if at all. Some of our castings may firm up as early as next week, but I won't be around to hint at them, so expect HBO will announce the players on its own website... or perhaps through some of the TV journalists who have been following the show so faithfully. So watch the web pages and TV columns of HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, TIME, THE DAILY BEAST, AOL, etc for announcements about the second season. And Froggy will return when I do.

Speaking of my trip... maybe it is good that I am getting out of the country, with "Baelor" scheduled to air tonight. Those of you who have read the novel will have a good idea of what's happening this week, just from the title (but PLEASE don't discuss it here, unless you want your post deleted), but there are millions of viewers who have no idea and some of them may soon be turning up on my virtual doorstep with virtual pitchforks and torches.

It does give me pause to realize there are only two more episodes left in season one. Tonight and next week, and we are done. So many years of development to get to this point -- contracts and options, endless negotiations, writing, rewriting, re-rewriting, casting, shooting the pilot, waiting for pickup, more casting, location scouts, shooting the series, all the build-up and promotion and previews and trailers and teasers and then finally we are on the air, and WHAM, ten weeks and it is over. Those ten weeks have flashed by in a blur. We do have the second season, of course. We start filming in July, and the start date is rushing at us like a freight train... but it is going to feel odd not to have a new episode to watch, two Sundays from now.


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Jun. 12th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Please, George, if you have time before you leave, reply to that reply I sent you about your visit in Slovenia. Thank you!
Filip Kolev
Jun. 12th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
We have Dance to look forward to
So, it'll be 3 weeks of waiting for the book. But once this is read... well... it will be odd indeed.
Jun. 12th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
"but it is going to feel odd not to have a new episode to watch, two Sundays from now."

The solution is obviously longer seasons ;)
Jun. 12th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
but then...
Yes, two weeks from now we'll be left without an episode to watch... but then, it's just a three-week wait before the mailman from Amazon brings us the long-awaited relief of a new book with Ser Barristan as a viewpoint character :-)

Thanks George.
Szilvsi dm
Jun. 12th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Have a good time in Poland! I'll be just two borders south, watching the series. :D
Also, first.
Jun. 12th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, Baelor... X'D I just read a comment from a non-reader who thought that reading spoilers wasn't that bad (he hasn't read any though), and that made me chuckle. He'll see soon enough, I guess ;)

Dinklage looks fantastic in that plate.

I'm bad at guessing the roles (I'm bad at remembering actors' names so yeah), so I won't miss froggy. Have fun in Poland!
Jun. 12th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Tee-heee. Can't wait to hear what the people who haven't read the book say about tonight's episode! Also, can't wait for the DVD release so I can watch as many episodes at the same time as I want.

And finally, I'm looking forward to seeing you in Slovenia. I'll be the (possibly only) girl in a Worldcon 2006 "Dorne - vengeance served hot" t-shirt. :-)
Jun. 12th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
It has been so totally awesome up to now to watch the series on TV which brings all the wonderful characters in the books to life! Very much looking forward to Season 2!!! I even got new fans for you! :) Chris
Jun. 12th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Froggy Clues
I still can't believe how fast some of my fellow fans were at cracking your various froggy clues. Looking forward to it all. Clash of Kings will be another fun ride. Thoughts like that make me ok that we're down to the final 2 episodes
Jun. 12th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
How fast time flies! Years ago, when I read aGoT for the first time, I dreamed someone have made a movie of it. And now the first season is coming to an end. But still looking forward the second season!

Hope you will have a pleasent trip to Poland. Oh! And get ready for the wild crowds of fans waiting for you here. See you on the 14th in Warsaw :)
Jun. 12th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
I still keep the 8th episode and havent watched it. The 1st season is passing by too fast. :/
Jun. 12th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
The show has been better than I dared hope. The wait for season two is going to be horrible.
Benji Moreno
Jun. 12th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
You may be right but...
The wait for Dance has been worst... :)
Jun. 12th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
We waited so very long for Season One that the wait for Season Two will be (relatively) nothing. I'm just so thankful that we have them at all, as a *conjunct* to the books. And thank you, George, a thousand million times over, for creating this universe for us to revel in. It truly is spectacular.
Jun. 12th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, George. It is going to feel odd for us, too. :)

Isn't it similar when you finish a book? All those years of grueling work, and then the readers gulp it down within a week?
Jun. 12th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
madmen? Christina Hendricks as Melisandre?
Gabriel Persson
Jun. 13th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
Re: madmen?
Hehe Let's hope so!
Jun. 12th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I'm going to handle tonight between episode 9 and the possible final nba game. It'll either be a mix of depression and elation or anxiety.
Jun. 12th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
On the plus side. Once GoT is off the air we have new Curb Your Enthusiasm's to watch!
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
welcome to Poland
I'm so happy I'm gonna see you in Poland! Especially that apart from taking part in the conference you will also visit my city (information of the utmost importance, as I wouldn't be able to attend the conference). Dreams do come true, no doubt about that! I really can't wait and I'm still pinching myself to make sure it's all real, not just a figment of my thirsty imagination :)
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Haven't read because of spoilers, but support completely. By the way you must have lied about work and rework, it looks like done in one strike
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)

I am very excited for next season as it's my favorite book. Good luck and safe travels :)

Jun. 12th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose you've heard any word from HBO on when the DVD set will go on sale? I'd really like to pick it up ASAP.

I think it's been tradition to put the DVD set on sale before the start of the next season, to drum up interest, but I am kind of hoping they won't make those of us who don't have HBO wait that long to see it.
Jun. 14th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
From my experience, they usually put out DVDs about a month or so before the next season airs.
Jun. 12th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm having an, "I love you, man" type moment George. Your openness in these posts is just awesome for us fans...Thanks!
Jun. 12th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
The series has been exemplary. But with the news just out that Playtone will be making six seasons based on American Gods for HBO (six seasons for one novel!), I can't help wishing Game Of Thrones's seasons were a little longer. An episode a week for ever would be nice. Can we do that?
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
It's not just for one novel, though...
I think I read it on Twitter (could be wrong, though), that Neil Gaiman said that's including at least another book. I'm not sure what the deal was with that, but thought I'd pass it on. :)

George, thank you from this fan. The series has been amazing, and the books even more so. My husband and I are both eagerly awaiting the next book.... July can't get here fast enough!
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Jun. 13th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see who plays Brienne of Tarth. No actress comes to mind. May need to pull someone out of the WNBA, feed her steroids, and lock her in a Gold's Gym for the next six months.
Jun. 16th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of someone like Dot Jones, who plays Coach Beiste on Glee, whom I thought was a man in drag until someone told me. She's a bit old to be the Maid of Tarth, but that's the kind of person to play the role! And she would be awesome!
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Thank you and wow!
I knew exactly what was coming in this episode, and it still affected me just as deeply as when I first read the book almost 10 years ago. Masterful storytelling!!!

The wait for Season 2 will be AGONY! :)
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