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Season Four!!!

HBO has officially renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season. (And I'm almost finished with the first draft of my script. No, sorry, not going to tell you which one it is).


Record ratings for our season three premiere, "Valar Dohaeris."


Also (sigh) record levels of piracy.


On other topics... no, no, Peter Dinklage is NOT being replaced by Warwick Davis in the role of Tyrion. That was just HBO's little April Fools joke. (I was so busy I forgot to make my own April Fools joke). So calm down, boys and girls. Peter is still with us.


Apr. 4th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Plot/Cast Changes?
I've been a fan since the beginning (well, the print beginning of SOI&F). I have also been thrilled by the HBO work so far. Your novels has always been worth the wait due to so many things...first and foremost, for me, the depth and balance you give to characters. The world you build is grand, the game is glorious, but the best, what holds it all together, keeps me coming back, is the growth and development of the main characters who are introduced early and allowed to come of age, to fulfill promises, destinies. I am referring to Jon, Tyrion, and Daenerys. When you mention that P. Dinklage was rumored to have been replaced; another show was brought to mind - Downton Abby. The entire plot of Downton was changed to accommodate the whims of the actor playing one of the roles on the show last season. Granted, the show is written for TV. Your work is taken from print. HOWEVER, I fear what might happen if one of the main cast members DID decide to quit? What might you do? At the end of DWD Jon is obviously in dire straights. I noticed on the interactive timeline available online that he is marked as DEAD! At such an inopportune time; his character is far from realizing his potential, growth, dreams! What gives? Surely the boy who plays Jon is not putting pressure? Surely your work is more important that any actor. Please do not change your work to accommodate TV. Please remain true to your standards, to yourself, to your fans. Thank you.
Apr. 5th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: Plot/Cast Changes?
This is a problem any TV show can face.

I have direct experience with this, since I was on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST when Linda Hamilton left the series at the end of the second season. We were faced with a hard choice: either recast the role of Catherine with a different actress, or kill the character and bring in a new beauty. We chose the latter, as being inherently more dramatic. It was probably a wrong choice. But there may not have been a right choice. The fans did not accept the new beauty... but they would not have accepted a recasting either, I fear.

It is a puzzlement. Actors change all the time in Broadway plays, and everyone takes it in stride. In film, there have been eight or nine James Bonds, a bunch of Charlie Chans, a couple Jack Ryans, and everyone is okay with that. But TV viewers for some reason react with outrage at any recasting.

So all I can say is, I hope it never happens on GAME OF THRONES.
Apr. 5th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: Plot/Cast Changes?
Yes, I hope so too. You're not going to tell me what's up with Jon are you?
Apr. 5th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: Plot/Cast Changes?
Of course not.
Apr. 8th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: Plot/Cast Changes?
This made me chuckle.
Apr. 6th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: Plot/Cast Changes?
Well, you nailed it with the "more dramatic" approach on B&B. My throat still tightens when I think of "Walk Slowly". I was a big fan of the show

I can only imagine what it must be to love like that.
And I can only remember.

And Dylan Thomas' Death shall have no dominion, was that all you?

Edited at 2013-04-06 05:33 am (UTC)


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