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Ratings, Renewals, Reviews

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HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fifth season.  Great news.  But hardly surprising.  I mean, it wasn't official, but everyone and his brother pretty well knew that we would get a fast renewal for season five.

But HBO has also renewed GAME OF THRONES for a sixth season, and that one is surprising.  I don't think even David and Dan suspected that was coming.  I certainly did not.  HBO never orders more than one season at a time, not in recent memory.  So this is pretty unprecedented.  And pretty great.

The renewal comes on the heels of record ratings for the premiere episode of season four.  "Two Swords" translated to more than six million viewers.  (Just imagine if we'd had three or four or five swords!!).  The episode netted the highest rating of any HBO show since the finale of THE SOPRANOS, which is pretty amazing, considering all the great television that HBO has aired in the intervening years.

The reviews have been pretty extraordinary as well.  Especially this one:,0,3119045.story#axzz2yJSBkpOY

So... what can one say?  It has been a pretty extraordinary week.

My congratulations to David Benioff, Dan Weiss, our incredible directors, our amazing crew, and the best cast in television.


Apr. 9th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
True detective was probably the best show to air in recent memory and Matthew is fast becoming the best actor around (daniel day lewis needs to get out of retirement) but honestly season 4 of game of thrones might surpass Breaking Bad season 5 and probably the best season to ever air in TV.

The writing is there, and so is the acting (GoT has the largest amount of great actors).

HBO really is holding up to its reputation and with TD and GoT on their belts they now have truly some of the best TV shows ever.
Apr. 9th, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
TRUE DETECTIVE was an amazing show. And BOARDWALK EMPIRE had a terrific season as well. HBO has had a great year, no doubt about it. I am pleased and proud that we can be a part of it.
Apr. 9th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
Indeed. True Detective had one of the most satisfying endings ever and I vouch for other TV shows to have an ending as good as that.

Curious question: do you ever plan on writing a story that has a modern setting (contemporary modern life)? I'd be very interested on your take on it.

I guess writing historical fiction we have an outside perception/lens of humanity and human nature and so much to work on. It's harder to view humanity in an outside lens in modern times since we are currently living it and our perception is filtered by time, culture, and ideologies.

But alas: breaking bad, house of cards, and true detective are terrific examples of modern contemporary life.

Also, hannibal is the most underrated show at the moment. Mads mikkelson <3
Apr. 9th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
I have written stories that have modern settings. My novel ARMAGEDDON RAG, for one... well, I guess that's a historical now, since it is set in the 1980s, but it was contemporary when I wrote it. Also a number of my short stories.


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