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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. 20th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Apr. 20th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Maybe they'll buy "Wild Cards".
Apr. 20th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
2 years
Well, that's good....I had to commit to two years of Direct TV to get HBO for this show.....
Apr. 21st, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 years
Now, if only DirectTV would bring back G4.... :(
Apr. 20th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
awesomely awesome!!! congrats!
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Great News!
What a show! Not just as an avid reader but a huge HBO fan... The first episode was spectacular! What a great job of exposing the characters. I mean come on! Even if you’ve never read the book, if you’ve seen HBO you're going holy shit they are pushing the envelope again! This is right up there with Deadwood and Rome both of which I loved except I think its going to be better. My girlfriend had never read the books and she was enthralled. Just shocked by the end of ep. 1 and couldn’t believe the Lannister twins! Ha! What a reaction. We both loved it. Well done. A perfect marriage between your story and HBO. I have loved your books since my college English prof. turned me on to them. She knew I like Tolkein so she recommended them. I was hooked from chapter one. I can say the same of HBO since the first Soprano’s episode. This is just pure entertainment. Congrats on season 2! I’m glad to hear it.
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Simply wonderful news, congratulations!
Kevin Andrew Murphy
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Congratulations, George! Well deserved!

Watched it myself today and will be watching it with the rest of my family on Thursday or maybe a double-shot next Sunday.

Looking forward to the next episode and the rest of the season.
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Yahooooooo! Congratulations!
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Great news George!! I watched it live while Tivo'ing it. lol. I've watched it another 4 times and have caught little things each time I watched it. It was very true to your story and the way the first episode ended was the perfect cliff hanger!! I have never purchased a tv series but I will be getting, A Game of Thrones on blu ray when it becomes available!
Again congrats, and thanks for giving us such a great tale!
Apr. 20th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
A Game of Thrones on ESPN
Mr. Martin;

It may well have already been brought to your attention but on the off chance it hasn't I thought I would mention this. Tonight on ESPN the reporter mentioned A Game of Thrones while discussing the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His statement was something to the effect of, "just like A Game of Thrones, the king (the reigning champ Chicago Blackhawks) isn't dead yet but you don't hear any cries of 'long live the king!'". Just a neat little indication that your wonderful series is reaching a very broad audience. Hope all is well.
Apr. 20th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: A Game of Thrones on ESPN

I'm not a hockey guy, alas, but this is still damned cool. Thanks for the heads up.
Re: A Game of Thrones on ESPN - xxeroz - Apr. 21st, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 20th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
This is awesome news, I can't wait for the Arya's adventures in the riverlands and the Battle of the Blackwater!
Apr. 20th, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)
yay :happy dance:
congrats george
i heard something about the Battle of the Blackwater maybe being done in my country so i'm really looking forward
Apr. 20th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
One problem though. The TV show might run out of material to produce - if they produce the whole series GRRM will only have 6 years for the final two books.

Talk about pressure :-)
Apr. 20th, 2011 06:33 am (UTC)
Congratulations Ser George, the show was rocking!
Apr. 20th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
Congratulations that is awesome news! :)
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