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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 03:52 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.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations all ^_^
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOODNESS, this just made my day! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You can't imagine how excited I am about this show - I've watched the first episode four times already! And now I can enjoy it all the more knowing that there is so much more goodness to come! THANK YOU GEORGE, AND THANK YOU HBO. You have made a lot of people very very happy.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
So ridiculously happy about this.

Loved the premier and can't wait for the rest of season one to air.
Phil Murphy
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Well done that man!
I managed to get to watch the episode despite essay deadlines etc... let's face it I'd rather have my mind in Westeros than in essay-mode.

I have to say, that's possibly one of the best adaptations for TV I have seen. Great source material from you, George, naturally. But kudos to HBO for doing a great job on screen. It could so easily have been mucked up, like so many other projects have been. The fact they have NOT mucked Westeros up is noteworthy in itself.

Heh, struggling to find something to criticise here... *tumbleweed*

Oh HBO, is there a franchise you can't film? Having seen GOT realised so magnificently, I wait with unreasonable hope for Stephen King's Dark Tower... or maybe Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga...

Okay maybe that last one is a stretch...

Anyhow, congrats George and the good people at HBO for making this happen. Second series well deserved, hopefully seven series for seven books?
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was fast! Congratulations :) The pace of the show is so overwhelming compared to the books, but I still can't wait for more. Woooooo!!
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