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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 05:29 pm (UTC)
YAYYYY!!!!!!! :) :) :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Very well done, good Ser.

All Hail "Game of Thrones"! Long life!

Please remember that Dance should be completed before they arrive to season five, or there will be an interruption! Ah ah, only joking.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
That didn't take long...
Success! So glad to hear this news. I'm still wrapping my mind around the fact that the series made it; I've been a ASoIF since the beginning and I thought I'd only be able to dream about these books making it to the screen.

I agree George that 12 episodes would be much better for clash, and if/when Storm is put together 14? It's still incredibly difficult to cram GoT into 10! But I'll take whatever we can get.

Congratulations Mr. Martin, I am as excited as one can possibly get for a TV show, I can only imagine how you feel.

Until FrankenClegane rises to High Septon...
Make mine Martin!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm thrilled. I'm also holding my breath for 12 episodes. That would be killer.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
I hope to see the series soon in Germany... Can't wait to watch it!
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Hot damn!

That was fast.

Congratulations, George. This is a Very Good Thing, indeed.
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! As was to be expected I absolutely loved it. But what was wholly unexpected not only did my Mom (not a fantasy fan at all) watch and like it but peppered me with questions about for awhile yesterday. "Who are the white walkers? Why is the blond girl on the island?" Oh, you've made a fan. :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! My husband and I loved the first episode!

We're moving at the end of May and the cable had better be hooked up tout de suite!
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Playstation Network availability...
I'd still like to know, if you or HBO, could verify weather or not the episodes will be available on PlaystationNetwork anytime soon?

Even if they're released a week or two after the initial broadcasts on HBO, I'm sure some people who don't subscribe to HBO would love to be able to watch them.

The only problem I can see in this is the nudity... I know they have series like The Wire and True Blood on PSN. I'd be willing to bet they do have some degree of nudity in those, but I haven't seen either of them myself so I wouldn't know for sure.

Anyway... CONGRATS on the initial success! I look forward to many more episodes. As long as they stay somewhat true to the books. Don't let them get too far off the basic storylines. Us loyal readers are counting on you and the rest of the production team to keep that in mind.

I'm hoping that with others (studios/producers/directors) seeing the success that this series is having, will consider making other big budget sci-fi/fantasy books into series/movies.

(Would love to see some of Anne McCaffrey's and her respective co-authors books made into movies.) The Brainship series of books/Nimisha's Ship/Freedom series to name a few, would make great movies if done right.

Anyway, best wishes to you and everyone else involved in this great and exciting series.

Apr. 19th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Seeing the cast list and trying to avoid spoilers ..... Are certain characters going to be appearing regularly in flashbacks or is HBO just trying to avoid spoilers?
James Standley
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you George! Lets hope that this series does for your novels what True Blood did for Charlaine Harris's in terms of cranking up sales to dizzying heights. Not that you need any more of us giving you a hard time about the next book, of course :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)

Yesterday i watch the premiere! And Now we know for sure that we have a second season!
I couldn't imagine this 2 or 3 days ago. And now this is reality!!!!
I'm very jubilant like George! :D
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
And by the way, that look Arya has? That's directed at Ginia Bellafante.
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
I am thrilled! Congratulations!
Grace Bluestone
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Just wow. I've been waiting years to see this series done live and it ROCKED! Luckily the cliffhanger won't haunt me for a week but that was terrific. "*sigh* The things I do for love." *Splat!* Standing ovation!

I hope to see the Red Wedding at some point. Maybe Quentin Tarantino will let you borrow some of the leftover Kill Bill blood?
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