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The Pointy End

Yes, tonight is the episode I scripted for GAME OF THRONES -- episode eight, "The Pointy End."

(The first episode to have a title, FWIW. I argued strongly in favor of episode titles, rather than just numbers).

No, I haven't seen it yet. I'll be seeing it for the first time tonight, same as you folks.

Many of you will want to comment afterward, I know. Again, the best place for that discussion is not here. Head over to Winter Is Coming, to Westeros, to Tower of the Hand, to Television Without Pity, to the HBO boards.

In a series like this, scenes sometimes get moved from episode to episode, so not everything you'll see tonight will be mine(except in the sense that is all based on my books, of course). F'rinstance, the bit in the previews, with Tyrion and Bronn in the Mountains of the Moon, that was originally meant to be in episode seven, and was moved into "The Pointy End" during editing. So that scene, and the encounter with the clansmen, was written by David and Dan.

Kind of fitting that "The Pointy End" airs even as I am working on my season two script, "Blackwater." A much tougher assignment, by the way. All those damned boats...


Jun. 5th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Not sure if this has been asked, but...
Does each HBO season follow a complete book arc? That is, does season 1 follow 'A Game of Thrones' and season 2 'A Clash of Kings', etc? Or does each season only follow a portion of each book? And if so, how many seasons per book? Or conversely, is the entire series all on book 1 of ASoIaF? (In which case we can look forward to all the follow-on series?) My wife asked this question while I was recounting your stories about production to her, and I realized I had no clue. If this has been answered before (and it probably has), my apologies.

Jun. 5th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Not sure if this has been asked, but...
1 season per book is the general idea, with the 2nd season covering ACoK. With the 3rd book, there's some talk about it possibly being two seasons (something GRRM favors, and something the executive producers don't seem to mind the idea of) because there's so much stuff packed into it. And beyond that,it's hard to say.

We'll have to get over the renewal for the 3rd season before things start becoming clear. Fingers crossed. :)
Jun. 5th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Not sure if this has been asked, but...
That raises some interesting questions for AFfC and ADwD if we get there.


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