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GAME OF THRONES has been nominated in the Best Drama category of the new Critics Choice Awards. Check out the full list of nominees here:


It's an impressive list of nominees. Congratulations to David and Dan and the cast and crew and support staff at HBO, all the great folks who worked so hard to make the show the success it seems to be. Great work, guys!

((And yes, I do wish some of our cast had gotten nominated as well. We have some amazing actors on GAME OF THRONES. Traditionally, though, fantasy and SF have always been overlooked in the acting categories. But maybe we'll do better in the Emmys and Golden Globes))

On other fronts... Sunday's episode, "The Pointy End," got the highest ratings of the season. The show is building. I suspect that this record will endure until... well, Sunday.


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Jun. 8th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Fantastic news all around. I am pleased too. :-)
It IS great. And oh, you forgot to mention the person who originally wrote the books on Game of Thrones. I think he deserves some acknowledgment as well, otherwise this series would not have happened.

Thank you, Mr. Martin, for wonderful worlds!
Jun. 8th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
This is fabulous news! I do believe there will be some cast nominations at least for the Emmys and Golden Globes. But this is a good start! I think the show breaks the mold of typical fantasy/SF television (as great as many of them are), and will not be ignored.
Jun. 8th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
"The Pointy End" was wonderful. Already looking forward to more :)
Jun. 8th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
very, very good news! Congratulations!
Jun. 8th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
I couldn't be happier with the show. Tremendous fun.
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Congrats Mr Martin!
The Pointy End was the best episode ever. I can't believe I have to wait a whole year for the next season - winter is certainly coming...
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you and everyone at HBO and involved with the show. I'm sure more accolades will be coming your way.

And congrats on your wonderful episode!
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
My Song of Ice and Fire
First off…congratulations on the well-deserved “A Game of Thrones” Critics Choice Awards nomination. Secondly, shame on you George R. R. Martin for writing your “can’t-put-it-down” medieval-fantasy saga. As soon as I started watching the HBO series, I immediately purchased all four books of “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga.

My original plan was to follow each HBO episode by reading the corresponding chapters in “A Game of Thrones.” Needless to say, that only lasted through two episodes, as once I picked up the first book, I could not put it down.

I am now half-way through the fourth book. Over the past two months, your novels have been all-consuming. I have abandoned two other novels that remain partially read on my bedside table; my husband has gone without clean clothes (he hates going commando); my Pergo floors now appear to be carpeted due to dog hair and lack of vacuuming; writing assignments are piling up; dinner is always late; and night-after-night I keep my husband awake into the wee hours of the morning, with pages turning and my Itty Bitty book light blazing.

As much as I try to drag myself away from your medieval soap opera, the story and characters keep pulling me back. I’m uncertain if I should thank you or curse you. One thing I do know is that my life has been enriched through your imaginative tale.

I’m looking forward to the next novel in your series and watching HBO breath life into your “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga.

Dee Marie
Author of the “Sons of Avalon” saga
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
congratulations on the nominations. i hope GoT will win! and i'm sure the show will do GREAT at the emmys and the golden globes :D

"the pointy end" was a phenomenal episode <3
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping the Emmys and Golden Globes give at least some recognition of the acting this season...

...but next season, assuming he's even halfway well interpreted, all the awards giants will have to bow down before the juggernaut known as "Hot Pie." ;-)
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Casting idea!
... Imagine Hugh Laurie (in full House mode) playing Littlefinger!
Jun. 8th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you, the cast and HBO
It has been a long time coming, and I am sure that the series will continue to attract new viewers. Non fantasy loving friends have tuned in on their own and are hooked. The story is smart and compelling, you cannot help but be reeled in. Thankfully, the production values are on par with the material!

As an aside, you were kind enough to sign a book for me at Hastings last weekend (my mother-in-law grabbed it before catching a flight here)... and I wanted to say thank you. I shall treasure it. Hopefully we'll see you in the Sunshine State sometime soon!

Congrats again, and cheers!
Jun. 8th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Can we begin the "Peter Dinklage deserves an Emmy" train here? I'm on board
Jun. 8th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Congratz! On the success of the episode you wrote, that is.

Though the same surely applies to the series as a whole, and to what I predict is just the beginning of the awards nominations it will get. I'm loving it, but it's making my weeks too damn long - I can't wait for Sunday night to roll around!

Thank you so much for A Song of Ice and Fire. That is all.
Mike Bonsiero
Jun. 8th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Part of the reason the actors aren't getting the recognition is because there are so many of them. Peter Dinklage has been great, as have Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and Sophie Turner, among others, but because of the scope of the show, they're not getting a ton of screen time.
Jun. 8th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Question re Audible.com release of ADwD

I have a question for you concerning the expected release date of the audio book version of A Dance with Dragons. What I want to be able to do is to purchase the book, as read by the incomparable Roy Dotrice, from Audible.com on July 12, 2011 (at 12:01 a.m. EST, preferably). Electronic downloads are far preferable to me than a bulky disc collection when it comes to audiobooks. The fact that I could hopefully get the audio version downloading on to my iPod at the stroke of midnight makes it even more attractive to me.

I understand that whatever is ultimately done/ will be done by Amazon through audible.com is ultimately far beyond your control. Still, you (or, more likely, Ty) are able to gather the necessary information on this issue more readily than I am able to – and with a greater degree of accuracy.

So, from your understanding, is a July 12, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m. release on audible.com a reasonable expectation for me to have? Ordinarily, I’d be in a great rush to READ A Dance with Dragons, but the truth is – Roy Dotrice’s narration is now my preferred way to consume your series. It’s also a great “plus” that listening to it will take me much longer to experience the novel, beginning to end (as I read pretty fast). I’d rather prolong the enjoyment of my first-time experience with your book -- but not at the cost of me having to wait longer to start doing so!

Any feedback from you might be able to provide on this subject via “Not A Blog” in the coming month as we lead up to the release of the book on July 12, 2011 would be greatly appreciated.

(And just so you know, yes I also plan to purchase the Kindle version, and yes, I will also purchase a hardcover version, too. That way, I get to listen to it right away on my iPod, my wife gets to read it on the iPad right away, and we will wait the few days for the hardcover to show up at the house via Amazon.ca. Maximum enjoyment, minimum delay -- and more money in your pocket, too. What’s not to like? )

Best wishes,

Jun. 10th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Question re Audible.com release of ADwD
sorry we don't have that information. And we're not in a position to seek it out right now. You might want to contact Audible and ask them, they know more about what their release plans are than we do.

That goes for many inquiries about what various companies are doing with the release of the new book, the dvd set of the HBO 1st season, the translation of ADwD into your native language publisher's plans for release, things like that. We have little or no knowledge or control over many of these projects, and you (and I mean 'you' in the plural sense) as a consumer might be able to get the information you need directly from these other companies faster than we can do so.

Often, fan-based web sites like westeros.org and WiC have more information and can get it up faster than we can. When you 'crowd source' info you might get a better faster response than we can give, especially these next few weeks, with George and Ty going to Poland and Slovenia. I will barely have enough time each day to do the basic office work and run the household while they are both out of the country.

thanks so much for your support and enthusiasm, hope you enjoy a wonderful summer and the DANCE.

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