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Casting and Climaxes

For all of you out there waiting for some casting hints... alas, it appears that Froggy will not be able to pluck his magic twanger here until next month.

Which is not to say that no one will be cast. In fact, half a dozen roles (some major, some minor) have already been cast -- that is to say, after watching dozens of audition tapes for every role, D&D have chosen the actors they want. That's the first step of the process (actually, it's the third or fourth step, if you go all the way back to the start, which begins with Nina Gold winnowing through hundreds of resumes and eight-by-ten glossies and speaking to dozens of agents. but it's the first step that involves me). The second step is submitting the choice to HBO for approval. Once the actor or actress is approved, the third and final step is negotiating the deal and getting a contract signed.

Needless to say, I can only unleash Froggy to torment you when all three steps have been completed. It would be pretty embarassing to announce a casting only to have to retract because we could not close the deal. That does not happen often, mind you... but it DOES happen. Every deal is unique and negotiations can often drag on. Every agent wants to get the best possible deal for his or her client, understandably.

As I write, well, we have sent five or six choices to HBO for approval, and I'm given to understand that all of them have been approved, so now we are in the throes of hammering out terms with each of those actors. I'd hoped that two or three of the deals would be set by now, so I could give you madmen a few hints (which you would then solve in twelve seconds, but that's beside the point)... but that hasn't happened.

And tomorrow morning I leave for Poland, and will not be posting here often, if at all. Some of our castings may firm up as early as next week, but I won't be around to hint at them, so expect HBO will announce the players on its own website... or perhaps through some of the TV journalists who have been following the show so faithfully. So watch the web pages and TV columns of HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, TIME, THE DAILY BEAST, AOL, etc for announcements about the second season. And Froggy will return when I do.

Speaking of my trip... maybe it is good that I am getting out of the country, with "Baelor" scheduled to air tonight. Those of you who have read the novel will have a good idea of what's happening this week, just from the title (but PLEASE don't discuss it here, unless you want your post deleted), but there are millions of viewers who have no idea and some of them may soon be turning up on my virtual doorstep with virtual pitchforks and torches.



It does give me pause to realize there are only two more episodes left in season one. Tonight and next week, and we are done. So many years of development to get to this point -- contracts and options, endless negotiations, writing, rewriting, re-rewriting, casting, shooting the pilot, waiting for pickup, more casting, location scouts, shooting the series, all the build-up and promotion and previews and trailers and teasers and then finally we are on the air, and WHAM, ten weeks and it is over. Those ten weeks have flashed by in a blur. We do have the second season, of course. We start filming in July, and the start date is rushing at us like a freight train... but it is going to feel odd not to have a new episode to watch, two Sundays from now.

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evangelion
Jun. 12th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I'm going to handle tonight between episode 9 and the possible final nba game. It'll either be a mix of depression and elation or anxiety.
level1paladin
Jun. 12th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
On the plus side. Once GoT is off the air we have new Curb Your Enthusiasm's to watch!
mr_jacobean
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
welcome to Poland
I'm so happy I'm gonna see you in Poland! Especially that apart from taking part in the conference you will also visit my city (information of the utmost importance, as I wouldn't be able to attend the conference). Dreams do come true, no doubt about that! I really can't wait and I'm still pinching myself to make sure it's all real, not just a figment of my thirsty imagination :)
estland
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Haven't read because of spoilers, but support completely. By the way you must have lied about work and rework, it looks like done in one strike
serzy
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)

I am very excited for next season as it's my favorite book. Good luck and safe travels :)

thedisgrace
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose you've heard any word from HBO on when the DVD set will go on sale? I'd really like to pick it up ASAP.

I think it's been tradition to put the DVD set on sale before the start of the next season, to drum up interest, but I am kind of hoping they won't make those of us who don't have HBO wait that long to see it.
infusco
Jun. 14th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
From my experience, they usually put out DVDs about a month or so before the next season airs.
lolz_omg_wtf
Jun. 12th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm having an, "I love you, man" type moment George. Your openness in these posts is just awesome for us fans...Thanks!
msconduct
Jun. 12th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
The series has been exemplary. But with the news just out that Playtone will be making six seasons based on American Gods for HBO (six seasons for one novel!), I can't help wishing Game Of Thrones's seasons were a little longer. An episode a week for ever would be nice. Can we do that?
tinyturtle
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
It's not just for one novel, though...
I think I read it on Twitter (could be wrong, though), that Neil Gaiman said that's including at least another book. I'm not sure what the deal was with that, but thought I'd pass it on. :)

George, thank you from this fan. The series has been amazing, and the books even more so. My husband and I are both eagerly awaiting the next book.... July can't get here fast enough!
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eagle55555
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see who plays Brienne of Tarth. No actress comes to mind. May need to pull someone out of the WNBA, feed her steroids, and lock her in a Gold's Gym for the next six months.
lampster65
Jun. 16th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thafierth!
I was thinking of someone like Dot Jones, who plays Coach Beiste on Glee, whom I thought was a man in drag until someone told me. She's a bit old to be the Maid of Tarth, but that's the kind of person to play the role! And she would be awesome!
aceofkittens
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Thank you and wow!
I knew exactly what was coming in this episode, and it still affected me just as deeply as when I first read the book almost 10 years ago. Masterful storytelling!!!

The wait for Season 2 will be AGONY! :)
level1paladin
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
I gotta post this here for George and fans to see. SPOILER though, so don't click it people if you've not seen Episode 9 yet. Best reaction ever. Adult language.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owf6D2vfZqM&feature=youtu.be

maxh33
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
Get out!
Get out while you can George! The official HBO forums are going crazy over tonights episode!
jessicatheon
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
Twitter's been going absolutely bonkers for the last 3-4 hours. The general consensus about tonight's episode is, "HOLY SHIT!" I'm getting the impression that most people haven't read the novels (or they wouldn't be surprised), but hey, that's great news--it means the show is attracting a new audience and that it's also accessible to people who haven't read the books. Can't wait to see what they think about the Red Wedding. That's a Fail Whale waiting to happen.
lampster65
Jun. 16th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sundays, Bloody Sundays
Woops! Wrote one comment that was a bit too direct and don't want any spoilers for those who haven't been able to watch the show yet. Suffice it to say, I was reminded with Ep8 how many major characters were offed by dear George already!
Michael Fitzgerald
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
RE: Baelor
I just finished reading the book, and saw the episode. Still hope for the change that doesn't come. I can't wait for next season, in the meantime I'll be busy for awhile re-reading the books and reading Dance.
weswilson
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
Watching the crap rain down after tonight's episode is amazing. Thank you for this.
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