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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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Jun. 13th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
The series is entirely too short each week, and I'm disappointed that we'll have to wait nearly a year after next week's finale! I'm looking forward to getting a copy of the series on Blu-Ray when it becomes available! Well done, Ser!
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
And there will be another football (American) season.
Jun. 13th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm eagerly awaiting season 2 already, though not as much as the next book ;)

Have a safe trip... and see you in Nidzica, I suppose :) I'll be among the large group of fans attending the Friday meeting with you.
Jun. 13th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I will just say I LOVE your casting of Tyrion. He is everything I imagined and more.
Kristin Nicole Ritchie
Jun. 13th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
THIS SERIES HAS CHANGED MY LIFEI have bleached my hair wait to show my support for the Targaryens.


Dan Hoppel
Jun. 13th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Many congrats...
George, my wife (who hasn't read the books) looked at me at the end of Baelor, tears in her eyes, and said, "Who wrote this again?" I said that you did. She said, "I don't like him."

Which, to me, means you're doing it exactly right! :)
Jun. 13th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Fantastic episode, as I expected ! Dear Georges, I've a question about books : are the sales increased because of the show ?
Jun. 14th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
George, you should send poor "Larry" a signed copy of the first book. I think he is a bit distressed over this last episode. ;)
Jun. 14th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
I've been amusing myself today by watching the reactions of my friends who haven't read... I have been absolutely *biting my tongue* anytime they talk about anything so it's rather a relief, really.
Jun. 14th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Make the Blackwater battle more spectacular than the Trident one in `Baelor`.
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Can I just say again that Peter Dinklage is absolutely BRILLIANT as Tyrion?
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
I have to play the part of Ian Malcom here. You mentioned before you were writing the Battle of Bladkwater Bay for next season. Now, there will actually be a battle filmed for your battle scene, right? *Knock* Hello? *breathes on lens* Yes?
Jun. 14th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Head for high ground! The grumbly fans are a-comin'!
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Stunned so many people haven't bothered to read the books? Enjoying the story on TV but the books are soooo much richer in content, I think I would have a hard time keeping up without the background from the 4 books (hopefully soon to be 5).

Waiting a year for the next season will be much easier then waiting 10 to find out what is going on with Tyrion!
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)

After watching Episode 9 i went and re-read the battle scene from Tyrion in the book.

Thanks, George.
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