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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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Paula Mackiewicz
Jun. 14th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll have a great time in Poland George! I will see you on Wednesday at the Traffic Club and of course in Nidzica, too ^^
Jun. 14th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
2nd Series
Please make it longer than the first. Ideally 20 episodes per book.
Timothy Dee
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
A Storm of Status Updates
The online verse has veritably exploded...viewers who have been well-trained to expect certain outcomes are beyond upset...fortunately most are soothing their shock and grief by turning towards Rob and the certainty that he and his bannermen will set things aright and bring justice to the Lannisters.
Jun. 20th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
Re: A Storm of Status Updates
Alicia Nesbitt
Jun. 14th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Poland, eh!? Any intent to make it up to Canada? We have a yearly expo that's pretty awesome!!
Jun. 15th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
The 5th Book
Just finished the first 4 books and anxiously await the 5th in the series. Thank you for creating such a wonderfully intricate world full of colorful characters and plots. I'm wondering what word Brienne utters to stop the hanging. Could it be "Arya"?
James Hare
Jun. 16th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
I caught the first episode after folks said the show was amazing. I was hooked immediately and made it about halfway through the second episode before buying the book. Now I'm into the third book and hoping I can get all of it out of the way before the new book comes out. Thanks for the amazing world to run around in and the wonderful imagining of it in the show.

I'd chide you for killing so many of my favorite characters already, but the tension that creates makes the work so much more exciting I don't know if it's really a bad thing.
Jun. 20th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
I have been waiting for this series since i first heard it announced, and i havent been disapointed! congratulations on bringing to life this amazing world, Ive shared it will all my friends and they cant get enough!!!
Jun. 21st, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
First of all I want to say: Thanks God we have You :)
Thanks, for one of the most greatest book series, and one of the coolest serial about it!
You did a titanic work - made a whole new fantastic, spectacular world! Thanks from all your fans George!
Lina Maria Lorenzo
Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Stannis casting rumors
Well... if the IMDB page is any clue, the plan appears to cast Gerard Buttler as Stannis.... Don't see it, he is too pretty to be Stannis. :)

And I can wait until spring of next year, I will have A Dance with Dragons to keep me company.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin,I was AMAZED with this series, just as I was AMAZED with your books. I will make no mistake when I say that your fans in Russia are looking forward to reading THE DANCE WITH DRAGONS and to watching the new season of SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. We have enjoyed this first series. Our only hope is that the next one will be somewhat extended, perhaps up to 20 or 30 episodes. I understand this means money but still. I'm sure this series will be a success all over the world and the next one will be even more gorgeous. I wish you good luck. Thank you for the immense work you've done.
Алёшенька Михайлов
Jun. 26th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)

I want role in next episode
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