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The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has broken the story, so I'm now free to comment on a juicy little nugget of GAME OF THRONES news that I've been sitting on for a week or so:

Neil Marshall has been signed to direct an episode for our second season.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past ten years or so, Marshall is the director of CENTURION, of DOG SOLDIERS, and -- especially -- of THE DESCENT, which I think may well be the best horror film of the past twenty years or so. (Do NOT confuse it with the sequel, a much weaker film). GAME OF THRONES will be his first foray into television.

And my comment?

That sound you hear is a high-pitched squeal of delight.

I love Marshall's work, in case you couldn't tell.

And what makes this especially exciting is that the episode he'll be directing is... mine. Yes. He's going to directing episode nine, "Blackwater." The Battle of the Blackwater.

I still don't how the hell we can possibly afford to do half of what I put into that script, but if anyone can pull off my budget-busting battle, it's Marshall.

For more about our second season directors, check out the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER story at:



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Sep. 13th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
This is by far the most exciting news about Season 2 thus far. I think I may have actually squealed with joy.
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're happy.

Count me amongst those who had never heard of him, but I'm not at all a horror watcher, so that's likely why.
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
That's AWESOME! I just re-watched TD (and sequel) yesterday!
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
The episode I look forward to most... directed by a director whom I absolutely adore? I'm squealing right there with ya. :)
Serenity Wilson
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
This and that
I just spent an hour talking to my boyfriend about A Dance With Dragons and I wanted a chance to say that it is my favorite book since Game of Thrones. I know that I probably won't get an answer and that you hear this often but your writing is amazing and I love the depth that you give your characters. I made myself read as slowly as possible to make the book last a bit longer since I know it will be a while before the next one comes out but when it does I can almost guarantee that it will be my 30ish girly scream of delight that you will be hearing all the way from Georgia. I'm excited about the prospect of Marshall directing episode nine and if the second season is half as good as the first I'm going to sob when it's over! And if I am a very, very lucky lady you will be at DragonCon next September and I will have some small chance of getting your autograph on my book. Again, thank you so much for all of your hard work!

A little fan,

Serenity Wilson
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Re: This and that
Alas, I won't be at Dragoncon next year... or any year, so long as it remains on Labor Day weekend. But we've discussed that in detail in other threads.

WHich is not to say that I won't pass through Atlanta some time, maybe on my next book tour.
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
I am completely against trolling and despise it when people comment to simply cause a stir, but I must ask how this warrants excitement. The episode he shoots will be great because the material, the casting, and the production team is great. Let's not forget that this is the man who made Doomsday and Centurion (2 dreary stinkers) after The Descent.
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
I thought CENTURION was terrific, m'self.

Haven't seen DOOMSDAY.
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
I always love seeing a creator I admire turn into a squealing fan - makes me feel better about being a squealing fan myself.

Sep. 13th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Never heard of him - but if he does half as good a job as he did with The Decent and Dog Soldiers, I'm into it!
Sep. 13th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
I just got a boner reading "budget-busting battle".
Sep. 13th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)

As if it wasn't already the episode I'm most looking forward to. Very cool!
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
My new addiction
Oh my..Where do I begin? My son, age 21, has been raving about your HBO series since the premiere episode. I just have not had the time, or to be quite honest, the inclination to watch because the genre and subject matter is just not my usual cup of tea.
I have pretty serious issues with my spinal cord and was bed bound all day today. I don't have a novel to read at the moment which is unusual. So, I turned on the TV, decided to appease my son and watched Game of Thrones episode 1. 5 minutes into the episode I was hooked. 15 minutes into it I turned the phone off and by the end of the first episode, you gained a fan for life!!
I spent the rest of the day watching the entire first season. The kids inquired about dinner and were handed the menu of the world famous Philly cheese steak place that delivers. (by the way, they thank you)
And I want to thank you also. It's so rare nowadays that I can completely escape into a story and be so completely, intensely engrossed. I loved every minute of it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you sir. You even made me forget about my pain for a few brief hours.
I will be ordering your series of books from Amazon as soon as I am able to because I simply must know MORE about these characters! Characters I initially despised became my favorites. Characters I was ready to get behind and support, ended up disappointing me or breaking my heart. I cried, I laughed, I bit my fingernails! Something I have not done since the 7th grade.
You are a master writer. Your visions and ideas simply make for stellar story telling.
Again...Thank you for transporting me today to another time, another place, another world and making me FEEL, THINK and feel so very much alive.
Warm regards George
Matt Stedman
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
Very exciting news! Although I thought Doomsday and Centurion weren't quite at the same level as Dog Soldiers and The Descent, he is still an incredibly talented director and I can't wait to see what he brings to the series. This is a perfect fit to the material if you ask me. I just hope he doesn't put too much CGI squirting blood in it, that really distracted me in Centurion.
Sep. 13th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
Good luck for the boys at the SFX/CGI department with the pyromancers piss! :P
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)

Very nice to hear the love for The Descent around here. Although I think [REC] is the best horror film in the past decade. Everyone should check it out. (And ignore the remake, Quarantine).

I thought Centurion was okay. Fassbender was nice to watch.

Anyway, excited for this episode!

Sep. 13th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
I was more startled by today's other Game Of Thrones news- part of the set (a big marquee tent) being blown down and trapping some people inside

Sep. 13th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Not to make light of anyone actually getting hurt, but they got a little preview of the RW...
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