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Season Four!!!

HBO has officially renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season. (And I'm almost finished with the first draft of my script. No, sorry, not going to tell you which one it is).


Record ratings for our season three premiere, "Valar Dohaeris."


Also (sigh) record levels of piracy.


On other topics... no, no, Peter Dinklage is NOT being replaced by Warwick Davis in the role of Tyrion. That was just HBO's little April Fools joke. (I was so busy I forgot to make my own April Fools joke). So calm down, boys and girls. Peter is still with us.


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Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
see the download record as a compliment - so many people cannot wait to see their favourite show! in some countries it takes another year for the season to air...
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
There was never any doubt but good to hear the word from you, and HBO. Looking forward to seeing how dorne will look, as well as the Red Viper and more goodies from the last half of "A Storm of Swords". As much as I love HBO shows and quality, and George, this is nothing on you, I'm not too fond of how they handle things (I have a HBO sub). It's not like Netflix or many on demand / stream services or programs where you *don't* need a cable subscription to watch programs. There is a bunch of ways to watch AMC shows, legally, if you don't have a cable or satellite subscription.

My favorite way to watch Game of Thrones is on blu-way...but thankfully I have an HBO sub so I can catch the episodes as they air. Waiting can be hard...

Also, in regards to season 5 until...well, the story ends, it'll be interesting to see how they adapt "A Feast For Crows" and "A Dance With Dragons" to television.

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Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
I reposted that Peter Dinklage April Fools story on Google+, and then several of my friends thought that I thought it was true.

The piracy thing always makes for an interesting discussion. It's the most pirated show partly because most of its fans are the kinds of people who are computer savvy (also partly because it's an awesome show, needless to say). People will tell you to accept the piracy as a compliment, a jumped-to conclusion which I think is far too simplistic.

But IMHO, in that perfect, utopian parallel universe where HBO makes their content available the same way Netflix, Hulu etc. do, the piracy would be way down.

Edited at 2013-04-03 06:08 pm (UTC)
Devdeep Roy Choudhury
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Great news!
Hi George,
It is great that HBO decided this just after the first episode! I really love the books and the show. Is it true that you might have a cameo in the next season and if so then what would you like to be?

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Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Man, I haven't even seen Season 3 and I'm already champing at the bit for Season 4! I simply can't wait to view all that's in store.

Congrats to you, George!
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
HBO has officially renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season.
Was there any conceivable doubt?
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm an HBO subscriber for GoT, but I already have to have a cable subscription for work. I know from reading message boards and conversations around local geek circles that a lot of the "pirates" either cannot afford the $100 plus a month for a cable subscription plus HBO, or they live where the show is not aired. Most of these same people buy the DVDs as soon as they are available and would likely buy the episodes or HBOGO access directly from HBO were that available.

I couldn't tell you what percentage that actually represents, but I know access has become an issue for a lot of people.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
Is it a sign of my advancing age that I consider "waiting" to be a better response than piracy?
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Graham Blake
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
I hope the piracy sigh was a sigh about how difficult (impossible) HBO makes it for people without cable to watch their shows. That significantly affects the piracy levels. This is not a cavalier "information wants to be free" fact. This is an "information wants to be convenient" fact. So long as piracy is more convenient than legitimate on-demand streaming, expect it to happen in huge numbers for such a popular show within the "Internet demographic".
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Yeah, we're struggling with our bills, and HBO was one of the luxuries we had to let go. I'm hoping to be able to hijack my parents' TV when I visit over there and catch up. I miss being able to watch the show, and wish there was some easy way to do so.
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Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
I will admit to having seen copies of previous episodes that were not acquired through legitimate channels, but I also buy the Bluray sets when they come out. Do you feel this is an adequate recompense for the work?
Apr. 3rd, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
I certainly
feel like that is fair recompense. I pirated the episode, but I also pay for HBO in my country and I buy the Blu-Ray set when it comes out, so not like anything was lost.

It's the people who pirate the show while they have the option of subscribing to HBO that are just pathetic.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Pretty good timing too. Justified ended last night after another great season and Game of Thrones is back! Vikings has been good on History Channel as well. Ever notice how they never put good TV on Sundays during football season though!
Apr. 3rd, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Love JUSTIFIED. The season finale kicked ass.
Charles Schexnayder
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Season 4 script
Hopefully your script features a viper "climbing" a mountain. Or pigeon pie, that would be acceptable as well.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
So, going back to the question I asked when GoT was first announce...are they going to duplicate the structure of the books for seasons four and five, or will they try and tell the story more linearly? (When I asked this before, you said something like "Let's make sure there's a season 4 first.)

I don't think this will count as any kind of spoiler here.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
The TV shows need action. Books 4 and 5 don't have a lot of action that really advances the story narrative. I could see the series ending after Season 4. Either that or "A Feast For Crows" and "A Dance For Dragons" being combined into one season of TV. If "The Winds of Winter" is just more of the same from the last two books, I could see the show departing from the books and finishing the story by themselves.

I'm not saying "A Feast For Crows" and "A Dance With Dragons" are poor books, no, not at all. But the first three books are crackerjacks and the last two aren't.
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Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
piracy and foreign countries
I'm a Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones fan from Belgium, and it takes forever for a show to be aired here. And when it is available of TV for everyone, it's dubbed in French. Could you imagine hearing ANY of the characters speaking with a different voice? Me neither.

Hopefully there's gonna be some sort of settlement soon, where foreign TV air dates are closer to the original HBO air date, that's probably the only solution for the piracy issue.
Michael Mischnick
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
As other have already stated, the high piracy has as much (if not more) to do with HBO's policies than it has to do with some moral failing among us unwashed masses.

I suspect that here in the U.S., the piracy rate would go down significantly if HBO simply allowed episodes to be purchased from iTunes (or whatever source they choose) on a per-episode basis as they come out OR if HBO allowed people to subscribe to HBOGo without requiring them to also be cable subscribers. But sadly, HBO seems to believe it is in their business interests to tightly control the release of its content and to make it frustratingly painful for people who either don't want or can't afford cable to watch shows like GoT.

Just my two cents.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the confirmation for Season 4, but I was under the impression there was no doubts there was going to be a Season 4. The question is, When does Filming commence? That's how we KNOW for sure it's coming. For instance we KNOW The Walking Dead is going back in next Month to film the new Season that comes back in Oct.

As for "piracy", I concur with the comments by everyone else. I pay for HBO and I purchase HBO products. It's a complicated topic. I'm not that worried about HBO not making enough money. I Love HBO, I totally appreciate their production and support of raising the bar for commercial free quality Television entertainment.
I hope this does not put me in ill light in thine eyes Ser Martin.
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