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... with a little friend.

His name is Hugo.


Thanks to all of you who gave "Blackwater" your vote.  We're thrilled that you enjoyed the episode  enough to vote it our genre's greatest honor.

Thanks to Rory, for coming all the way from Glasgow to help me accept the award.  He's just as tough as advertised; not only did he survive a Hugo ceremony, he downed TWO ghost pepper shots at the BWB party.  And thanks to HBO for sending him, with a special tip o' the hat to Mara and Stephanie, who made it happen.

Thanks to David Benioff and Dan Weiss, world's greatest showrunners.  My name is on the "Blackwater" script, but there's an awful lot of their writing in there as well, including that amazing original scene between Bronn and the Hound (I wanted to show that at the Hugos as our clip, but, er, LoneStarCon was concerned about the young lady sitting in Bronn's lap, so we went another way).

Thanks to Neil Marshall, who directed the hell out of "Blackwater," stepping in with barely a week's notice to make the episode everything we dreamed that it could be.  (And he's back this year for another battle!  There's a brave, brave man).

Thanks to our amazing cast and incredible crew.  The wildfire explosion was a thing of beauty, truly, but it's the performances of Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Conleth Hill, Jerome Flynn, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Sibel Kekilli, Eugene Simon, Roy Dotrice, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Finn Jones, Charles Dance, and the rest of our company that made "Blackwater" what it was, bringing the words to life, and creating scenes that will linger in memory long after the green fire has faded.  The SFX were great, but without characters to love and hate and fear for, the big explosion is just a light show.


And yes, I was surprised when Paul Cornell called out our name.  I had hopes, of course, but DOCTOR WHO has taken this category in six of the past seven years, and we were up against not one Doctor, but three.   For those who care about such things, "Blackwater" had the most first place votes, but the Doctor was closing in on us as the lower ranked DR. WHO episodes were eliminated and their votes cascaded into the others.  It was only when the episode of FRINGE dropped out and their votes moved to us that "Blackwater" went over the top.  Ah, the complexities of the Australian ballot...

FWIW, this was the second Hugo for GAME OF THRONES, and the sixth for me.  I've won in five different categories now.  And no, it never gets old.

So once more, to all of you:



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Sep. 7th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You deserve every single one. Blackwater was one of the most thrilling hours of TV I've ever seen in my life.
Sep. 7th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! Blacwater was an epic episode.
Jimmy Potter
Sep. 7th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
I wish I could have been there, but I graduated from Air Force BMT the week before and I am at tech school now. One weeks difference and I could have gone because it is in San ANtonio, but that is how life goes! Just keep doing what you do George, I love your work and can't wait for the next season and more importantly, the next book!!!
Sep. 7th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats George! Thanks for sharing this great news here. :)
Tanto Ten
Sep. 7th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
One more at Sasquan 2015
In another category this time...
Sep. 7th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Dance with the Conga Rats!
Congratulations, George. You earned it. Clearly.
Sep. 7th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Totally deserved. Enjoy #6, George.
Sep. 7th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)

Congratulations, George! It was (and still is) my favorite episode.
Sep. 7th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Congrats George! Looking forward to season 4 and more accolades for you and all involved with the Game.
Sep. 8th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
My favourite episode from season two. Congratulations.
Sep. 8th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
You more than deserve it. It was wonderfully written and executed. Kudos to everyone involved and congratulations!!
Katherine Almonte
Sep. 8th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
When I saw this episode for the first time, I thought "this, looks like a movie! wonderful" I enjoyed so much that I bought the blue-ray and watched it with your commentary.

You were so great and thoughtful. Later on, I bought all the books and read it. theN, even thought this is supposed to be an adaptation, I could not compered it with the chapters of ASOIF.

The books and the show. I love them both but they are different worlds. nothing wrong with that. =]
Sep. 8th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
Congratulations, sir - very much deserved!
Sep. 8th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you and all the others who make this show happen season to season... you certainly deserve it George!
Sep. 8th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Other awards
Hey do George or Ty know that A Podcast of Ice and Fire won a Geekie award for best podcast?
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