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Did you say seven million?

Yep.  Ratings for GAME OF THRONES continue to climb, week after week.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/05/06/game-of-thrones-ratings-surge/

Congratulations to David, Dan, Bryan, our amazing directors, and the best cast in television.

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Perrin Hall Brunson
May. 6th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
Congratulations on the amazing ratings! I cannot imagine the thrill of seeing an adaptation of your own work achieving such success. Congratulations to the entire GoT team!

Also, I just wanted to say a most sincere thank you. I gave up reading for a long time, and your writing made me fall in love with books again. A Song of Ice and Fire is a truly a masterpiece, and a joy to read. Thank you again!
agusttinn
May. 6th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
Me too, I didn't read something in years, then I find this masterpieces and I fall in love with books again. Thank you George!
kadaria
May. 6th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
I just love that now my circle of friends is putting down the books I can't stand and picking up a Song of Ice and Fire.
eowyn
May. 6th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant. Congratulations to everyone involved!
cr0nintendo
May. 6th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
So much praise...
And well deserved, for you and the show. That's an amazing feat on pay cable, compared to such amazing television in their arsenal. Well done to all involved.

I'm just surprised I'm the only one to express some sadness at the direction the show seems to be going. I may be getting ahead of myself, but I just fear that they are indeed delving into some subject material we have yet to encounter in the books, or just the massive deviations that we've seen from time to time. I'm not trying to nit pick, but as someone who began reading this series in 1998, I often have to wonder if I should continue to watch the show, or just continue to wait for Winds of Winter. I'll keep watching for now though, for one, because I just love seeing this world finally being brought to life, and two, I'm hooked. Just a bit concerned, there are certain things I would much prefer to encounter in print before I encounter them in a rushed scene on cable. Again, not nitpicking, well trying not to, I'm just worried and wanted to speak on behalf of us book lovers. I absolutely love your world, and feel very defensive of it, haha!
All the best, George, I've been a massive fan since the 20th century! :)

Edited at 2014-05-06 11:46 pm (UTC)
savatage
May. 7th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
Awesome ratings! HBO has done an incredible job with the series, however, that's nothing compared to how many people are going to buy The Winds of Winter when it's released. That might break records!
markerikson
May. 7th, 2014 05:10 am (UTC)
I've been sort of hanging out for a GoT related post so that I could ask this without being rudely off topic:

I'm primarily a book fan. I love the show and think that it's really excellent, but for me, it just can't beat the books.

The ending to the "Oathkeeper" episode, though, raised some concerns. Are we at the point now where the show may be spoiling things that are yet to be seen in the books? Because if and when that happens, I will reluctantly stop watching the show until the books are completed.

Nobody has given a definitive answer to that question yet. Was the final scene from "Oathkeeper" confirmation of something that many have suspected, but has not yet been explicitly revealed in the books? Or was it something that the showrunners have added (which is totally fine, I'm not suggesting that the show must adhere strictly to the books)? Are we at the point where we have to be wary of book spoilers in the show?

This probably sounds a little pedantic to some, but when it comes to things I really love, I am super sensitive to spoilers, and I'll bet I'm probably not the only one.

Thanks. Also, congratulations. It is pretty great the the books I've loved for years have become the cultural phenomenon they always deserved to be.
grrm
May. 7th, 2014 05:41 am (UTC)
I believe I have already addressed this issue in a comment on an earlier post.

Once again: how many children did Scarlett O'Hara have?
markerikson
May. 7th, 2014 11:38 am (UTC)
I saw that, and I'm afraid I have to admit that I didn't understand it. After a quick trip to Wikipedia, I do now. As I would with any other internet discussion, I began marshaling counter arguments...

But, in doing so, I run the risk of annoying someone I greatly respect and admire (and who knows me not-at-all, other than as an annoyance, which isn't an impression I'd like to leave). And what I realised is that I trust your judgement. If you don't believe that anything in the show can diminish my enjoyment of the books, that's good enough for me. I hope I didn't irritate you too much.
Bébert L'ours
May. 13th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
Differences
Scarlett O'Hara has not the same number of children in the book and in the movie.

George's question is about differences between a work and it's adaptation.
urbanflowerpot
May. 7th, 2014 05:23 am (UTC)
Books aside, even if I wasn't so invested in what I've read: I truly think this is the most beautiful and thoughtful shows I've ever seen. I never thought TV would look so grand. Congrats to all!
GeekFurious
May. 7th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
Bring on season 9!
Congratulations. It is awesome to see a series that is actually great receive so much attention. We may not see something like this again, in our lifetime.
Ramzi Shalby
May. 7th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
7 Million???????
7th Season Confirmed :)
Gehrig JonLou
May. 10th, 2014 06:21 am (UTC)
This is great news... as the rating climb so shall the budget right? Giving the producers more money with which to hire more actors so we lose out on fewer characters, expensive sets, environments, and battle scenes. Alas that the numbers were not quite so high leading to this season... I was really hoping we would get at least three episodes of fighting at the Wall :)

I've heard that we may only get 7 or 8 seasons... but that there is some discussion about a big feature movie at the end, perhaps even a split film some 3 flicks long... which I for one would love. Indeed, numbers like this make that grand finale more probable do they not?

Edited at 2014-05-10 06:22 am (UTC)
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