Game of Thrones gets blank check renewal from HBO
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Winter is coming, as are Season 2, and 3, and...
Let's hope that Iron Throne is more comfortable than it appears.
Last week, and the Television Critics Association press tour (TCA 2011) HBO co-president Richard Pepler addressed concerns that the Game of Thrones wouldn't last long enough to cover all seven novels of the epic series, saying, "We told George (R.R. Martin, the author) we’d go as long as he kept writing." He also said that apart from high ratings and critical acclaim, they could measure the success of the show by how pleased Mr. Martin was with the show. "The truth is when you see how thrilled he is with the production, we know we’ve succeeded partially by his satisfaction."
It's understandable that fans would fear a premature cancellation of the series. After HBO's Rome amassed a dedicated fan base (with production quality almost equal to that of Thrones) it was cancelled out of hand during its second season. Sci-fi and fantasy series have a record of ending before the story is told, leaving fans hanging (Firefly, Jericho, Hyperdrive, and FlashForward spring to mind). HBO programming president Michael Lombardo went on to say that they were moving forward with no predetermined number of seasons, but that, ""I promise you we won’t stop it before it’s ready to stop." There is no word on whether the promise to continue to the end of the saga is actually a contractual obligation or a statement of intent and support by HBO; but with that kind of vote of confidence, does it matter? Surely, it's no coincidence either that the show was just nominated for an amazing 13 Emmy awards, including Best Drama. While some question the potential for a 'genre' show like Thrones to actually win an award - an unnamed 'media colleague' told an LA Times reporter that it was only nominated because "it's a cool show, and the voters wanted to seem hip" - 13 nominations is an awful lot. And while only Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) was recognized in an acting category, there was a pretty wide range of nominations - best drama, of course, but also writing, casting, directing, sound, costumes, and visual effects.
Speaking of visual effects - if you hadn't had a chance to see Game of Thrones Season 1 yet, or if (like me) you're missing it already, check out the stunning VFX composite below.
Season 2 of Game of Thrones will premiere in April 2012.
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