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Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:17 am Reply with quote
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"Game of Thrones" Ends At Season 7 Or 8?

April's Vanity Fair does a snazzy preview of the upcoming fourth season of "Game of Thrones" and the topic of the show's life expectancy came up and that the show will soon outpace George R.R. Martin's book series.

Co-creator David Benioff says: "Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we donít know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character."

Martin adds: "I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details arenít there yet. I'm hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me."

Benioff and co-creator D. B. Weiss say they would like to wrap the show after seven or eight seasons: "It doesn't just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that."

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Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:36 pm Reply with quote
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The ratings are in and the fourth season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" broke the show's own records with 6.6 million viewers watching the live 9pm broadcast - a new series best.

That's considerably up on the 4.4 million who tuned in for the third season premiere and the 5.4 million who showed up for last year's season finale.

In previous seasons, if you including all repeats and on-demand viewings, an average episode scores around three times its live 9pm broadcast figures in total viewers. Last season it averaged 14.2 million an episode, that should jump even higher this year.

Piracy of the series also remains rampant with piracy-tracking firm Excipio detecting 1.17 million unique IP addresses accessing torrents of the season premiere within the first 15 hours of the episode going online. That's more than the third season premiere racked up in its first full 24 hour span.

The United States, Australia and Canada are by far the biggest downloaders. While the U.S. came out on top with 198,000 downloads, Australia was close behind with 187,000 downloads despite having only around 1/13th the population of the United States.

Also today, Slate has done a in-depth look back at the key second season episode "Blackwater". We've always known it was the most expensive episode of the second season, it not the series to date, now the actual price tag has been revealed to have come in at $8 million.

That's $2 million more than the standard $6 million it costs to produce a 'Thrones' episode with much of it going to building ships and castle battlements, visual effects, and more than 250 extras that needed costumes and fight training. The article also promises an even bigger battle to come at the end of the fourth season.

Finally, the producers have promised a number of 'big shock' episodes this season rather than the 'save it until episode nine' approach of the previous three seasons. With next week's second episode "The Lion and the Rose" being penned by author George R.R. Martin himself and dealing with a major event bringing many characters together, could it be one of them? Here's the promo:

http://youtu.be/YZd7okKkGmI

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Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:07 pm Reply with quote
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HBO has officially renewed its big-budget fantasy series "Game of Thrones" for two more seasons .

HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo made the announcement today following Sunday night's fourth season premiere which pulled in the highest ratings for an HBO broadcast since "The Sopranos" finale in 2007.

Along with 6.6 million tuning in for the 9pm broadcast, a further 1.6 million tuned in for for the 11pm repeat and that doesn't include HBOGo streaming and on-demand figures.

Along with the ratings increase, the show's critical scores have also increased with time. On Metacritic, the scores have risen for the early episodes of each subsequent season - 79, 88, 90 and now 94/100 for the current fourth season.

The announcement isn't a major surprise, especially in the wake of showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff signing on for a fifth and sixth season a few weeks ago.

Production on the fifth season is slated to begin in the Summer and is expected to incorporate elements from both "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons," the fourth and fifth books in George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series.

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Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:15 pm Reply with quote
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Looks like HBO's "Game of Thrones" could well breeze past author George R.R. Martin after all if comments by the author's editor today come true.

Penguin Random House executive editor Anne Groell suggests that Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series, on which the HBO series is based, may end up requiring an eighth book rather than finishing at seven as originally planned. Groell said in a recent Suvudu Q&A:

"Though seven is what we currently have under contract. I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was... well... no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he said five books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he went to six. I said... Well, you get it. Finally, we were on the same page. Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Good.

Only, as I recently learned while editing 'The World of Ice and Fire', there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay. Also, he has promised me that, when he finally wraps this great beast us, I can publish the five page letter outlining the bare bones of the 'trilogy'"

Martin himself was asked about the comments by EW, and he tells them it's a possibility:

"My plan is to finish in seven... But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I'm half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I'll tell you something more meaningful."

Groell is currently working with Martin on his currently-in-progress sixth book "The Winds of Winter" and does know a few things about it. She, like many fans of the series, is also urging him to hurry up as she has warned Martin "to please not let the show get out ahead of him... His vision started this; I very much want his vision to end it, too."

The show's soon to finish fourth season is still based primarily on events in the second half of book three, but has begun to use elements from the fourth and fifth book, along with incorporating some new elements not seen in the books so far. Martin has commented on those changes and says they're likely to increase with subsequent seasons:

"By and large we are seeing more differences from the books and I've been predicting that from the beginning. There's a certain snowball effect of making changes and I think that will continue."

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have been told the basic outline of books six and seven, something even Groell doesn't know, and reportedly have contingency plans in place should the TV series outpace Martin's final book installments.

The news comes as the show's current fourth season is now becoming one of the most watched series on television. The show is currently averaging around 7.2 million viewers for its first broadcasts, and a whopping 18 million gross weekly viewers for first-runs, encores, HBO GO and On Demand views.

That 18 million is just shy of the HBO watermark of 18.2 million viewers for "The Sopranos" fourth season which it will likely surpass either in the final two episodes of this season or next year.

In network and basic cable equivalent ratings, ie. Live+7 ratings, only four regular shows average above the 18 million mark - "Sunday Night Football," "NCIS," "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Walking Dead" with the latter at 18.4 million.

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Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:55 pm Reply with quote
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Just realized I never came back to this thread...

After hating the first two season I have to say that I really loved everything from season 3 to 5. Actually starting to watch them again, this time on Blu-ray. Season One is so much better when you've seen the others. So much backstory that NOW makes sense! AHhHAhHAh!

Cant wait for the next season. I will try to make weekly post when it starts again.

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Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:54 am Reply with quote
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Just a few more weeks for the next season!!!!

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Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 7:33 am Reply with quote
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New season just started.

The first two episodes were good but the ending of episode #2 was too predictable.

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Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 9:34 am Reply with quote
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Actress Emilia Clarke stopped doing nude scenes on HBO's big-budget fantasy series "Game of Thrones" back in season three, but the actress lifted that rule for last night's fourth episode of the sixth season in which she got her annual 'big moment' in what's been dubbed the 'Fire Goddess' scene.

I won't go into spoilers, however Clarke spoke with EW about the scene after it aired confirming that the body on display is 100% her and she's proud of the moment:

"It's so exciting, very tingly-making. Every season I get at least one spine-chilling moment. I just stand up and I go, 'I'm hearing what you're all saying, but funny thing, I'm going to kill you all. I forgot that I have an ace in my back pocket and now I win.' I'd like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was season 3. That was awhile ago. It's now season 6. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I'm just feeling genuinely happy I said 'Yes.' That ain't no body double!"

Clarke's nude portion of the scene was shot on a closed set in Belfast, while the portion featuring Dothraki actors was shot at the Vaes Dothrak village set constructed in Spain. Clarke claims shooting this scene was very reminiscent of her first season finale see:

"Taking off my clothes is not the easiest thing, but with the magic of the effects, I don't have to do a season one and go on a cliff and do it. I'm in control of it."

"Game of Thrones" returns on Sunday night with the season's fifth episode entitled "The Door".

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Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 9:34 am Reply with quote
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Last Sunday's episode was good. Things are moving around "nicely".

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Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 7:56 am Reply with quote
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"Hold the door"

That was dumb.

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 10:22 am Reply with quote
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A good episode. Glad to see some characters returning.

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Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:22 am Reply with quote
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Good episode. Great to see The Hound and Bronn.

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Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:04 am Reply with quote
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Another good 8th episode. Only two left for this season!

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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:58 am Reply with quote
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A very good 9th episode.

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An awesome beginning for the last episode of season 6. Sadly too many teleportation of characters...

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