[h2]Hey guys, let's try focusing on the book. Makes it easier to distinguish between spoilers. And speaking of spoilers, if spoiler tagging, specify if it's a book spoiler or show spoiler.[/h2]
[release][h2]Season 2: April 1, 2012[/h2]
What we know so far:
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1754059/]Natalie Dormer[/URL] as Margaery Tyrell.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3729225/]Gwendoline Christie[/URL] as Brienne of Tarth.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0192377/]Liam Cunningham[/URL] as Davos Seaworth.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0203882/]Oliver Ford Davies[/URL] as Maester Cressen.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0226820/]Stephen Dillane[/URL] as Stannis Baratheon
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0396924/]Carice van Houten[/URL] as Melisandre of Asshai.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0203801/]Karl Davies[/URL] as Alton Lanniester.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2247629/]Gemma Whelan[/URL] as Yara (Asha) Greyjoy.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1996829/]Nonso Anozie[/URL] as Xaro Xhoan Daxos.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0937239/]Tom Wlaschiha[/URL] as Jaqen H'ghar.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0234541/]Roy Dotrice[/URL] as Pyromancer Hallyne.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2356940/]Hannah Murray[/URL] as Gilly.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0174005/]Ben Crompton[/URL] as Eddison Tollett.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0568385/]Michael McElhatton[/URL] as Roose Bolton.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0700059/]Robert Pugh[/URL] as Craster.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3671418/]Laura Pradelska[/URL] as Quaithe.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1978998/]Forbes KB[/URL] as Black Lorren.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0538869/]Patrick Malahide[/URL] as Balon Greyjoy.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4535552/]Daniel Portman[/URL] as Podrick Payne.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1748634/]Lucian Msamati[/URL] as Salladhor Saan.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0360171/]Ian Hanmore[/URL] as Pyat Pree.
- [URL=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0408591/]Ralph Ineson[/URL] as Dagmer Cleftjaw.
Game of Thrones is an HBO series. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of epic fantasy novels written by American author George R.R. Martin. The series was jokingly tagged as "The Sopranos in Middle-Earth." That should help give you an idea of what it's like if you've never read the books.
[QUOTE]The television series is expected to follow the multiple storylines of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels closely, and author Martin has stated that the pilot script was very faithful to his work. Set in Westeros where "summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime," Game of Thrones chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among noble families for control of the Iron Throne.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE] Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Sean Bean as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden as Robb Stark
Rory McCann as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark[/QUOTE][/release]
[B]"Clip Preview," but I like to call it a teaser.[/B]
[B]"Winter is coming" teaser:[/B]
[B][URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjY6QnOPcoI[/B]Behind the scenes featurette[/URL][/B]
[B][URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJTFmZHvaNo]Designing food for the sets.[/URL][/B]
[B][URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgAd7MfPrj8]Designing the sets themselves.[/URL][/B]
[B][URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wub12IZmVY]On costume design.[/URL][/B]
[B]George R.R. Martin- Bringing Game of Thrones to HBO Featuring Really Bad Audio Why Do I still have these in this post - [URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2N1FMqrpY0]Part One[/URL] - [URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyBfvxjGhto]Part Two[/URL] - [URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOCNzJoVEwM]Part Three[/URL] [/B]
[B][URL=http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/03/game-of-thrones-interview-with-john.html] [U]Interview with John Bradley-West, playing Samwell Tarly[/U][/URL][/B]
[QUOTE][B]Early on in the filming you indicated you hadn’t read the book, but relented somewhere along the way. Were you reading the novel while you were still filming? Did you find it helpful to your performance?[/B]
I did read the book while I was in the later stages of filming. Mainly because I started to get very curious about the story in the broader picture. By that time there was nothing more I could bring to Samwell. Decisions had been made and I stand by those. Relationships founded and attitude and motivation set in stone. I knew the character from my research into it and from the multitude of clues that were in the script both in dialogue and directions. With writing that good, each sentence contains so many indications as to everything an actor needs to form a character and performance.
I studied Samwell’s lines with the forensic attention to detail they deserved. The writers decided to keep, expand upon, disregard, tone down or refine different elements of the character as he appeared in the book. I trusted that they had made the right decisions with regards to these elements and I accepted their intentions for the character and set about working with what I had.
As filming began to wind down I allowed myself to read the book properly eventually. I had never been privy to episodes one and two. I was not in them, never received them and wasn’t present at the read through. Being able to read it knowing who each of the characters were going to be portrayed by was a luxury that I reveled in. voices bounced off the page. Sean IS Ned and Kit IS Jon, etc.
Because the books are obviously more detailed in description and exposition than the scripts, the decisions in casting especially were affirmed tenfold in my mind. The book really did make my mind melt at the thought of the size of the task at hand for the production designers and visual effects people. George’s glorious lack of restraint in terms of depth and number of characters, breathtakingly specific but at the same time sweeping and imposing geography and at the same time a deeply human and perfectly motivationally valid story can only be applauded by all who read it.
I’m glad that I didn’t get too wrapped up in the book before I took to the role because the scripts have all the power in terms of what is seen on the screen. I’m glad I finally read it because it does confirm that the choices made by everybody involved with the show appears to be correct. I will do the same with A Clash of Kings just to fill in the gaps for me. It is a genuine part of my method. All drama is in detail I think. Its about being clear in your intention and relationships. If you attempt to match the size of the story and world as a whole in your performance then you will appear arrogant and imposing I think. Draw every scene down to what is happening IN THAT MOMENT. That is my way of working.[/QUOTE]
[B][URL=http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/04/game-of-thrones-george-r-r-martin.html][U]Interview with Martin himself:[/U][/URL][/B]
[QUOTE]Ryan: How closely involved are you in the making of the show? I know you’re writing the eighth script, is that correct?
Martin: My deal calls for me to write one script this season. It's script eight this year and next year, I’ll do another one if we get another season. I really can’t do more than that because I still have the [next 'A Song of Ice and Fire'] books to write. The books take an enormous amount of time. There’s a part of me that would love to be more involved than I am involved, attending the meetings and all that, but I can’t. Even if they wanted me, which I’m not sure they would, but I can’t. So my level of involvement is great. I have a great communication with David and Dan and with the people at HBO and I certainly feel like I’m part of the process, but they’re the showrunners and the buck stops with them, not with me.[/QUOTE]
[B][URL=http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/08/a-game-of-thrones-david-j-peterson/][U]Language creator David J. Peterson:[/U][/URL][/B]
[QUOTE]GD: What kind of rules did you consider when creating the Dothraki language — without anything but an imagined history to work from, where did you begin? And how difficult was it to work with words and structure Martin had already created in the book?
DJP: My goal, from the very beginning, was to create a language that looked and felt like the small number of snippets present in the books. There wasn’t much to work with (about thirty words, most of them names – and male names, at that), but there was enough to suggest the beginnings of a grammar (for example, there is strong evidence of noun-adjective order, as opposed to the adjective-noun order found in English). That was my starting point: Everything that appears in the books had to remain intact, since the books are canon.
In order to get going, I took down all the words in the books and extrapolated a phonology (a list of sounds with which to create words). I had some fun with it, though. For example, in all the words and names in the four published books, the letter “u” occurs only after “q”, suggesting a [kw] sound, and once on its own in the third book, though I believe that’s a misspelling (the City of Bones, Vaes Tolorro, is referred to once in the third book as Vaes Tolorru [and it happens in speech in a moment of passion; Ser Jorah may have just screwed it up]). I took that opportunity to leave the vowel [u] out of Dothraki entirely, giving it a four vowel system.
After I settled on a sound system, I extrapolated a morphological system. Some elements had to be maintained (for example, in the books, we see “dothraki” for the people [plural], “Vaes Dothrak” for the Dothraki city, and “dothrae” meaning “rides”. This suggests that /-k/, /-i/ and /-e/ are somehow involved in the paradigm for the stem “dothra-”), but for the most part, I was free to run wild. After I had a fairly stable morphology (verbal paradigm, case paradigm, and derivational morphology, in particular), I set to work on the best part: creating vocabulary. For that, the main inspiration came from the books. These are warriors that spend a lot of time with horses, have a kind of aversion to salt water, and disdain walking on foot. Just those ideas are enough to give rise to a thousand words or more. If I ever needed further inspiration (especially for guidance on how a pre-industrial culture views the world), I’d delve into my Hawaiian language materials. (A question I once found myself pondering: Does Hawaiian have a native word for “boring”? It turns out it does: manakā.)[/QUOTE][/release]
Personally, I'm very excited. I've been completely hooked on the novels ever since I heard the two new Blind Guardian songs that are based on them.
This is also my first go at a megathread. Hopefully it was satisfactory. I plan on updating it as information becomes available.
If Sean Beans in it I will watch it for the craic.
Ooh, a fantasy thing being produced by an actual TV network.
This will be amazing... especially since it's on HBO.
The books are great.
[QUOTE=The_Marine;24932540]This will be amazing... especially since it's on HBO.
The books are great.[/QUOTE]
They really are. I'm actually still on the first one myself. Like I said in the OP, I only recently found out about them.
[QUOTE=LCBADs;24931745]Ooh, a fantasy thing being produced by an actual TV network.[/QUOTE]
Um, they're not the first.
Except Legend of the Seeker was beyond terrible.
Bought the first book when my PSU exploded while playing dragon age. Too bad by the time I received it I got my pc back and never looked at it again.
Tossed a couple interviews into the OP. They were both pretty lengthy so I only quoted the parts that seemed to focus the most on the show. If it's not apparent enough, click the titles for the full interview.
Heard about this show a couple of weeks ago. Looks pretty good. And it has Sean Bean :D
Fucking looking forward to this :D
Tossed in three more videos (or one big long one depending on how you look at it) and shameless self-bump.
Great, I just realized that the audio on the new videos I added is awful.
[QUOTE=KnightLight;24954830]Um, they're not the first.
That show was a terrible adaption of the book. (Wizards First Rule)
[QUOTE=LeonS;25287627]Except it wasn't.[/QUOTE]
All the good things about the book were taken out or changed to all hell. For example in one of the episodes in the first season, they meet the Sisters of the Light and they are portrayed as kind friendly people. In the book they were basically evil and were not even revealed until late into the second book.
[QUOTE=The_Marine;24958792]Except Legend of the Seeker was beyond terrible.[/QUOTE]
Except it wasn't.
[QUOTE=KnightLight;24954830]Um, they're not the first.
LOL that's not the first either.
This Game of Thrones actually looks like it has potential though.
Xena always depressed me.
Ugh. Fantasy doesn't work in live action, in my opinion. It just turns into sword battles and fireballs.
[QUOTE=Mr. Scorpio;25356872]Ugh. Fantasy doesn't work in live action, in my opinion. It just turns into sword battles and fireballs.[/QUOTE][url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings_film_trilogy[/url]
Lots of sword battles but it works.
Looking forward to this a lot.
It'll probably be the first mature fantasy TV series ever.
[QUOTE=The_Marine;26389289]Looking forward to this a lot.
It'll probably be the first mature fantasy TV series ever.[/QUOTE]
Thanks for the bump and making me realize that there was new stuff about it. I never wanted to bump this without something new to post and I think I just forgot to keep checking.
I do what I can. :D
This looks absolutely brilliant, I heard about it today. Anything with Sean Bean in is instantly awesome, but the rest of the cast look good too.
Cool, a show to tie me over until The Walking Dead comes back.
Bumping this thread, the series pilot will air on April 17th in the US, 18th in the UK on Sky Atlantic. The release date for A Dance With Dragons also got revealed, July 12th. Six years of wait, almost over.
Also: my views on the dogs they're trying to pass as direwolves in the show:
I am halfway trough the book, it gets complicated at times though. There are like so many characters, and some even have the same names. Somtimes i'm like, wait what, who just did what with who where and who did they do it to?
[QUOTE=Zezibesh;28429679]Bumping this thread, the series pilot will air on April 17th in the US, 18th in the UK on Sky Atlantic. The release date for A Dance With Dragons also got revealed, July 12th. Six years of wait, almost over.
Also: my views on the dogs they're trying to pass as direwolves in the show:
I want a tamaskan dog now :smugdog:
[QUOTE=Hotespresso;28443487]I am halfway trough the book, it gets complicated at times though. There are like so many characters, and some even have the same names. Somtimes i'm like, wait what, who just did what with who where and who did they do it to?[/QUOTE]
I honestly ignore most minor lordlings like Pipers or Crakehalls or Brackens etc, as I can't recall their first name
It's what the higher-ups do in the book though, so it's fairly realistic
[editline]6th March 2011[/editline]
New trailer: [url]http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/03/03/game-of-thrones-new-trailer/[/url]
Longest one yet, and uses a generic trailer sample for music. [i]Heh.[/i]
I was gonna update this thread tonight but looks like Zez took care of it a week ago so I get to go to bed since it's 6:23 am so goodnight k bye
yeah but i'll update op tomorrow fuck im tired
or like later today if you wanna get technical
Ok updated with a new interview, new trailers, and the release date. Yay.
So anybody got any recommendations - preferably legal ones - on how I should go about watching this since I don't get HBO anymore?
I cannot wait for this! It looks so immersive and well made.
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