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At this point, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss can pretty much write their own ticket. The HBO show based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels (still waiting for you to finish them George!) is in its 7th season and going strong after this week’s season premiere. As this is Game of Thrones’ penultimate season before the big climactic conclusion of the much-loved show, everyone is wondering what is next for the famed duo. After all, they managed to give us Martin’s brilliant work and have millions of people absorbed in the world of Westeros. Whatever they do next will have to be something just as big (and just as good).

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As you’re undoubtedly already aware, there are only 13 hours of Game of Thrones left, and they will be spread out over two seasons to prolong the agony of fans. With an endgame in mind for the series, it should come as no surprise that HBO would be looking for a way to keep this lucrative franchise going in some way after the series finale, and one of the ways to do that would be with some kind of prequel series. The show, and the books it’s based, refer back to a rich history in the imaginary land of Westeros, just don’t expect the guys behind the current show to want to come back and explore it further. (more…)

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The finale for HBO‘s Game of Thrones sixth season blew the roof off the series ratings record from the fifth season finale with 800,000 more viewers setting the new record at 8.9 million for the on air broadcast. When HBO tallies the numbers for those that watched the finale on DVR, encore, On-Demand, and those that streamed the finale on HBO GO and HBO NOW estimates put the number at 23.3 million total viewers. That’s enough people to make up the entire population of Taiwan. There’s no doubt the show is popular and with two seasons left, and only 15 episodes between them, fans are excited to see what’s coming. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had a couple of things to tell fans about the upcoming two seasons. (more…)

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Game of Thrones‘ is only halfway through its sixth season, but there have already been some memorable moments. The HBO series, which airs Sundays at 9pm, keeps a grueling schedule as it can take up to a month or more to completely shoot episodes for the hit show. This is due to travelling to locations, schedules of the actors, and just who is involved in the scenes to be filmed.

Jack Bender, director of ‘Game of Thrones’ season six episodes “The Door” and “Blood of My Blood,” recently spoke with Vanity Fair about his work on the series and he revealed a point of interest regarding next season. Bender claims that next season will only consist of seven episodes. (more…)

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Yesterday, HBO announced the return date for the Emmy Award-winning series Game of Thrones (that’s Sunday April 24 in case you missed it). Today, the talk is about the more distant future, life for Thrones beyond season six, and the talk is fairly certain that there’s still a lot of life left in this show. And why wouldn’t there be? It’s one of the most popular shows on television, it’s got a huge fan base, the adulation of TV critics, lots of awards consideration, and on top of it all, its the most pirated show on the internet. For all those reasons, and more, HBO isn’t ready to give up Game of Thrones yet. (more…)

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I was really hoping that someone had photo-shopped an Iron Throne made out of Emmys instead of swords because it would be very apropos to Game of Thrones virtual sweep last night at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. The HBO series grabbed 12 Emmy Awards last night, breaking West Wing‘s (1st Season) 9 Emmy award wins in 2000 for a single season. Game of Thrones had earlier won 8 Emmy awards at the Creative Arts Emmys which celebrates technical and other similar achievements in American television programming. Which four did the series win last night to push them over the top? (more…)

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It’s been a running joke that George R.R. Martin needs to write faster. When the HBO Game Of Thrones series was first announced, after all the fanfare and rejoicing died down more than a few people wondered what would happen if the television series caught up to the books. It was a valid concern considering the time frames between books. Well, now we know. (more…)

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The flashback is a well-worn device in modern TV storytelling. Some series do it well, like most of the first season of Lost, and some series do it poorly, like practically every flashback on Arrow. That may be my opinion, but I think a lot of the appeal of Game of Thrones is that it keeps the storytelling in the here and now. (Of course, here and now is relative when it comes to the fictional world of Westeros.) But according to the two guys that guide the show, that’s all about to change in the next season of the show. Put on your tie-dye and sweatbands because we’re about to go back in time. Although that’s probably not the dress code of the Westeros of the past. (more…)

‘Game of Thrones?’ Give It 7, Maybe 8 Seasons

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On the eve of launching the highly anticipated fourth season of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been talking about the end. The series is a mad success for the network, and everyone even remotely associated with it, but the series, and its source material, A Song of Ice and Fire series by author George R.R. Martin, are building towards an end. When will that end be? In a new interview, Benioff and Weiss reveal that they have a semi-specific idea. (more…)

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With filming begins for Season 4 of Game of Thrones very soon, the casting announcements just keep rolling out. Especially for all these new Dornish characters we’ll be meeting. Book readers, you know what I’m talking about, and now it’s time for TV viewers to experience the mixture of excitement and frustration we felt over so many new faces.

Mark Gatiss has been cast in an as-of-yet unknown role (though, I’m thinking it’s Doran Martel), Pedro Pascal has already been cast as The Red Viper, and today we learn Indira Varman (Luther, Rome, Torchwood) has scored the role of the Viper’s “sexually adventurous paramour,” Ellaria Sand. Oooh. Kinky. (Note: Sand, like Snow or Rivers, is the bastards surname of Dorne.)

Not only is Ellaria a fascinating character, but she along with the “Sand Snakes” – the Viper’s many bastard daughters who are totally kick-ass and awesome! – will introduce viewers to the feisty women of Dorne. See, down south in Dorne, women are recognized as (almost) equals, unlike the rest of Westoros where the women are constantly fighting injustice. Not that Game of Thrones is lacking in strong, independent women, but let’s just say Arya, Yara, and Brienne would be far more welcomed and respected were they Dornish.

Entertainment Weekly, which broke the casting news, also spoke with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and they seem confidant Season 4 will surpass Season 3 in its epic-ness,

We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it.

Me too! It just stinks we’ve got to wait another eight to nine months before we can see it. Season 4’s cast is really shaping up nicely, and while I’m sad for those we’ve lost, I couldn’t be more pumped for some of these new characters coming our way, are you?

Source: The Mary Sue