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Old 15-07-2011, 15:15   #941
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There is (sort of), and it is nominated:
Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series - 2011

If there is any justice they will win this one.
Agreed, but it might be a hard sell to the american voters given most of the cast is built up of relatively unknown (in the US) British actors.

The only other show I would consider a rival to Game of Thrones in the casting department would be Justified, but the numpties didn't even nominate it!

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Old 15-07-2011, 15:27   #942
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Watched the series over 3 nights this week, absolutely loved it. Never read the books (despite having GoT for years) but didn't find it hard to follow at all.

Started reading GoT today and have rest the awaiting on Kindle.
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Old 17-07-2011, 14:31   #943
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Just finnished watching this..brilliant! My only complaint is that it finished with so much stuff kicking off, I suppose I have to wait a year before I can continue to watch it. I may have to start reading the books!

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Old 17-07-2011, 18:04   #944
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My review of Season One is online here:

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Old 25-07-2011, 08:17   #945
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I watched episodes 1 & 2 of this series over the weekend, and thought it was excellent.

I'm still struggling a bit with the names (can't always tell who they're referring to), and the first half an hour of episode 1 dragged to the point where I almost switched off - but i'm really glad i stuck with it.
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Old 29-07-2011, 08:21   #946
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For those worried that the show will be cancelled before it reaches the end, HBO's programming president himself just made this statement:

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"I hope it lasts for 20 years," says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo of the show. "I promise you we won't stop it before it's ready to stop ... There's a great relationship fans have with the show and we appreciate that."

And if you're worried about certain storylines getting the short end of the stick, you shouldn't. Even though George R.R. Martin continues to actively write entries in the book series, HBO plans to go tit for tat with the author. "We told [author George R.R. Martin] we'd go as long as he keeps writing," said HBO co-president Richard Plepler.
Good to know! Realistic?

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Old 29-07-2011, 10:27   #947
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It's only realistic if enough people keep watching it. If it is getting too few viewers then HBO would drop it in an instant. It must cost a fair whack to produce.
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Weren't HBO equally confident once over about Carnivale, until the viewing figures declined and they **** canned it?
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Old 29-07-2011, 14:16   #949
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Weren't HBO equally confident once over about Carnivale, until the viewing figures declined and they **** canned it?
Carnivale didn't have a fanbase to work off, though. On the strength of films alone Harry Potter would have finished with the first or maybe the second one. While these don't have that sort of fan base they have a fan base that is separated from whether the series works or not.

Also Carnivale did dip in the middle. It suffered from a lack of momentum that is common with TV shows like that. By contrast it's not like A Clash of Kings is the 'weak' novel and if given the on going story will put this like The Wire we shouldn't see a dip any more than there was with that show.
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Old 29-07-2011, 14:50   #950
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I think the bottom line with a show like this is production cost and the patience of the average viewer as HBO are going to have to throw more money at this show with each passing season.

As Theo says, Clash of Kings is if anything as good or better than Game of Thrones, and it's certainly more "action-packed" (if you could ever say that about this series), but I don't see how they can pull any clever tricks in s2 to avoid showing battle sequences like they did in s1. Book 2 could very well be the acid test for the whole series because IF (and it's a big if) they intend to split the longer books (3 & 5 are over 1000pgs each) across two seasons of the show, that will mean A Clash of Kings will have the most content to cover in a single season and more battles to get through than any other season (not speaking for books 6 & 7 of course!).

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I think I read somewhere they were talking about 10 series?
Surely they'll have to merge books 4 and 5 since they happen at the same time - maybe they could then spread them over 3 series?
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They've made it quite clear now (at the same press conference as above) that no season of Game of Thrones will run more than 10 episodes. It's not only a budget reason, but also a matter of time restraints.

However, they also made it clear that there are no restraints on which part of the story those 10 episodes must cover. They do not need to fit 1 book into 1 season.
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I watched episodes 1 & 2 of this series over the weekend, and thought it was excellent.

I'm still struggling a bit with the names (can't always tell who they're referring to), and the first half an hour of episode 1 dragged to the point where I almost switched off - but i'm really glad i stuck with it.
I nearly gave up after ep.1 but I'm glad I stuck with it as it got better with every episode. A nice change from all those series that start off with a bang & quickly tail off. The only problem is a bloody long wait 'till the next series!
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Well, before this weekend I had only seen the first 3 episodes. But I found it so gripping that I watched the remaining 7 over the course of yesterday and today!

Loving it, I was completely thrown by the ending of the penultimate episode, jawdropping.

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just done pretty much the same... loved it! especially Dinklage, best thing in it imo!
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I'm about 1/4 of the way through the first book, and I've got the entire first series sat there waiting to be watched. Should I wait until I've read the book(s)?
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Now that you've started the book, I'd say yes. Don't race ahead with the show and let it ruin the surprises for you.
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