“GAME OF THRONES” Premiers in Asia August 28
GAME OF THRONES is coming to HBO Asia starting August 28 and you should not dare miss it. I highly recommend this series not just because of the actors but also because of the work that the entire team had put on in making this 10-part series a success. The acting, editing, and special effects were superb–combined with the elements of war, power, and lust.
GAME OF THRONES has all the elements that can hook viewers and make them beg for the release of a second season as soon as possible. If you haven’t seen it yet, then the wait is almost over. And if you’re a fan of the book, you’ll never be disappointed… it will be well worth it.
Have you seen the YouTube video of how the special effects were created? If you haven’t, then I suggest that you take a look at the embedded clips below.
Read the PRESS RELEASE and see the SCHEDULE below:
The much anticipated GAME OF THRONES, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, premieres on Sunday, August 28 2011 at 10pm on HBO / HBO HD. Starring Sean Bean, Lena Heady, Peter Dinklage (who has just received an Emmy® nomination for his role in the series) and newcomer Emilia Clarke, the ten-episode HBO Original Series will be aired over five Sundays on HBO / HBO HD, with two new episodes back-to-back weekly at 10pm. In the US, the series scored more than 3 million viewers in its season finale and has already been renewed for another season.
In a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the scheming south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an ancient Wall protects the realm from the darkness beyond. As two powerful families engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men alike… all will play the Game of Thrones.
As the series opens, King Robert Baratheon, who is married to Cersei Lannister of the wealthy and corrupt Lannisters, asks Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark to come south and help run his kingdom after the questionable death of his right-hand man. Meanwhile, there is a threat to the throne from the east by the exiled teenage Princess Daenerys Targaryen and her brother Viserys, whose family ruled the Kingdoms for many years before their bloody ouster. And there are rumors of strange things happening at the edge of the Kingdoms, north of the Wall, where Jon Snow, Ned’s illegitimate son, goes to be part of the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, which is sworn to protect the Kingdoms.
Shot at the Paint Hall Studio in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as at various locations in Northern Ireland and Malta, series regulars on GAME OF THRONES include (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Sean Bean as Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish (“Littlefinger”), Jack Gleeson as Prince Joffrey Baratheon, Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister, Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark, Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen, Richard Madden as Robb Stark, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
Also featured in the ensemble cast are John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, James Cosmo as Lord Commander Mormont, Charles Dance as Lord Tywin Lannister, Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Conleth Hill as Varys, Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo and Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin.
Author and co-executive producer George R. R. Martin on GAME OF THRONES:
“GAME OF THRONES is an epic fantasy, with a conflict for power at its core… But it’s more than just politics; there are questions of loyalty, lust, sexual obsession, desire, defiance, history. In this world, when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. Honor and mercy have no place in the game of thrones”.
Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on bringing George R.R. Martin’s books to the screen:
In winter 2006, David Benioff began reading the book series A Song of Ice and Fire. He recalls, “I got completely hooked and a few hundred pages later, I called Dan [D.B. Weiss], who has been my friend for about 15 years and said, ‘Tell me if I’m completely crazy but I’m in the middle of this book called A Game of Thrones and I think it’s the best thing I’ve read in as long as I can remember’.”
Weiss adds that he also began reading the series and “two and a half days later, I was done with a 900-page book, which is probably the first time I had done that since I was 12.”
Both are writers themselves, which allowed a special appreciation for the scale of Martin’s achievement. Benioff’s credits include the films The Kite Runner, Troy and Brothers and the novel City of Thieves, a New York Times bestseller that has been translated into 35 languages, as well as the novel The 25th Hour, which he adapted for the Spike Lee feature film of the same name. Weiss has written screen adaptations of the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, the videogame Halo and Neil Strauss’ memoir The Game, and wrote the novel Lucky Wander Boy.
Weiss explains, “Game of Thrones is set in a fantasy kingdom called Westeros, a place that is like our world in many ways and unlike our world in many other ways. It’s about the struggle for the Iron Throne, which is the seat of power in this kingdom.”
Benioff says, “Fantasy is one of the most successful genres in the history of storytelling, but no one’s ever done it the HBO way, where the focus is on character and psychology rather than spectacle. Knowing the essential shape of the entire series from the beginning is an incredible luxury for us, as adapters of the material.”
Benioff describes the biggest lure of the book series as “a story that’s so rich and has so many characters, different viewpoints and narratives all woven together with incredible expertise. I think you admire it even more as a writer because you know how hard it is to do, and George R.R. Martin is a master at storytelling. It was such an intricate tapestry that we couldn’t imagine mutilating it to make it into a feature script, which would involve cutting 90% of his characters and stories. The only way that we could see doing it was as a series, and really, the only place we could see doing it properly was HBO.”
GAME OF THRONES is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Co-executive producers include Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin. Directors include Brian Kirk, Tom McCarthy, Daniel Minahan, Alan Taylor and Tim Van Patten; writers include David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson and George R.R. Martin. Producers are Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors of photography, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov and Matt Jensen; production designer, Gemma Jackson; and costume designer, Michele Clapton.
VIDEO: Inside Game Of Thrones
SPOILER ALERET! Visual Effects created by BlueBolt for the first season of Game of Thrones (HBO)
GAME OF THRONES Schedule
Encore plays Wednesdays at 10pm on HBO / HBO HD and Mondays at 11pm and Saturdays at 10pm on HBO Signature. For more playtimes, log on to www.hboasia.com.