‘Game of Thrones’ on HBO: Keep writing, George R.R. Martin

HBO is committed to "Game of Thrones" — for now.

“Game of Thrones,” the hit HBO adaptation of author George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novel series, was a hot topic of conversation when network executives met with journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday. What fans of the show need to know:

Martin is onboard, all the way
“George is so excited about the way that we have handled it, and the way that the creators have handled it, that they’re really inextricably linked to each other,” said HBO exec Richard Plepler. “So the truth is, when you see how thrilled he is with the production — he came to our offices last week, and he was floating, both from the reviews of his last book and from the reception of ‘Game of Thrones.’ He is very much a part of the narrative arc that [creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss] and the team are building. He is linked to everything that they’re doing. It’s not like he disappeared. So they rely on him, they talk to him, he talks to them. He’s
thrilled with what they have produced.”

Fans have totally caught HBO off-guard with their devotion
“There’s a great relationship this show has with its fan base, and the books have with its fan base, that we take very seriously,” HBO exec Michael Lombardo said. “I mean, people have been watching casting on this show in a way that we’ve never experienced before. They — when we brought this show up, there was a challenge not only how the general public was going to respond to it, but there was such a high bar set by the fans of the books to execute the show in a way that they felt was respectful of the books. So that’s a relationship that we’re really obviously very aware of and respectful of.”

Ten episodes per season is all we’re going to get
“I’ll tell you, the challenge on a show like that, and the challenge for a lot of our shows, if we could do 12 episodes of ‘Game of Thrones,’ we would,” Lombardo said. “They are already in production on the second season. They had to start writing early to actually produce those shows at the level of execution they need, and deliver in time so we’re not asking a consumer to wait more than a year [to air a season], which we’ve decided is a mistake. There is no way [the creative team] could physically do more than 10 without us making a decision to dilute the quality of the execution, to have them be less hands-on, which is not, again, what we’re about. So I fully appreciate it. I think the only good news is, I hope it lasts for 20 years. You know, I can promise you we won’t stop it before it’s ready to stop.”

As long as Martin is writing, the show will go on…
“We told George we would [produce ‘Game of Thrones’] as long as he kept writing,” Plepler told journalists.

“What is exciting is there is so much storytelling,” Lombardo added. “What was so amazing about the Emmy nominations [for the show] was that they were nominated for writing. And I think that Dan and David are able to distill quantities of storytelling into the essence — and I trust that they’ll do that going forward. And the good news is, as long as they want to keep doing it, and as long as they’re achieving what they did this season in terms of being happy with the result, there’s a lot of storytelling to tell. So I think it’s actually invigorating rather than daunting.”

…well, sort of
Critics translated Lombardo’s sentiment to mean HBO will commit to “Game of Thrones” as long as it is successful — both creatively and in terms of ratings/profits.

Lombardo later clarified the network’s stance on the number of seasons HBO will produce: “I don’t know where the show for us ends as opposed to the books. It maybe would be fantastic to be able to say, ‘This show will go on for 10 years and do every aspect of the books. I don’t know that that will be the case.’

“I think the show has not only performed well, they seem engaged,” Lombardo continued. “I think the challenge for us is always how long do the creators want to stay on a show. Dan and David, I can’t imagine — we have not really been a network that’s embraced the idea of changing creative vision. We’re doing this without any predetermined idea of the number of seasons that we can do this. And Dan and David have signed on for a couple years. And we’re going to have that conversation with them every couple years.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Astoria minivan crash kills 1, injures 6: NYPD

Anthony Boyd, 45, died soon after what investigators believe was some sort of medical emergency as he drove his family through Astoria on Sunday afternoon.

Local

NYC pension funds valued at $160b: Scott Stringer

The five NYC pension funds that thousands of city employees contribute to saw its fifth year in a row of increased returns, up $23 billion from last year.

International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Tech

Amazon offers 3D printing to customize earrings, bobble…

By Deepa SeetharamanSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and…

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…