Much rumored about and speculated on, HBO has now made it official. Game of Thrones will be returning for a second season! Full press release after the break.
UPDATE: James Hibberd from Entertainment Weekly was able to briefly chat with HBO presidents Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo about season two of Thrones.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you decide to renew Thrones?
Lombardo: It’s a great show that only gets better with every episode and ends where you’re left wanting more. On a creative level, it was screaming for another season. We had absolutely expectation that this would be a slow build. It’s challenging for people who’ve decided it’s not a genre for them. The word of mouth has been great and we don’t even have OnDemand numbers yet. We thought it was a great starting place.
Plepler: It’s a quintessential HBO show — it has a passionate connection with a big part of our audience. Whether the final number is 7 or 8 million viewers it doesn’t take anything away from the addictive quality of the show for a large chunk of our audience.
How many episodes is the second season?
Lombardo: It’s such a challenging show to produce. They don’t have a writing staff — its just the two of them (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss). The idea is to do 10 of them again, and that’s what they want to do, to maintain the quality of their work.
When will season two premiere?
Lombardo: We don’t want people to wait more than a year. This is a production challenge. You have to start every season anew [with new locations].
Plepler: Same time, next year.
When will production start?
Lombardo: The producers are scouting locations for second season now. That’s all to be discussed.
They also talk a bit about the plans for the season one DVD release, their reaction to the early ratings and where they expect the numbers to go from here.
HBO RENEWS GAME OF THRONES FOR SECOND SEASON
LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2011 – Following strong critical and viewer response to the series’ April 17 debut, HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” said Lombardo. “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.
Among the early critical raves, TV Guide has called the show “a crowning triumph” and “brilliant,” while the Los Angeles Times termed GAME OF THRONES “a great and thundering series,” as well as “wild and bewitching.” The Hollywood Reporter praised the “excellent storytelling, superb acting and stunning visual effects,” and the New York Post observed that the “art directing, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series.”
The gross audience for the premiere night of GAME OF THRONES on the main HBO channel was 4.2 million viewers.
The season one cast includes (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.
Season one credits: GAME OF THRONES is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors of photography, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov and Matt Jensen; production designer, Gemma Jackson; costume designer, Michele Clapton.
Winter Is Coming: Never a doubt!