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Game of Thrones: "No end in sight"

Michael DeLaney


Game of Thrones third season wrapped in June, but you’re still missing it, aren’t you? There’s been a lack of nudity, beheadings and betrayal in your life, hasn’t there? And perish the thought that you actually read the Game of Thrones books.

Game of Thrones’ TV turn has no end in sight it would seem. HBO programming chief Michael Lambardo recently told TV critics that Game of Thrones will go on as long as there are stories to tell.

This should come as no surprise; HBO isn’t going to let a cash cow like Game of Thrones go so easily. The season three finale had 5.4 million viewers, just shy of its 5.5 million all-time high. The third season overall averaged around 13.6 million viewers, making it HBO’s second most-watched series next to The Sopranos.

With that in mind, HBO is rumored to be cracking the whip with writer and series creator George R.R. Martin. At the rate that the TV series is going, Game of Thrones runs the risk of surpassing the stories in the book. Lambardo tells the press that HBO’s frequent message to Martin is “Get busy writing.”

Production on Season 4 of Game of Thrones has just begun in Iceland, where most of the scenes featuring “The Wall” are filmed.

Producers of the show announced a handful of new cast members last week, including Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Mace Tyrell, Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand and Joseph Gatt in a role that hasn’t been made completely clear at this time.

The series has been ranking as well with the critics as it is with the fans. Over the weekend Game of Thrones was awarded “Best Drama” by the Television Critics Association at their annual awards show.   

Game of Thrones has also gotten some Emmy recognition with 13 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Peter Dinkleage’s Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination.  

That’s your Game of Thrones fix for the day.

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