A Game of Thrones HBO Pilot: News in Updates

04 Mar

Lovers of Westeros, the pilot of A Game of Thrones, the first book in one of the most epic Epic Fantasy series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, may begin shooting in October of this year! 🙂

That’s right! I first saw the news here on Pat’s blog, and then followed the link through to Winter is Coming, where there are some more details. Whether or not the pilot episode actually does begin shooting in October (c’mon, of course it will, October’s my birthday month!), it’s still great seeing Epic Fantasy getting more and more exposure on TV – and with HBO, it practically can’t go wrong!

Let’s hope this lights the way for even more projects – which brings me to my question for you: We’ve had The Sword of Truth (still Epic Fantasy in my opinion), there’s a very good chance we’ll be getting A Song of Ice and Fire, and even The Wheel of Time is on its way… What other EF (Epic Fantasy) series’ do you think should make it to the screen? What about JV Jones’ The Sword of Shadows, or David Farland’s The Runelords?

Who knows, maybe the explosion is coming, and HBO will have to start up a sister-channel – HBOF – for fantasy! 🙂


Tyrion has been cast, the pilot will be filmed in Ireland (very suitable, in my opinion!) and it has a director! 🙂

Check out The Wertzone for more info! 🙂


Since this is the page that everyone searching for info about the impending HBO pilot of A Game of Thrones, I thought I’d update this page with info, instead of doing a new post all the time. 🙂

And there have been plenty of updates!!

Old news already is that Eddard Stark (*wipes a tear away in memory*) has been cast – Sean Bean! I think it’ll turn out damn well. 🙂

Next up, Catelyn Stark has been cast – Jennifer Ehle! Not exactly the image of Cat that I had in my mind, but if GRRM is happy, then so am I. 🙂

Next up, and confirmed by George himself, Jaime and Theon have been cast! But HBO (and George himself) are keeping mum on exactly who’s playing the parts. He did also say that 3 female roles have been cast – check out the link above for clues!

Also, one other part has been cast, but George didn’t even give us a hint – my feeling is that it’s probably a big, important part! 🙂

And last (for now) but not least, check out these posts on waiting, no news, and Ser Seven. 🙂

Until the next update,


***UPDATE! – Sep 12 2009

Starting here, leading here, and reported (with pics of the actors chosen) here are the new additions to the cast of the HBO Pilot of A Game of Thrones. 🙂

Those who have been cast: Jaime Lannister, Theon Greyjoy, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Ser Jorah Mormont and Daenerys Targaryen! 🙂

And here’s an absolute stroke of brilliance, casting-wise: Cersei Lannister! I can’t wait to see the twisted side of Lena Headey! 🙂

Stay tuned for the next update! 🙂

***UPDATE: 18/10/2009

Adam Whitehead over at The Wertzone reports that casting for A Game of Thrones is now complete, though some of the appointments still have to be confirmed. Big the big characters cast?

Drogo, Bran, Magister Ilyrio, Benjen Stark, and many more! 🙂

Check out Adam’s excellent post here.


UPDATE*** 25 October 2009

Filming has begun! 🙂 And I’ll be damned if the castle doesn’t look amazing! Winterfell on Earth! 🙂 For the full report, click here for Adam’s post (at The Wertzone), which will lead you to the detailed info on Winter is Coming. 🙂

UPDATE*** 22 November 2009

Filming has wrapped!

That’s right, filming on the pilot episode has wrapped! Now for editing, special effects and so forth! 🙂 DAMN EXCITED!!! Check out this post on Aidan’s A Dribble of Ink for more info. 🙂

**UPDATE: 23 February 2010

Some more updates – George is waiting along with us to hear HBO’s decision on whether the Pilot of A Game of Thrones is being picked up (info at Winter is Coming), and either the screening of the pilot didn’t get a good reaction, or it did (also from Winter is Coming). More news as it is released.

(HBO better bloody-well pick up the Pilot!)

**UPDATE: 28 Feb 2010

Apparently HBO has greenlighted A Game of Thrones, but there has been no official confirmation from HBO yet. Check out this post on Winter is Coming, and if you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow HBO and Winter is Coming – it looks like confirmation might be hitting the internet very soon! 🙂

**UPDATE: 3 March 2010:

It’s official: HBO has picked up A Game of Thrones for one season!! 🙂 The news broke yesterday and has swept through the internet like a firestorm! Check out Winter is Coming for the news, and I really couldn’t help it, I just had to post this image – it’s a promotional image that all of you will recognize! 🙂

The news also went out on A Dribble of Ink, BSC Review, Suvudu, Walker of Worlds and The Wertzone. 🙂

Awesome, awesome news!! 🙂 And I said this on Twitter but I’ll say it here too: LONG LIVE NED STARK! 🙂

**UPDATE: 04/03/2010

Check out this post at The Wertzone – it gives us an excellent breakdown on what we can expect to see happen in the next couple of months. 🙂 There aren’t any juicy details, but it makes for interesting reading nonetheless. 🙂 As always, I’ll bring you more updates as they arrive!

**UPDATE 19 March 2010

The actress who had been given the role of Catelyn in A Game of Thrones has been replaced; check out the news on The Hollywood Reporter.


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10 responses to “A Game of Thrones HBO Pilot: News in Updates

  1. Akira

    September 4, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I have to say that I am VERY excited about the HBO pilot. I can’t wait to see it!

    On a side note, I think the Runelords would be absolutely epic on the screen. I am with you on that one =D

  2. Paul

    November 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I would love to see Stephen Erikson’s Malazan Books of the Fallen, but it would be truly Epic. None of the others comes close in scope.

    • Dave-Brendon de Burgh

      November 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm

      I totally agree – seeing the Bridgeburners and T’lan Imass and Soletaken would be incredible – I have no fear in stating that, done well and with love and passion, it would make The Lord of The Rings Trilogy look like a positively dumb. 🙂

    • ebelck

      April 26, 2010 at 1:04 am

      I’ve heard a rumour that someone is working on a screen adaptation of THe chain of Dogs from Deadhouse Gates.

      • Dave-Brendon de Burgh

        April 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm

        It’s true, but old, old news. 😦 I first heard about it around three years ago – I was reading threads on the MalazanEmpire forums where they were discussing it, but nothing’s come of it yet. 😦 I’m hoping, though, that after A Game of Thrones, someone will see the promise of Erikson’s work. 🙂

  3. generalul

    December 20, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Any update on the pilot?

  4. Dave-Brendon de Burgh

    December 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    All I know is that filming on the pilot has been wrapped, so they’re probably adding post-production stuff, effects, scoring the music, etc. 🙂

  5. Doug

    February 2, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Just started the first Malazan book. Holy crap! Its a hard read. A lot more magic than ASOIF.

    • Dave-Brendon de Burgh

      February 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

      Yep, and wait until you get deeper into the story – SE doesn’t stuff around, and the magic gets more massive, cooler and epic as the books progress. 🙂 Stick with it, it might surprise you!


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