GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Directors Announced; Neil Marshall and Alex Graves Not Among Them

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Writing this article sort of bums me out because I’m reminded that there are another nine months or so before Game of Thrones Season 5 premieres.  That being said, the gears on this show run year-round and the directing staff seems to have been firmed up.  And it appears that, in addition to a certain character many people were expecting to see at the end of Season 4, a few of the directors of your favorite episodes won’t be coming back for Season 5.

For instance, Neil Marshall (who handles a lot of the big battle episodes) is skipping this season.  So is Alex Graves. Even showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are staying behind their laptops (and away from the cameras) next year.  Hit the jump for more on the Game of Thrones Season 5 directors list.

GAME OF THRONES Showrunners D.B Weiss and David Benioff Talk about Tonight’s Season Finale and Plans for Season 5

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I’m eager to see tomorrow’s ratings for tonight’s terrific Game of Thrones season finale.  Game of Thrones is the highest-rated show in HBO’s history, and season four did not disappoint.  It came with the various twists, turns, and major deaths we’ve come to expect, and, as always, I was surprised by who lived and who died.  Following tonight’s episode, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff talked about this season, the season finale, and what lies ahead for season five.

Hit the jump for more on Game of Thrones season 5, and click here to read Allison’s recap for the season finale.  [SPOILERS AHEAD for those who haven't seen the finale plus some minor spoilers from the books]

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Write and Direct DIRTY WHITE BOYS as First Feature Film

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You probably know them best as HBO’s Game of Thrones showrunners, but now Fox has made a deal with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to write and direct Dirty White Boys as their first feature film.  The movie would be adapted from Stephen Hunter’s 1995 crime thriller novel of the same name, which follows three violent convicts who escape prison and the lone lawman who attempts to track them down.  Since the duo has been rather preoccupied with Game of Thrones - which just kicked off its fourth season this past SundayDirty White Boys is the first project they’ve signed on for together since starting to adapt the George R. R. Martin books.  Hit the jump for more.

GAME OF THRONES Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff Officially Sign on for Two More Seasons

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In what will likely be the most obvious piece of news you read today, Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff aren’t going anywhere for the next two seasons.  The show has been their baby, they spent years trying to get it on the air, and they know the overall arc of the story even though author George R.R. Martin hasn’t finished the last two books.  They even recently said that the show will end after seven or eight seasons (and maybe with a movie).  It’s odd that EW would even bother exclaiming this story as an “exclusive”.  If I tell you the sun is going to come up tomorrow, it’s a bit silly to claim that as exclusive information.  EW does note that a fifth season hasn’t officially been ordered, so I eagerly await that “exclusive” about something that’s in no way surprising.

The show stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Aiden Turner, Iain Glen, Rose Leslie, Carice Van Houten, Alfie Allen, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, and Isaac Hempstead Wright.  New cast this season include Pedro Pascal, Michiel Huisman, and Indira Varma.  Game of Thrones returns on April 6th at 9pm on HBO.

George R.R. Martin Says a GAME OF THRONES Movie Is Being Discussed; Outlines Plan for the Show Not to Catch Up to His Books

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Game of Thrones is a juggernaut of a TV series.  Not only is it incredibly popular on HBO, but home video sales are a massive money-maker for the network and the fandom surrounding the series has reached massive proportions.  The series is, of course, based on author George R.R. Martin’s sprawling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, and while the production value of the HBO adaptation is impressive, fans have often wondered what Game of Thrones would look like on the big screen.

According to Martin, the prospect of a Game of Thrones movie is actually in active discussion, though it appears to be very, very early in the process so nothing’s quite firmed up.  Read his full comments after the jump, which include his plan for how the TV show (hopefully) won’t catch up to his book series.

Watch: Humorous Video Reveals the History and Production Secrets Behind HBO’s GAME OF THRONES

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While many lament that 10 episodes for each season of HBO’s incredibly popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones just isn’t enough, the amount of work that goes into producing those episodes is absolutely massive; it’s exhausting just to read about, let alone actually do.  In anticipation of the fourth season premiering in just a few short weeks, HBO has released a really funny 5-minute behind-the-scenes video that runs down the history of the series and how it’s made.  Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss the difficulty of getting the pilot made, its less-than-enthusiastic response from HBO executives, their initial meeting with author George R.R. Martin, their writing process for the show, and much more.  It’s a really fun watch, but those who aren’t caught up should beware: it does get into spoiler territory from the previous three seasons.

Hit the jump to watch Game of Thrones: Long Story Short.  The fourth season premieres on HBO Sunday, April 6th.

GAME OF THRONES Showrunners Say Show Will End after Seven or Eight Seasons

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There’s still no word on when A Song of Fire and Ice author George R.R. Martin will release the final two novels in the series, but the HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones, has decided to set their plans regardless.  In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say they would like to wrap the TV series up after seven or eight seasons.  “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” Weiss says. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”

Hit the jump for more on how Benioff, Weiss, and Martin are planning ahead.  Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6th at 9pm.

Comic-Con: GAME OF THRONES Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Remember the Fallen, Talk Season 4 and Participate in a Fan Q&A Along with a Surprise Guest

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Game of Thrones was an odd presence at Comic-Con’s Hall H last year. On the one hand, it was an obvious inclusion. It’s hugely popular among geeks, and it can fill the room easily. But on the other hand, they had nothing to show because filming on the upcoming hadn’t begun. That also means that showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff weren’t on hand to answer questions. Instead, the panel rests entirely on the actors and their interactions with fans. I assumed we’d be getting the same thing at this year’s Comic-Con panel, but with more actors and a different moderator (Elvis Mitchell instead of author George R.R. Martin). Instead, Weiss and Benioff were on hand, they had some fun stuff to show, and aside from Mitchell’s weak, scattershot questions for the panel, it was a big improvement.

Hit the jump for a recap of the panel. Game of Thrones returns spring 2014.

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Last Sunday’s GAME OF THRONES Episode “The Rains of Castamere” in Two New Featurettes

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HBO has released a couple of featurettes that center around the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (read Allison’s recap here).  While the network regularly posts such featurettes after the most recent episodes of some of their shows, these two are of particular interest given the surprising turn of events that occurred in “The Rains of Castamere.”  We see series creators/showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff discuss the episode and how the corresponding chapter in the book was one of the main reasons they wanted to turn Game of Thrones into a TV series in the first place, and we also see them talk about the emotional impact of actually filming the episode.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, but beware of major spoilers for “The Rains of Castamere,” obviously.  The season finale of Game of Thrones airs on HBO this coming Sunday, June 9th.

THE COLLISION: Episode 43 – Television, Race, Diversity, and Auteur Showrunners

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This week on The Collision, we are joined by Allison Keene and Charles Judson.  Our conversation is sparked by a Mad Men spec script from actress Erika Anderson, which brings African-American characters into Matthew Weiner‘s critically acclaimed show.  From there, our conversation expands to explore diversity in popular TV series, if showrunners should feel obligated to diversify their casts, the difficulty in writing minority characters, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Violence and Evil Dead), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Obviously: HBO Renews GAME OF THRONES for Season Four

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As if you didn’t see this one coming: HBO has renewed the immensely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones for a fourth season.  The pickup comes just a couple of days after the show’s season three premiere, which pulled in a record-breaking 4.4 million viewers.  The renewal was essentially a foregone conclusion, as Game of Thrones has been a massively profitable series for HBO.  Not only does the show pull in great ratings, but its DVDs and Blu-rays—an incredibly lucrative market for the pay cable network—are record sellers.  Hit the jump for more.

Producers David Benioff, Dan Weiss & George R.R. Martin Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 3 and 4, Martin’s Cameo, the End of the Series, and More

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With Game of Thrones returning for Season 3 on March 31st, the Academy of Television hosted an evening to celebrate the cast and creative team, and the huge success of the popular HBO drama series, while giving a glimpse into what fans can expect as the story continues.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the behind-the-scenes talent had to say during the Q&A.

During the discussion, executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, along with author George R.R. Martin, talked about how this book series came to be a TV show at HBO, having to re-shoot 90% of the pilot, making sure that Martin gets his cameo this season, the biggest difficulties in shooting with different first units on different episodes in different countries on a daily basis, who the funniest actors on set are, whether the dire wolves are real or CG, the most technically difficult episode to shoot, whether getting to know the actors makes them feel guilty about killing characters off, the process for changing what is in the books, how there will be a few different people sitting on the Iron Throne before the series is done, and why Season 3 is the one they were most excited about doing.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New GAME OF THRONES Video Blog Focuses on Filming in Iceland to Capture the World “Beyond the Wall”

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The highly anticipated third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is nigh, and the network has released a tantalizing video blog to whet fans’ appetites.  This particular featurette focuses on the production’s work in Iceland, where the harsh climate doubles as the environment “beyond the wall.”  Executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff talk about what the bitter cold and snow bring to the series (beardcicles!), while actors Ciaran Hinds and Kit Harington speak to the beauty of the country.

Hit the jump to watch the video blog, and click here to check out 23 images from the new season.  Game of Thrones season three premieres on HBO on March 31st.

New GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Featurette Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Highlights Old and New Characters from George R.R. Martin’s Novels

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Although HBO’s third season of Game of Thrones won’t kick-off until March 31st, their regular video blogs have given fans some insight into the daily workings of the production. A new behind-the-scenes featurette is no different as it shows off a good deal of footage of both fan-favorite characters we’ve come to know and love so far, plus new additions to the cast.  The cast and crew also provide commentary on the production of the season and what they’re excited for viewers to see.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before we finally get a real trailer.  Hit the jump to watch the new featurette for season three of Game of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows Concept Art from New Collectible Book

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While we anxiously await the return of the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly involved production process that’s necessary for bringing the George R.R. Martin bestselling series adaptation to life.  HBO has a new companion book available that features concept art and final production photos from the series so far.  To publicize this book, they’ve put together a concise video for it.  Be sure to get caught up on the new locations and cast members for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, then hit the jump to check out the behind-the-scenes video.

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