Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series produced by the HBO cable network. It is based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin. Who serves as a producer, creative consultant and scriptwriter on the television series. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss created the television series and serve as executive producers, showrunners and the main writers.
The series consists of eight fully transmitted seasons, comprising seventy-three episodes in total.
Production of the series is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, mainly at the Paint Hall Studios. It is the largest and most expensive television production ever mounted in Northern Ireland. Filming for the series has also been conducted in Malta, Iceland, Croatia, Morocco, Spain, and the USA.
Game of Thrones Production history
David Benioff was sent a collection of the first four novels in the series-
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords and
A Feast for Crow
By George R.R. Martin’s agent. Initially sceptical of the fantasy genre, Benioff became a big fan of the books. And invited his friend D.B. Weiss to develop the project with him for a screen adaptation.They initially considered a movie adaption, but realized this would mean losing most of the plot. And characters from the books. Instead- they began working on an adaptation for television. They met with George R.R. Martin and spent several hours discussing the project. Martin was impressed with their enthusiasm and that they had already worked out the resolutions to several key mysteries in the books. He agreed with them that the series was a good fit for the cable company HBO. Which Martin was already a big fan of. Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series produced by the HBO
HBO agreed to option the project in 2007 and active development of a pilot script began. This was delayed by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. In October 2008 HBO exercised its option to buy the rights to the series and ordered a pilot episode a few weeks later. Casting announcements were made throughout 2009. With Peter Dinklage the first actor formally announced for the series. The pilot episode was filmed in Northern Ireland and Morocco in October and November 2009.
HBO officially greenlit the series on 2nd March 2010. Filming of Season one began on 23th July. With Malta replacing Morocco for overseas filming. Several actors from the pilot were recast- requiring the re-filming of most of the first episode. The season wrapped filming on 15 December. HBO later confirmed that the first season had a budget of $60 million. The first season aired on HBO on 17 April-19 June 2011. Garnering critical acclaim and steadily rising ratings. HBO confirmed after the transmission of the first episode that a second season had been commissioned.
Production of Season 2 began on 25th July 2011 and wrapped on 12th December. Malta was dropped as a filming location, replaced by Croatia, while additional filming took place in Iceland. The budget for Season 2 was 15 percentage higher than Season one. Necessitated by the addition more ambitious effects sequences and the use of CGI creatures such as direwolves and dragons. The second season aired from 1st April to 3rd June 2012, garnering additional critical acclaim and increased ratings. By the end of the second season- the show had become the third-most-successful series in HBO’s history. Behind only The Sopranos and True Blood. In addition- the DVD and Blu-ray set of Season 1st was released just prior to transmission of Season 2nd and immediately became HBO’s fastest-selling media release in its history.
Production of Season 3 began on 10th July 2012 and wrapped on 24th November. Morocco was added to the filming roster alongside Croatia, Iceland and Northern Ireland, with the complexities of filming requiring. The addition of a third filming unit to the existing 2. An additional scene was shot in Los Angeles for safety reasons. Meaning that Season 3 was filmed in five separate countries on three continents. The season aired from 31st March to 2nd June 2013. The penultimate episode The Rains of Castamere won widespread critical acclaim for its shock twist ending. End of the season the show had supplanted True Blood as second-most successful HBO show in the United States. And The Sopranos as its most successful series worldwide.
Production of Season 4th began on 8th July 2013 and concluded on 21st November. Production was more focused this season, with only two units used and filming restricted to Northern Ireland, Iceland and Croatia. This was to allow more of the budget to be concentrated on several major action and effects sequences late in the season. Production of Season 5th ran from 18th July 2014 to 12th December. Production was focused once more, with two units filming in Northern Ireland, Croatia and Spain, with Spain being a new addition to the show’s shooting countries.
Production of Season 6th ran from mid-July 2015 to 17th December. Filming took place in Northern Ireland and Spain, while the production only returned to Croatia for a brief shoot. As they used several locations in Spain as exterior sets for King’s Landing, Braavos and Meereen.
Production of Season 7th ran from 31st August 2016 to February 2017, which was later than past seasons. Mainly due to the desire to accurately depict the winter that now grips Westeros. And will be shortened to seven episodes, due to the smaller amount of story content remaining. As well as the increased production values and time required to film episodes involving larger set pieces. Filming took place in Northern Ireland, Spain, Iceland and, once again briefly, Croatia.
Game of Thrones Seasons
Seasons 7 and 8: Beyond the books and ending
Given that there are currently five novels (with the third split into two seasons), but given the fact that the majority of the fourth and fifth novels have been adapted in season 5 and 6, there was only a very limited amount of material left to be adapted. Even so, Martin has told producers Benioff & Weiss the general outline of how the final two books are going to progress (so if a bolt of lightning strikes Martin, they’d still be able to finish according to Martin’s general plan).
As a result, the total amount of seasons remained unclear for quite some time. During Season 3, in an interview with Mother Jones magazine, Benioff & Weiss said that they thought the TV series might run as many as eight seasons, for a total of 80 episodes, though they were unsure:
Season 5 and 6: Intercutting A Feast for Crows & A Dance with Dragons
What was originally planned as the fourth novel was even longer than the third novel, so Martin split it into two novels: A Feast for Crows (the fourth book) and A Dance with Dragons (the fifth book). The fourth and fifth books occur during a simultaneous timeframe: all of the chapters set in the Seven Kingdoms were moved to the fourth book, while all chapters set outside of the Seven Kingdoms (at the Wall or across the Narrow Sea in Essos) were moved to the fifth book. Though of course, despite splitting them because as one book they would have been longer than the third novel, Martin kept making additions to the fourth and fifth novels during the writing process, so both are nearly as long as the third novel.
It would be odd to spend an entire season with one set of characters while the rest do not appear, then reverse this in the subsequent season. So Seasons 5 chronologically presented events in the order that they happened. This is comparable to how J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers actually consisted of two halves: the first half entirely follows Aragorn since the end of the first novel, then the second half backs up in time to follow only Frodo’s perspective, but during the same timeframe since the end of the first novel. Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation, however, chose to simply intercut between the two storylines to show events in the chronological order in which they occurred. Thus “Season 5” consisted of the majority of the material from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
Seasons 1-4 : A Game of Thrones- A Clash of Kings & A Storm of Swords
As of 2016, five books have been published in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and author George R.R. Martin has predicted that there will be two more. The third novel- A Storm of Swords, was so long that it pushed the limits of how large a published book could physically be without pages falling out. Because the third novel was so long, the production team realized it would be impossible to condense it all into a single season, so the decision was made to adapt its contents across two seasons. While Season 3 ends with the Red Wedding, this actually happened in the middle of the third novel [similar to how Renly Baratheon suddenly died in the middle of Season 2].
Jon Snow returned to Castle Black by the middle of the third novel. Daenerys Targaryen had not yet reached Meereen by the middle of the third novel. A few characters did advance further than this in Season 3, i.e. Bran Stark actually passed north of the Wall at the end of the third novel (he had so few chapters in the entire book that the TV producers didn’t want to space it out for two full seasons). By the end of the fourth season, most of the characters had completed their story from the third novel. More Info..