Prior to the season finale of Boardwalk Empire, HBO offered a 15 minute behind-the-scenes look at their new fantasy series Game of Thrones. The sprawling story is based on the Song of Ice and Fire novels by author and former TV scribe George R. R. Martin — who also serves as a producer on the show. Game of Thrones revolves around the turbulent medieval kingdom of Westeros, where the seasons can last for decades and the ruling houses vie for control of the coveted Iron Throne. The cable channel seems to be pulling out all the stops for this show, offering up a huge and talented cast, exotic locales and the talented writing team of D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
See the behind-the-scenes video below:
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At the centre of Game of Thrones is Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), a northern lord attempting to protect his family during tumultuous times. Opposing the Starks are the powerful and power-hungry Lannisters; the manipulative Queen Cersei (Lena Headey), her twin brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and their younger brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). TV fans may also recognize Thrones stars Aiden Gillen as Tommy Carcetti from The Wire and Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex from Stargate Atlantis.
The novels are perfect fodder for HBO, with love, betrayal, political intrigue, violence and war all figuring heavily in the proceedings. A few of us here on the site are massive fans of Martin’s novels, so to see them so wonderfully realized on the small screen is a true delight. We only hope that Thrones does not suffer the same fate as HBO’s other medieval drama Rome, which was cancelled due to huge production costs.
Game of Thrones will debut on HBO and HBO Canada in April 2011.