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HBO just posted the second teaser for its epic fantasy miniseries A Game of Thrones, based on the George R.R. Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire. This trailer is marginally less brief than the last one and primarily features a CGI raven against some weirdly stylized clouds, as well as a little bit of footage.

The new footage comes off as just generic fantasy so far, which is neither good nor bad this early in the, ahem, game, when we're probably just seeing the first rough shots that were usable enough to put in the teaser. HBO also posted a production diary video where executive producer David Benioff pretty much promises us that HBO is reinventing the fantasy genre with Thrones.

Most promisingly, in the video Martin talks about visiting the set and coming away delighted by what he saw. "There was this incredible moment of 'My God, they got it right.' There it is. The majority of my fans are going to be very happy, because they're going to see the story that I told come alive, played by some fantastic actors."

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HBO isn't holding anything back when it comes to its anticipated new series Game of Thrones.

Encores of Thrones, which debuts Sunday at 9 p.m., will be aired back-to-back on HBO at 10:05 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.

In addition, the premiere episode will be shown across six HBO channels simultaneously the next day at 9 p.m. on HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Comedy, HBO Zone and HBO Latino. HBO2 will also air encores at 10:05 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.

A sure way to make sure viewers (er, subscribers) don't miss it.

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The Hollywood Reporter takes a look inside Game of Thrones:

$50 million-$60 million: The estimated budget for the series.

4.5 million-plus: Number of books in print in North America alone. (Once Dragons is published in July, that number will jump to more than 5 million.)

$2.5 million-plus: The amount episodes are fetching overseas. (It’s already HBO’s best-selling series abroad more than 50 percent above the international price tag for The Sopranos.)

3,188: Number of pages in the U.S. hardbacks of Books 1-4. (Swords ran longest at 973 pages.)

1,800: Rough number of vocabulary words in the Dothraki’s language. (The language of the nomadic warriors was created by Language Creation Society member David J. Peterson, who analyzed the books and drew from Russian, Turkish, Estonian, Inuktitut and Swahili.)

583: The crew at its biggest.

294: Number of weeks between the publishing of Books 4 and 5. (Crows was published Nov. 8, 2005; Dragons will be released July 12.)

250: Approximate number of extras used on the biggest day of production.

170: Total production days. (The production spent 133 days filming in Belfast and 37 in Malta. The crew shot simultaneously in Northern Ireland and Malta for six weeks. Some basic sets from the feature film Your Highness, which filmed before Thrones, were recycled from The Paint Hall Studio in Belfast, where the Titanic was originally painted.)

162: Total number of speaking roles in the series. (Seventeen cast members’ names appear during the opening credits.

150: Number of full sets of armor created for the series.

130: Number of helmets created for the series. (The wardrobe department consists of roughly 80 people, including the in-house costume design team who created the majority of the costumes.)

10: Number of days Thrones-themed food trucks stopped in New York and Los Angeles. (Menu items included lemon cake, trout, squab and pickled egg.)

7: Number of books in the series.

6: Number of family trees included in the HBO press kit.

5: Number of topless women in the pilot.

4: Number of beheadings in the pilot.

3: Number of beheadings before the opening credits.

3: Number of times “winter is coming” mentioned in the pilot (first one comes at the 11-minute mark).

2: Number of sex scenes in the pilot.

2: Number of roles recast. (Lady Catelyn Stark and Princess Daenerys Targaryen; the parts wound up going to Michelle Fairley and Emilia Clarke, respectively.)

Too many to count: Number of guys who look like Harry Potter’s Hagrid.


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Following strong critical and viewer response to the series' April 17 debut, HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

"We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin's amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers," said Lombardo. "This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership."

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

Among the early critical raves, TV Guide has called the show "a crowning triumph" and "brilliant," while the Los Angeles Times termed GAME OF THRONES "a great and thundering series," as well as "wild and bewitching." The Hollywood Reporter praised the "excellent storytelling, superb acting and stunning visual effects," and the New York Post observed that the "art directing, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series."

The gross audience for the premiere night of GAME OF THRONES on the main HBO channel was 4.2 million viewers.

The season one cast includes (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

Season one credits: GAME OF THRONES is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors of photography, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov and Matt Jensen; production designer, Gemma Jackson; costume designer, Michele Clapton.

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Just watched the third episode of this, it's getting really good. Tyrion Lannister is awesome, and Daenerys is getting some really interesting development. The sheer scope of the thing means that when they finally get to the big conflicts it's going to be epic.

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How did nobody pick up on this?


If there's one thing we've learned from Game of Thrones, it's that no one in Westeros is safe from a gruesome death, and apparently that rule also extends to former Presidents of the United States. If you look closely at one particular season one sequence, you'll spot George W. Bush's severed head on a pike.

Just a quick warning, the sequence in which the head appears involves a big SPOILER for anyone not fully acquainted with season one, so if you're not caught up you might want to click away for a bit.

W's noggin pops up very briefly in the season one finale, "Fire and Blood." When King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) takes a frightened Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) out to look at the head of her recently decapitated father Ned (Sean Bean), the camera shows us several other heads on pikes next to the former Lord of Winterfell. Among them, shown in profile and partially obscured by a scruffy mess of hair, is George W. Bush.

While W's head on a King's Landing pike might mean that King Joffrey was really pissed that Kerry lost the '04 election, series creators David Benioff D. B. Weiss want to assure viewers that the cameo was by no means a political statement on their part. Here's a snippet from the episode's DVD commentary:

"The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."

We can certainly understand that. After all, if you wanted to make it political, why make the head so hard to see? The question that we're really curious about is who in the name of The Seven brought a George W. Bush head to the Game of Thrones set, and why?

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Talk about an over reaction:

Now, after releasing an official apology on Wednesday night, Deadline reports that HBO has decided to pull the entire episode from all digital distribution, including HBO Go and iTunes. Also, the shipping of Season 1 DVD box sets have halted.

From HBO: "We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this careless mistake. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms and have halted all future shipments of the DVDs, removed it from our digital platforms and will edit the scene for all future airings on any distribution domestic or international.

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As they mention in the commentary, it wasn't deliberate, they're on a budget and just picked one of the heads they bought in a job lot. You can't see his face or anything, and they admitted WAY before this became any kind of deal that it wasn't political or anything, just a weird thing to note.

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Thinking it over, it actually is a pretty bad thing to do. It's not as though he wasn't actually sent hundreds or thousands of death threats during and after his presidency. Living in Texas, we actually hear about how the Bush family is occasionally threatened by some random crazy person. To have his severed head shown on TV is more than a little irksome.

But that being said, I'm not sure tastefulness has ever been HBO's deal, so I don't know what their problem is.

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And this was filming at least two years after he was the sitting president, no? For fuck's sake. Its not like they spent a minute lingering on his severed head. It's tops, a two second shot, of a face you can't even see cause of the angle.

No one noticed when it aired, or when the DVD was released. It only was found out two months after when someone listened close enough to a commentary track and posted on the Internet about it.

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