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  • Before November 2005: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss meet George R.R. Martin to discuss adapting the books for television. They pass a "test" by guessing the identity of Jon Snow's mother.[1]
  • March 2006: Benioff and Weiss pitch Game of Thrones to HBO and Showtime.[2]
  • 16 January 2007: HBO options A Song of Ice and Fire.[3][4]
  • 31 May 2007: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and George R.R. Martin appear on the social networking site Second Life to talk about the potential TV series.[5]
  • 5 November 2007: The Writer's Guild of America strike begins, delaying work on Game of Thrones for its duration.[6]
  • 17 December 2007: George R.R. Martin confirms that work on the series remains suspended due to the strike.[7]
  • 12 February 2008: The WGA strike ends, allowing work on the script for Game of Thrones's pilot to resume.
  • 13 June 2008: George R.R. Martin confirms that a second draft of the pilot script has been submitted to HBO and that the BBC will be co-funding the project (BBC eventually did not get involved).[8]
  • 9 September 2008: HBO exercises its option and buys the television rights to A Song of Ice and Fire.[9]

Pilot pre-productionEdit

Pilot filmingEdit

  • 24 October 2009: Day 1 of pilot production. Work begins at Doune Castle in Scotland, which is standing in for Winterfell. Set and costume rehearsals seem to be taking place rather than filming.[66][67]
  • 26 October 2009: Day 3 of pilot production. Filming begins. The Winterfell feast is the first scene shot.[68] The German band Corvus Corax appear as a troupe of musicians performing at the feast.[69]
  • 27 October 2009: Day 4 of pilot production. The main cast wraps up shooting at Doune Castle.[70]
  • 28 October 2009: Day 5 of pilot production. No filming as the production relocates to Belfast.[71][72] Robert Stromberg, fresh from working on James Cameron's film Avatar, is confirmed to be working on visual effects for the pilot.[73]
  • 29 October 2009: Day 6 of pilot production. The prologue scene is filmed at Tollymore Forest Park with extensive fake snow used.[74]
  • 2 November 2009: Day 10 of pilot production. The scenes where Eddard executes Gared and Robb and Jon find the direwolves in the snow, are filmed at Cairncastle, County Antrim.[75][76]
  • 3 November 2009: Day 11 of pilot production. George R.R. Martin signs copies of his books in a Belfast book store and is joined by many cast members who mingle and talk with fans into the evening.[77][78][79][80][81][82] There are indications that the new scene between Ros, Tyrion and Jaime in a King's Landing brothel was also filmed on this day.[83]
  • 4 November 2009: Day 12 of production. The scene in Winterfell courtyard where Tommen and Bran are sparring is filmed.[84][85]
  • 5 November 2009: Day 13 of production. Filming takes place at Castle Ward, County Down.[86] The scene being shot is most likely King Robert's arrival at Winterfell, due to the presence of an effects-enhanced carriage that will be turned into Cersei's wheelhouse.[87]
  • 10 November 2009: Day 18 of production. Filming has been underway for the last few days at the Paint Hall in Belfast. The famous, "The things I do for love," scene is apparently shot on this day.[88]
  • 11 November 2009: Day 19 of production. It is reported that filming of Season 1 will be spread over 30 weeks, if the series goes ahead.[89]
  • 12 November 2009: Day 20 of production. Filming in Northern Ireland is concluded and the production moves to Morocco.[90]
  • 13 November 2009: Day 21 of production. Filming in Morocco gets underway at the Ouarzazate studio.
  • 16 November 2009: Day 24 of production. George R.R. Martin reports arriving at the studio and that the filming of the first meeting between Khal Drogo and Daenerys has already taken place. The wedding scene is filmed that night.[91]
  • 18 November 2009: Day 26 of production. Principle photography of the pilot is concluded.[92]
  • 19 November 2009: The pilot wrap party is held.[93]

Post-pilot periodEdit

  • 1 December 2009: It is revealed that Jamie Bamber auditioned for the role of Jaime Lannister but did not get the role.[94]
  • 15 December 2009: Irish actor Peter O'Meara expresses an interest in auditioning for the series, if picked up.[95]
  • 17 December 2009: HBO trademarks the Game of Thrones name for merchandising purposes.[96]
  • 14 January 2010: HBO's progamming chief Michael Lombardo gives a very positive and enthusiastic report on the pilot's production and on the dailies seen so far.[97]
  • 15 January 2010: The wolf pups used to stand in for the dirwolf pups on the pilot are put up for sale.[98] HBO are rumored to be planning to book two of the Paint Hall's four filming sets for the next five years.[99]
  • 24 February 2010: American actress Felicia Day expresses an interest in auditioning for the series.[100]
  • 27 February 2010: A source claims that HBO has begun contracting services in Belfast that will be needed to work on the pilot, including making payments.[101]
  • 2 March 2010: HBO officially picks up Game of Thrones for a 10-episode first season (including the pilot).[102][103][104][105][106][107][108]

Season 1 pre-productionEdit

  • 3 March 2010: The Northern Ireland government discloses that the TV project could bring as much as £20 million to the local economy.[109]
  • 10 March 2010: Bryan Cogman is revealed to be writing Episode 4 of the series.[110]
  • 13 March 2010: An extensive call for crewmembers for Game of Thrones goes out.[111]
  • 16 March 2010: Jane Espenson is added to the writing roster. She will be writing Episode 6 of the series.[112]
  • 19 March 2010: It is announced that Jennifer Ehle has left the Game of Thrones project. Her role as Catelyn Stark will now be played by Northern Irish actress Michelle Fairley.[113][114]
  • 24 March 2010: It is confirmed that George R.R. Martin will be writing Episode 8 of Season 1. The remaining episodes (1-3, 5, 7 and 9-10) will be written by producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.[115]
  • 25 March 2010: Rumors begin circulating that Tamzin Merchant is also departing the project.[116]
  • 2 April 2010: Elena Satine is reported as having auditioned for the role of Daenerys, strengthening rumors of Merchant's departure.[117]
  • 8 April 2010: Maisie Williams releases pictures of herself wielding a replica of Arya's sword, Needle.[118][119]
  • 9 April 2010: George R.R. Martin comments on how overseas viewers will be able to watch the series.[120]
  • 12 April 2010: HBO issues a press release confirming that they have hired David J. Peterson of the Language Creation Society to create a fully-working Dothraki language that will be used in the series.[121][122]
  • 18 April 2010: George R.R. Martin expands on some of the challenges facing the project and on what will be happening in his episode.[123][124][125]
  • 27 April 2010: Winter is Coming releases an image of an extra in costume.[126]
  • 29 April 2010: It is confirmed that Tamzin Merchant has left the project and her role of Daenerys is being recast.[127]
  • 1 May 2010: George R.R. Martin completes his script and goes on to report that Ros may return in later episodes and that the TV series will be very faithful, but deviations from the books are possible and more likely the longer it goes on.[128][129]
  • 21 May 2010: It is confirmed that Emilia Clarke has replaced Tamzin Merchant in the role of Daenerys.[130][131]
  • 25 May 2010: The Televisionary blog reports it has secured a copy of the pilot and that the quality of the finished episode is very high.[132][133]
  • 27 May 2010: The UK's tallest man, Neil Fingleton, reports that he has auditioned for the role of Gregor Clegane in the series.[134]
  • 3 June 2010: HBO shows an internal trailer of the series to investors, apparently to a positive reception. Fans begin clamouring for a trailer of some kind to be released publicly.[135]
  • 5 June 2010: Director Brian Kirk joins the project and will direct two episodes of Season 1.[136]
  • 13 June 2010: HBO airs a 22-second teaser trailer for Game of Thrones ahead of the third season premiere of True Blood, to a mostly positive reception.[137][138][139]
  • 19 June 2010: Finn Jones is cast as Loras Tyrell.[140][141][142]
  • 23 June 2010: Kristian Nairn is cast as Hodor[143][144] and Roy Dotrice as Grand Maester Pycelle.[145][146][147]
  • 24 June 2010: It is reported that HBO are going to be building a massive castle set at the Magheramorne quarry in Northern Ireland for the series.[148] Martin later confirms that the set for Castle Black will be built on this site, including a fully-operable winch elevator as described in the books.[149]
  • 25 June 2010: Martin confirms that Paul Engelen has been hired to work on hair and make-up for the series.[150][151]
  • 6 July 2010: It is announced that John Bradley-West has been cast as Samwell Tarly,[152][153][154] Luke McEwan as Rast and Miltos Yerolemou as Syrio Forel.[155][156]
  • 7 July 2010: confirms that Conan Stevens has been cast in the role of Gregor Clegane.[157][158] Casting sources indicate that the prologue scene will be reshot and the role of Will will be recast due to Bronson Webb's other commitments.[159]
  • 8 July 2010: At a book signing in San Diego, George R.R. Martin reveals that the actor Richard Griffiths was approached for the role of Illyrio but in the end a deal could not be reached. He also revealed that an exceptional actress is in negotiations for another role and, if cast, may even affect how he writes the character in future books.[160]
  • 10 July 2010: It is confirmed through Twitter that Jamie Sives has been cast as Jory Cassel.[161][162][163] Lena Headey answers fan questions about her casting as Cersei Lannister and how she will approach the role.[164]
  • 12 July 2010: It is confirmed through Twitter that Ian McElhinney has been cast as Ser Barristan Selmy.[165][166][167] The Hollywood Reporter later announces that Aidan Gillen, a fan-favorite choice for the role, has been cast as Lord Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish.[168][169][170][171]
  • 14 July 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms on his blog that amongst the Stark guardsmen, only Jory will have a speaking role. The others will be extras.[172]
  • 15 July 2010: It is announced that Conleth Hill has been cast in the role of Varys and that Jamie Campbell Bower has left the project as Ser Waymar Royce, to be replaced for the pilot reshoots by Rob Ostlere.[173]
  • 16 July 2010: No less than twenty new casting announcements are made by HBO, including Jerome Flynn as Bronn and James Cosmo as Jeor Mormont. It is also confirmed that the role of Gared has been recast.[174][175][176][177] It is also confirmed that the production will not be returning to Morocco. Instead, Daenerys's scenes will be filmed in Malta, using some of the castles left behind by the Knights Hospitaller. Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor are announced as additional episode directors for the series itself.[178]
  • 17 July 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms that Natalia Tena has been cast as Osha.[179]
  • 18 July 2010: Miltos Yerolemou, who plays Syrio Forel, confirms that he has been receiving stage fight choreography lessons from famous fight choreographer William Hobbs on a one-to-one basis (Hobbs is not officially attached to the Game of Thrones series).[180]
  • 21 July 2010: A number of cast members convene in Belfast for costume fittings, a script read-through and general pre-production work. The Castle Black set is under construction by this time.[181]
  • 22 July 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms that Brynden, Hoster and Edmure Tully will not debut until the second season due to cast budgetary constraints. He suggests that Brynden's story functions in Season 1 will instead be fulfilled by Ser Vardis Egen and Ser Rodrik Cassel.[182]

Season 1 filmingEdit

  • 23 July 2010: Filming begins. The first scene to be shot is a conversation between Eddard and Cersei that is not in the books. Another scene shot on this day is a conversation between Eddard and Arya from Episode 104.[183] The initial weeks of shooting concentrate on scenes in the Red Keep in King's Landing.[184]
  • 28 July 2010: George R.R. Martin announces that Roy Dotrice has had to withdraw from the production due to ill health. He will be replaced in the role of Grand Maester Pycelle by Julian Glover.[185] In the UK, cable and satellite broadcaster Sky buys the exclusive UK transmission rights to all HBO television shows in a five-year deal. Game of Thrones will be among its acquisitions.[186]
  • 29 July 2010: It is confirmed that Charles Dance has been cast in the role of Tywin Lannister. Dance, a fan of the novels, was the first choice of Benioff and Weiss for the role.[187][188] A conversation between Eddard Stark and Grand Maester Pycelle from Episode 104 is shot today.[189]
  • 30 July 2010: A meeting of the King's small council is filmed. Bryan Cogman corrects the actors' pronunciation of the word 'maester'.[190]
  • 1 August 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms that Mark Stanley will be playing the role of Grenn.[191]
  • 2 August 2010: Conan Stevens flies to Belfast to begin preparing for filming his role of Gregor Clegane in the series.[192]
  • 3 August 2010: Filming takes place at Ballymoney. Which scene is being filmed is unclear, but speculation is that it is the confrontation between Joffrey and Sansa against Arya and Mycah.[193] A scene where Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen ride with the Dothraki across a plain is also filmed[194]
  • 4 August 2010: Peter Dinklage has arrived in Belfast by this time.[195]
  • 5 August 2010: The Times of Malta confirms that Game of Thrones will shoot on the island for six weeks later in 2010.[196] Daenerys's entrance to Vaes Dothrak is filmed at Sandy Brae in Northern Ireland, with Bryan Cogman indicating that the name 'Essos', not used yet in the books, may be used in the series to refer to the eastern continent.[197]
  • 7 August 2010: HBO reiterates that they plan to show Game of Thrones in Spring 2011, potentially as early as the start of March.[198]
  • 9 August 2010: Amrita Acharia is interviewed by a Norwegian newspaper about her role as Irri in Game of Thrones.[199]
  • 10 August 2010: HBO confirm that Dar Salim has been cast as Qotho.[200]
  • 11 August 2010: Finn Jones and Conan Stevens undergo horse riding training in Northern Ireland.[201] George R.R. Martin also confirms that Elyes Gabel and Joe Dempsie have been cast as Jhogo and Grenn respectively.[202] HBO later announces that Gabel's character's name has been changed to Rakharo to avoid confusion with Drogo.
  • 18 August 2010: It is announced that Owen Teale has replaced Derek Halligan in the role of Alliser Thorne. No reason is given for the recasting.[203] Conan Stevens and Rory McCann rehearse for the fight scene between Gregor and Sandor Clegane at the Hand's tourney.[204]
  • 20 August 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms additional casting news: Lalor Roddy as an assassin, Simon Lowe as a wineseller, Mark Lewis Jones as Shagga, Clive Mantle as Greatjon Umber and Susie Kelly as Masha Heddle.[205]
  • 23 August 2010: HBO co-president Michael Lombardo discusses the process of commissioning Game of Thrones in an interview with Vanity Fair.[206]
  • 27 August 2010: Filming of the Hand's Tourney sequence is completed.[207]
  • 2 September 2010: HBO confirms that musician Wilko Johnson has been cast as Ser Ilyn Payne.[208] The scene where Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon confront one another over Arya's chastisement of Joffrey is being filmed on this date.[209]
  • 12 September 2010: HBO releases a new trailer, a behind-the-scenes video, a new promotional still of Emilia Clarke as Daenerys and begin a new production blog updating viewers on filming progress. Writer Bryan Cogman also begins releasing postdated production diaries on filming progress. Today a scene from Episode 102 where Eddard talks to Cersei is filmed.[210][211]
  • 21 September 2010: Actress Tricia Helfer reveals via Twitter that she auditioned for the role of Cersei Lannister.[212] She also indicates that Elizabeth Banks may have also auditioned for the role.[213]
  • 23 September 2010: By this day the focus of the filming has moved to Winterfell and interior shooting at the Paint Hall studio. Several scenes are filmed on this day focusing on the character of Bran Stark.[214] Sources on the production claim that almost fifty different locations are being used in Northern Ireland for the shoot.[215]
  • 27 September 2010: HBO releases a new behind-the-scenes video focusing on set and prop design.[216]
  • 29 September 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms that Art Parkinson will be playing Rickon Stark and that Mia Soteriou is playing Mirri Maz Duur.[217]
  • 1 October 2010: HBO releaes a new production photograph, this time of the seat of the King's Hand at the small council meetings.[218]
  • 5 October 2010: George R.R. Martin reports that Ben Hawkey will be playing the role of Hot Pie, while Lommy Greenhands will be played by Eros Vlahos.[219]
  • 7 October 2010: Wilko Johnson's local newspaper reports about his role as Ser Ilyn Payne.[220]
  • 8 October 2010: HBO releases a new video discussing the lift at Castle Black and how they built it for the series.[221]
  • 14 October 2010: HBO confirms that Ian Beattie has been cast as Ser Meryn Trant.[222] They also release a new promotional image of Jerome Flynn as Bronn.[223]
  • 20 October 2010: Filming of scenes in Winterfell and the Eyrie take place around this time, including scenes with Bran and Osha at Winterfell.[224]
  • 23 October 2010: HBO confirms that composter Stephen Warbeck will be creating the original music for the show[225]
  • 25 October 2010: London-based visual effects company BlueBolt is confirmed as working on the project.[226]
  • 26 October 2010: Peter Dinklage gives his first public comments on the project, talking about the relationship between Tyrion and Cersei and how he and Lena Headey, who are good friends, play it.[227]
  • 27 October 2010: HBO release a new photo, this time of the mural on the wall of the King's Hand's bedchamber in the Red Keep.[228] George R.R. Martin gives a very brief set report, indicating that the sets for the Eyrie and the Red Keep are very impressive.[229]
  • 28 October 2010: Castmembers and fans of the books again mingle at a second 'moot' in Belfast. George R.R. Martin is in attendance, as are producer Bryan Cogman and a number of actors, including Luke McEwan, Kit Harington, Mark Addy, Kristian Nairn, Jamie Sives, Gethin Anthony, Finn Jones, Miltos Yerolemou and John Bradley-West.[230] A Russian fan site posts a report on the reshooting of the wedding scene between Daenerys and Khal Drogo at Dwerja on Malta.[231] Lena Headey also reports that she is in Malta for the week to shoot a 'pivotal' scene,[232] later confirmed to be a notable execution scene.[233]
  • 29 October 2010: HBO release a new behind-the-scenes video about costume design in the show.[234]
  • 1 November 2010: It is revealed that Fort Ricasoli on Malta is standing in for the Red Keep, whilst the village of Manikata has stood in for the Lhazareen village raided by Khal Drogo.[235]
  • 2 November 2010: HBO puts up a new blog entry about the interior design skills of the Night's Watch.[236]
  • 3 November 2010: HBO issue a full line-up of the directors for the first season and which episodes they are handling.[237]
  • 5 November 2010: HBO confirm the casting of Brian Fortune, Stephen Don and Ian Gelder as Bowen Marsh, Stiv and Ser Kevan Lannister respectively.[238] HBO also publishes a new blog entry revealing that the cast has held a full read-through of episodes 6-10 of the series in Belfast.[239]
  • 10 November 2010: Early reports that adult film star Sahara Knite will be playing a role in the series are confirmed, with the news that she will be playing a new character called Armeca, an associate of Ros who works in the same brothel, an establishment owned by Littlefinger. This also confirms that Ros will appear in the series itself as well as the pilot.[240]
  • 12 November 2010: Filming in Malta concludes.[241]
  • 15 November 2010: It is revealed that Beric Dondarrion has been cast, with David Michael Scott playing the role.[242]
  • 18 November 2010: Entertainment Weekly publish ten new publicity images from the series on their website.[243]
  • 19 November 2010: Mark Addy reports that he has wrapped his filming on the series.[244] The production spurs controversy in Malta after reports of environmental damage caused by filming.[245]
  • 20 November 2010: HBO releases a new production photo highlighting props on the show, depicting a dagger and a book.[246]
  • 23 November 2010: HBO releases a new behind-the-scenes video highlighting the use of weapons and swords in the series.[247]
  • 24 November 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms that actor David Bradley as been cast as Lord Walder Frey.[248] HBO also confirms that Andrew Wilde has been cast as Tobho Mott.[249]
  • 26 November 2010: HBO republishes high-definition versions of the pictures from Entertainment Weekly's web and print coverage.[250]
  • 27 November 2010: HBO airs a promo for Inside Game of Thrones, a fifteen-minute behind-the-scenes special, due to air on 5 December.[251]
  • 29 November 2010: HBO releases the third teaser trailer for Game of Thrones, this one 60 seconds in length and featuring an exchange of dialogue between Eddard and Bran Stark as well as other short clips.[252]
  • 2 December 2010: HBO publishes a new production blog entry in which they confirm that Maisie Williams, who is right-handed, is playing Arya as left-handed, as in the novels.[253]
  • 5 December 2010: HBO airs a ten-minute documentary entitled Making Game of Thrones, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and a few new clips.[254] A longer edition with several additional clips is also posted to YouTube.[255]
  • 6 December 2010: HBO begins selling Game of Thrones merchandise through its online store, starting with T-shirts and the books.[256]
  • 11 December 2010: Scenes filmed today include Tyrion and the mountain clans' arrival at Tywin Lannister's camp and their introduction to the Lannister high command.[257]
  • 13 December 2010: Rumors suggest that HBO is already scouting locations in Iceland and Morocco for a possible second season of the series.[258]
  • 15 December 2010: This is the planned wrap date on Season 1 of Game of Thrones.[259] Previous rumors had suggested the 18th as the wrap date.[260] The British Daily Express newspaper interviews Rory McCann about the series and he reveals that he was living rough in Iceland at the time he was cast.[261]
  • 16 December 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms that shooting has wrapped.[262]

Post-Season 1 filming periodEdit

  • 21 December 2010: George R.R. Martin confirms that the episodes will have individual titles. His episode (episode 8) has the working title The Pointy End. It is also revealed that the first three episodes are now edited and done.[263]
  • 7 January 2011: Game of Thrones is heavily featured on the TCA Winter Press Tour in the USA, with actors Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and creator George R.R. Martin all attending.[264] HBO confirm that Game of Thrones will begin airing on HBO on 17 April 2011.[265]
  • 10 January 2011: Video interviews with Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke and Sean Bean are released.[266]
  • 13 January 2011: HBO release a new behind-the-scenes video about the work of stuntmen in the series.[267]
  • 17 January 2011: HBO release a new promotional picture of the Iron Throne[268] and a new trailer, entitled 'Thrones', showing major castmembers sitting on the Iron Throne accompanied by lines of dialogue from the series.[269]
  • 20 January 2011: George R.R. Martin and the producers confirm that the sexuality of the gay characters from the books will be more prominent in the TV series.[270]
  • 26 January 2011: A number of actors in smaller roles in the production are revealed, including Mark Coney as Galbart Glover and Gerry O'Brien as Jonos Bracken.[271]
  • 1 February 2011: HBO release another behind-the-scenes video, this time focusing on Maisie Williams playing Arya Stark.[272]
  • 2 February 2011: Margaret John, who played Old Nan, passes away at the age of 84, following a short illness.[273]
  • 3 February 2011: It is reported that composer Stephen Warbeck has left the project. He has been replaced by Ramin Djawadi.[274]
  • 10 February 2011: International broadcasters are able to view the first two episodes of Game of Thrones at a screening in London. The reception is positive, with some caveats[275]
  • 11 February 2011: HBO publishes an official pronunciation guide for the series.[276]
  • 17 February 2011: HBO host a special screening for cast and crew at a location in Soho, London. Again, the reception is very positive.[277]
  • 19 February 2011: HBO releases a video guide to some of the locations that will feature in the series.[278]
  • 21 February 2011: British broadcaster Sky confirms that it will start showing Game of Thrones in the UK on its new Sky Atlantic channel on Monday 18 April 2011.[279]
  • 22 February 2011: The Winter is Coming blog posts the first picture of the three-eyed raven from the series.[280]
  • 25 February 2011: HBO report on the beginning of the 'Maester's Path' marketing campaign, starting with a box of scrolls and scents to various bloggers, fansites and critics.[281]
  • 27 February 2011: HBO release a new trailer for the series.[282]
  • 28 February 2011: HBO activate the 'Maester's Path' website and alternate-reality game.[283] Using clues gained from around the internet, players can solve puzzles to unlock rewards.[284]
  • 3 March 2011: George R.R. Martin announces 12 July 2011 as the publication date of the fifth novel in the series, A Dance with Dragons.[285] HBO release a new behind-the-scenes video about production design,[286] featuring our first glimpse of the Red Keep. They also release a new, long trailer via Entertainment Weekly which features our first glimpse of the Wall.[287]
  • 6 March 2011: HBO reveals its April schedule, confirmation that the first episode of Season 1 will be called Winter is Coming.[288]
  • 7 March 2011: HBO unlocks the second part of the Maester's Path.[289]
  • 10 March 2011: HBO releases the first official promotional poster for the series, depicting Sean Bean as Eddard Stark sitting on the Iron Throne, along with the Three-Eyed Crow.[290]
  • 11 March 2011: HBO reveals that the second episode of Season 1 will be called The Kingsroad.[291]
  • 13 March 2011: HBO releases a new trailer, 'Fear and Blood',[292] and a new featurette on House Stark.[293]
  • 16 March 2011: Two new featurettes are released, one each on Houses Lannister and Baratheon.[294]
  • 1 April 2011: HBO releases the episode titles up to Episode 7 of the first series.[295]
  • 4 April 2011: HBO schedule a special 15-minute preview of Game of Thrones to air at 9pm.[296]
  • 8 April 2011: Whilst Season 2 has not been confirmed, it is revealed that location scouting for the second season is proceeding in Croatia and Turkey. HBO confirm that the first season had a budget of $60 million.[297]
  • 16 April 2011: HBO launches the Game of Thrones Viewer's Guide website, featuring character and house guides and an interactive map.[298]
  • 17 April 2011: Game of Thrones starts airing on HBO to 4.2 million viewers on the first night. As a result of this success, HBO announces that the series has been renewed for a second season.[299]

Season 2 pre-productionEdit

  • 1 June 2011: The first confirmed new filming location for Season 2 is revealed: Ballintoy Harbour in Country Antrim.[300]
  • 17 June 2011: HBO confirms that filming will return to Northern Ireland and the Paint Hall for Season 2.[301]
  • 21 June 2011: It is confirmed that Season 2 of the series will begin filming on 25 July.[302]
  • 23 June 2011: It is confirmed that Natalie Dormer will be playing the role of Margaery Tyrell, making her the first actor to be cast for the second season.[303]
  • 24 June 2011: Evidence mounts that Croatia will be used as a filming location in Season 2.[304]
  • 4 July 2011: Fan-favorite actor James Purefoy states that he would be interested in a role on Game of Thrones if offered, and admits to being a fan of the books.[305]
  • 8 July 2011: George R.R. Martin confirms that Gwendoline Christie will be playing the role of Brienne.[306]
  • 14 July 2011: Game of Thrones gets no less than thirteen nominations for the 2011 Emmy Awards.[307]
  • 19 July 2011: HBO confirms that Carice van Houten and Stephen Dillane have been cast in the roles of Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon respectively.[308] George R.R. Martin also confirms that Oliver Ford Davies will be playing the role of Maester Cressen.[309] Finally, it is announced the Liam Cunningham has been cast as Davos Seaworth.[310]
  • 23 July 2011: It is confirmed that filming of Season 2 will take place in Iceland, particularly for Jon Snow's storyline. It is also confirmed that Jaime Lannister's Season 2 storyline will be expanded beyond what is in the second book, and that some elements of the third novel, A Storm of Swords, will be brought up to the end of the second season.[311]

Season 2 filmingEdit

  • 25 July 2011: Filming of Season 2 is due to start.[312] The first scenes filmed include material at the Winterfell godswood with Kristian Nairn as Hodor.[313]
  • 26 July 2011: The second day of shooting for Season 2. A night scene at the Stark army camp involving Richard Madden is filmed, whilst another fan reports prepping for a scene involving Melisandre and some statues of the Seven, which will be shot later that week.[314]
  • 27 July 2011: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirm that the character of Asha Greyjoy will be renamed for the series. However, they decline to confirm rumors that Gemma Whelan has been cast in the role.[315]
  • 29 July 2011: HBO executives reassure fans that the series will run for as long as it needs to. However, they stress production limitations that mean that each season will remain 10 episodes long and that there could be further deviations from the books as the series continues.[316] During an interview with Google, George R.R. Martin also highlights the show's budget limitations, pointing out that Robert's boar hunt in Season 1 suffered from such issues.[317]
  • 2 August 2011: HBO officially confirm that Gemma Whelan will be playing the renamed Yara Greyjoy after months of rumors.[318] They also confirm that Nonso Anozie will be playing Xaro Xhoan Daxos and that Kerr Logan will be playing Matthos Seaworth.[319]
  • 3 August 2011: HBO officially confirm that Tom Wlaschiha is playing the role of Jaqen H'ghar.[320]
  • 7 August 2011: George R.R. Martin confirms that Roy Dotrice - who had to drop out of the role of Pycelle due to illness - has been recast as the role of Hallyne.[321] Game of Thrones wins the 2011 TCA Award for Outstanding New Programe.[322]
  • 8 August 2011: HBO confirms that Hannah Murray has been cast as Gilly.[323] It is also confirmed that Karl Davies has been cast as a new character, Alton Lannister.[324]
  • 9 August 2011: George R.R. Martin confirms that Ben Crompton has been cast as Eddison Tollett.[325] Filming for Season 2 on-set in the Paint Hall recommences.[326]
  • 10 August 2011: It is revealed that Robert Pugh has been cast in the role of Craster[327] and that Michael McElhatton will be playing the role of Roose Bolton.[328]
  • 11 August 2011: David Benioff confirms that shooting for Season 2 will span three countries: the previously-used Northern Ireland, the new location of Iceland and a third, undisclosed country.[329] It is also revealed that actress Oona Chaplin has been cast in the series, but her role has not been revealed yet.[330]
  • 12 August 2011: Hollywood actor Ron Perlman expresses a desire to work on Game of Thrones, noting that he has worked previously with George R.R. Martin.[331]
  • 16 August 2011: Oona Chaplin is reported as playing Jeyne Westerling.[332]
  • 18 August 2011: Unofficial sources indicate that the third filming location for Season 2 of Game of Thrones will be Dubrovnik in Croatia.[333]
  • 19 August 2011: It is confirmed that actor Forbes KB has been cast as Lorren, whilst director David Petrarca will be working on Season 2 of Thrones.[334] It is also reported that German actress Laura Pradelska has been cast as Quaithe.[335]
  • 22 August 2011: HBO formally confirm that Malta is out as a filming location for Season 2, whilst Croatia and Iceland have been brought in in addition to Northern Ireland.[336]
  • 24 August 2011: The Maltese authorities confirm they are trying to clarify why the production did not return to Malta for filming of the second season.[337] Patrick Malahide is announced as having been cast as Balon Greyjoy,[338] whilst Daniel Portman is announced in the role of Podrick Payne[339] and Ian Hanmore in the role of Pyat Pree.[340]
  • 25 August 2011: It is announced that Ralph Ineson has been cast as Dagmer Cleftjaw.[341] Lucian Msamati is also confirmed in the role of Salladhor Saan.[342]
  • 28 August 2011: It is revealed that Andy Beckwith has been cast in the role of Rorge.[343]
  • 2 September 2011: It is confirmed that Gerard Jordan has been cast in the role of Biter.[344]
  • 6 September 2011: Anthony Morris is confirmed in the role of the Tickler.[345]
  • 7 September 2011: Steven Cole reveals he has been cast in a role for the second season, but does not clarify as which character.[346]
  • 10 September 2011: Game of Thrones wins a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Main Title Design.[347]
  • 12 September 2011: HBO reveals several additional directors for the second season, including David Nutter, Neil Marshall and Alik Sakharov.[348] It is also confirmed that Fintan McKeown has been cast as Ser Amory Lorch, whilst rumors over Gregor Clegane's recasting continue to grow.[349] In a later comment, Conan Stevens confirms that he has left the role of Gregor Clegane due to other projects.[350]
  • 13 September 2011: High winds and rain caused by the arrival of Hurricane Katia off the coast of Northern Ireland leads to a Game of Thrones catering tent collapsing, resulting in minor injuries.[351]
  • 15 September 2011: It is confirmed that Steven Cole is playing the role of Kovarro, a new Dothraki character created especially for the TV series.[352]
  • 18 September 2011: Peter Dinklage wins an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.[353] Filming in Dubrovnik, Croatia begins, with the city standing in for both King's Landing and Qarth. Andrew Wilde (Tobho Mott) and Dominic Carter (Janos Slynt) are both interviewed for Croatian TV.[354]
  • 22 September 2011: Simon Fisher-Becker reveals that he is playing the role of the High Septon on the series.[355]
  • 25 September 2011: A very brief teaser trailer for Season 2 is released by HBO.[356]
  • 30 September 2011: Tony Way is confirmed to be playing Ser Dontos Hollard.[357]
  • 7 October 2011: Nicholas Blane is revealed to be playing a new character, the Spice King.[358]
  • 10 October 2011: Rose Leslie is confirmed in the role of Ygritte.[359]
  • 13 October 2011: John Stahl is confirmed in the role of Rickard Karstark, replacing Steven Blount from the first season.[360] Simon Armstrong is also confirmed in the role of Qhorin Halfhand.[361]
  • 16 October 2011: Game of Thrones wins several awards at the 2011 Spike TV Scream Awards, including Best TV Show, Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage and Breakout Female Performance for Emilia Clarke.[362]
  • 21 October 2011: HBO Announces Game of Thrones Season One DVD and Blu-ray release date of March 30, 2012.[363]
  • 27 October 2011: It is confirmed that scenes beyond the Wall for the second season of Game of Thrones will be filmed on the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland.[364]
  • 15 November 2011: Edward Dogliani is announced as having been cast in the role of Lord of Bones.[365]
  • 18 November 2011: Filming in Northern Ireland for the second season is scheduled to wrap.[366]
  • 21 November 2011: HBO airs the first behind-the-scenes preview of Season 2.[367]
  • 25 November 2011: Filming in Iceland for Season 2 is scheduled to begin.[368]
  • 2 December 2011: HBO releases a behind-the-scenes video for Season 2 of Game of Thrones, focusing on the new look of Arya Stark in the second season.[369]
  • 4 December 2011: In an interview, Charles Dance indicates that, if commissioned, Season 3 of Game of Thrones would begin shooting in May or June 2012.[370] Game of Thrones is referenced on The Ten-Per-Cent Solution, an episode of The Simpsons, alongside several other HBO shows.[371]
  • 11 December 2011: HBO releases a new trailer for Season 2 of Game of Thrones.[372]
  • 12 December 2011: Filming of Season 2 is scheduled to wrap.[373]

Post-Season 2 filming periodEdit

  • 14 December 2011: Game of Thrones is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensembly and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.[374]
  • 15 December 2011: Game of Thrones is nominated for two awards at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, for Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage.[375]
  • 16 December 2011: Game of Thrones is named the second-most-pirated TV show of 2011.[376]
  • 7 January 2012: is able to confirm the line-up of directors for Season 2 of Game of Thrones.[377]
  • 13 January 2012: HBO confirms that the second season of Game of Thrones will start airing on 1 April 2012.[378]
  • 15 January 2012: Peter Dinklage wins the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Golden Globe Awards for his work on Thrones.[379]
  • 17 January 2012: The Location Guide website runs a feature on the Icelandic shooting for Season 2 of Game of Thrones. The feature reveals that 200 crewmembers and 12 horses were used for shooting, and due to the short hours of daylight a lot of prep-work was done in the dark.[380]
  • 29 January 2012: HBO release a longer trailer for Season 2.[381]
  • 30 January 2012: Figures released by HBO reveal that Game of Thrones has leapfrogged Boardwalk Empire to become the third-most-popular series in HBO's history, behind only True Blood and The Sopranos.[382]
  • 11 February 2012: It is reported that co-producer Vince Gerardis has said that the Battle of the Blackwater will take up a full quarter of the episode of the same name and that HBO have plans to adapt the Dunk 'n' Egg short stories. However, this is due to mistranslation and is later amended to mean that HBO are looking at different options for those stories.[383]
  • 14 February 2012: HBO releases a new behind-the-scenes video focusing on the use of Iceland as a filming location, and the practical problems of filming with only four hours of daylight a day.[384]
  • 21 February 2012: HBO releases a new behind-the-scenes video entitled invitation to the set.[385]
  • 22 February 2012: Carice van Houten discussed her role in an interview with Cyril Falisse from the Ferryman Critical. She mentioned plans to film a third season in summer 2012.[386]
  • 24 February 2012: HBO releases a new trailed entitled "Power and Grace" through their HBO Go service. The trailer is released generally on 26 February 2012.[387]
  • 3 March 2012: HBO and Entertainment Weekly release a new trailer entitled "Seven Devils", notable for including a licensed soundtrack, the song 'Seven Devils' by British group Florence and the Machine.[388]
  • 4 March 2012: The Simpsons episode Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart airs, featuring a homage to the Game of Thrones title sequence.[389]
  • 5 March 2012: Season 1 of Game of Thrones is released on DVD and Blu-ray. On release, the DVD and Blu-ray become the fastest-selling release in the history of HBO. It also sets new HBO records for digital sales on iTunes.[390]
  • 10 March 2012: HBO airs a new trailer entitled "The More You Love" before the premiere of their film Game Change.[391]
  • 11 March 2012: HBO airs a production featurette entitled "Daenerys Targaryen Character Profile" before an airing of the film How to Train Your Dragon.[392]
  • 1 April 2012: Season 2 of Game of Thrones begins airing on HBO.
  • 10 April 2012: HBO officially commissions a third season of Game of Thrones.[393]

Season 3 pre-productionEdit

  • 1 June 2012: It is revealed, via Twitter, that Kerry Ingram is going to play Shireen Baratheon.[394]
  • 22 June 2012: It is announced that Season 3 of Game of Thrones will be partially filmed in Morocco.[395]
  • 27 June 2012: HBO confirmed that Daniel Minahan, Alik Sakharov and David Nutter will be returning to direct episodes in the third season, as well as the news that producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will also co-direct. Alex Graves and Michelle MacLaren are confirmed as joining the directing roster for the season.[396]
  • 28 June 2012: Charlotte Hope is confirmed in the role of Myranda.[397]
  • 30 June 2012: Clive Russell is confirmed in the role of Ser Brynden Tully.[398]

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