Game of Thrones

HBO's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' TV Show


Game of Thrones Covers EW

Or vice versa, perhaps! It looks like Entertainment Weekly has some major coverage coming this way in the coming days, both on-line and in print, with not one, not two, not three, but four collectible covers featuring Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Lena Headey.

And speaking of them… don’t miss this shot from the cast photoshoot in Belfast. Hilarious.

At the article, James Hibberd already brings a bit of news regarding budgets and effects for direwolves and dragons—go over there to check them out. There’s one bit that caught my eye, however:

“This is season is about a country at war,” says Benioff, who along with Weiss, successfully lobbied HBO for a 15 percent budget increase to stage the second season.

Interestingly, around the start of the season, a video featuring a number of producers from cable shows—including Frank Darabont of The Walking Dead and Terence Winter of Boardwalk Empire—indicated that the cablers and networks were tightening belts and either freezing budgets or, in some cases, actually asking for cuts (this was one of the reasons Darabont ultimately left—or was ousted, according to some reports—the wildly-popular TWD). Indications for the budget of this season of Game of Thrones had been about the same—more or less the same, or possibly a little higher.

But 15% higher? Interesting! I’ve reason to believe that it’s something that developed over the course of the production rather than being the plan from the get-go, and it’s a sign of HBO’s commitment to and support for the show which should be rather gratifying to fans of the series. But more on that down the road.