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Review: HBO's Fantasy Epic 'Game Of Thrones' Returns For A Satisfying Sophomore Season

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 30, 2012 10:00 AM
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Ever since HBO changed the landscape of television dramas back in the late 90s, a dozen other networks have stepped up to try to follow in their footsteps with their own challenging, original programming. So how does the pay cable network stay ahead of the pack? By taking risks that no other network can afford to take (literally). Many of the recent dramas in their stable have come from showrunners who have shepherded previous hits -- “Luck” from “Deadwood” creator David Milch; “True Blood” from “Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball; “Boardwalk Empire” from “The Sopranos” vet Terrence Winter; “Treme” from “The Wire” creator David Simon -- but their medieval epic “Game of Thrones” is a beast all its own. Adapted from George R. R. Martin’s popular fantasy series “A Song of Ice And Fire” by novelist D.B. Weiss and writer/screenwriter David Benioff (“25th Hour,” “Troy”), the series aims to break up each massive 800+ page book into a 10 episode season. Though sci-fi, action and even horror have made their way to the small screen, fantasy has rarely been attempted and putting the series in the hands of two writers who had no television experience was, putting it lightly, a risky move.

Watch: 9 Clips From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2 With Cersei, Tyrion, Daenerys & A Dragon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 11:12 AM
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Okay, so "Mad Men" is now out of the way and up and running after the much talked-about season premiere last weekend. But this Sunday, Twitter will light up again when HBO unveils the start of the second season of "Game Of Thrones." Winter is coming, but if you can't wait, you can get a sneak preview below.

20 Images From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2 Including Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2012 9:24 AM
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Lust, style, debauchery, adultery and more may all be back on "Mad Men" which had it's two hour season premiere last night, but for many, the spring television event of the year is the return of HBO's "Game Of Thrones." The ambitious fantasy series is back after wowing audiences and critics last year, with the second season kicking off next weekend, and a batch of new pics has arrived.

New 'Game Of Thrones' Trailer; AMC Accidentally Spoils 'The Walking Dead'; 'Terra Nova' Canceled & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 6, 2012 1:17 PM
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Several pleasant surprises and upsets are making their way throughout the television community, so let’s get things started.

Trailer For 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2, 'Mad Men' Season 5 Poster & More TV Updates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 5:07 PM
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With the Oscars now over, and putting a cap on the year in movies (for 2011 anyway) it seems now is as good a time as any to see what's happening on the small screen.

'The Descent' Director Neil Marshall To Helm Season Two Episode Of HBO's 'Game of Thrones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 6:00 AM
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You may have noticed that we're big fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones." It might have looked like some kind of swords and sorcery geekfest, but in fact, it turned out to be a rich, complex drama worthy of the best of the cable network's output, with an impeccable cast (including the Emmy-nominated Peter Dinklage, and some of the best child performances in recent memory). It's also been a solid-gold hit, and shows every sign of its cult growing as it moves into its currently-filming second season.

The Small Screen: John Goodman & Michael K. Williams Join Season 3 Of 'Community'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 11:47 AM
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Plus Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten & Liam Cunningham Play 'Game of Thrones'We don't cover a lot of TV casting here at The Playlist; when we do, it's because our favorite, or at least most promising, shows, have landed great actors. As you'll know from our list of the ten best shows of the recently completed TV season, two of those shows at present are "Community" and "Game of Thrones." The former a top-flight sitcom starring Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and a kick-ass ensemble, the latter an HBO adaptation of a popular series of fantasy novels, a show that rapidly proved itself to be the ballsiest, best-cast, best-plotted show on TV right now. And both series have just added some cast members that have made us even more excited to see their next seasons.

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