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'Game of Thrones' Covers EW; Season Two Will Be Sexier, Bloodier and 'Not Just for Nerds'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 15, 2012 at 1:27PM

"Game of Thrones" is EW's next cover story (on newsstands March 16). The series' second season debuts on HBO April 1. EW promises that this season will be sexier, bloodier, more epic -- and not "just for nerds anymore"!
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"Game of Thrones"' second season debuts on HBO April 1. Thus EW's cover story (on newsstands March 16) promises that this season will be sexier, bloodier, more epic -- and not "just for nerds anymore"! The show already boasts hordes of fans (we witnessed them at Comic-Con); HBO's Michael Lombardo describes "Game of Thrones" viewers as "rabidly passionate."

Producer Dan Weiss tells EW: "There’s so many characters and locations and story lines, so many things that are atypical in television—and for good reason." And exec producer David Benioff points out: “You could do this show relatively easily with twice the money that we have, then after a couple great seasons it’d collapse under its own weight and cease to exist.”

Benioff reveals: “This season is about a country at war,..we felt like if we didn’t see the most important battle of this entire war on screen, we’re going to shortchange viewers.” They made it happen with just a 15% budget increase over last year. Lombardo says Weiss and Benioff are "not only talented writers but they're nimble," managing to pack everything in the massive battle scene onto the screen.

Check out behind the scenes videos from season two here and the trailer below:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.