About the Script
Game of Thrones Season 1, how long is it?
It has 10 episodes, one hour each.
Who’s the scripts writer for the series?
D.B. Weiss and David Benioff wrote most of the episodes. The exceptions are episode four (written by Bryan Cogman), episode six (written by Jane Espenson), and episode eight (written by George R.R. Martin.
Which story part does the show premiere cover?
The show premiere starts with A Game of Thrones and ends with Jaime Lannister saying “the things I do for love”. The wedding scene is also included, but in the original book, it comes a bit later.
Then, what happens to the other episodes?
The rest of the episodes, certainly, cover the rest of the book number one. There is also a scene derived from the earlier part of the second book included in the Season 1, in which it introduces Lommy Greenhands and Hot Pie.
About the Casting
Who cast them?
Many actors were cast for the Season 1. Some of the names are Sean Bean as Eddard “Ned” Stark, Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon, Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon, Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister.
After the filming of the pilot episode was there any recast?
They had two big roles recast; Catelyn Stark and Daenerys Targaryen. Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn was replaced by Michelle Fairley, and Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys was replaced by Emilia Clarke. This demanded some reshoots as well. They also have the prolog reshot, in which two out of the three Night’s Watch members were recast. Some minor roles were also recast (they were played by extras). Grand Maester Pycelle, who was originally played by Roy Dotrice, was replaced by Julian Glover due to health problems. Similarly, Derek Halligan that should have played Alliser Thorne was replaced by Owen Teale.
Will I see my favorite minor character in the show?
Indeed, some minor characters were cut in the adaptation, but they are mostly the obscure ones. So the chances are still good. Several roles (minor ones) were made into extras who played as features. Meanwhile, the others were set to appear in the next season.
About the Filming
When was the filming of the Season 1?
The filming for the pilot episode was from Oct 24, 2009, to Nov 18, 2009. Then, the shooting of the Season 1 was from July 23, 2010, to Dec 16 , 010 (entirely, it’s about 5 months).
Where were the locations of the filming?
The pilot episode scenes were shot in Scotland mostly, Northern Ireland and Morocco. Daenerys’ scene was supposed to be in Morocco. However, it was moved to Malta. King’s Landing exteriors were also shot in Malta. Then, the location in Scotland, which is Castle Doune, was also cut. The sets for the show were created in the Paint Hall studios in Belfast while Castle Black’s set was created in Northern Ireland right at the abandoned of Magheramorne quarry. Other locations in Northern Ireland were also used for the production.
Who directed the series?
Five directors directed the Season 1. Thomas McCarthy directed the pilot episode, while the rest episodes, including the reshoot of the pilot, were directed by Alan Taylor along with Brian Kirk, Timothy van Pattern, and Daniel Minahan.
What about the air time of season 1?
The Season 1 aired on HBO from April 17 to June 19, 2011.
Can I find any teaser or trailer for the show?
Of course, there were trailers, teasers, extras videos, and features to introduce the characters released before the premiere. There was also a 14-minutes preview of the show, about half of a month before the premiere.
Is the soundtrack available?
Yes. Ramin Djawadi’s score as the soundtrack is available on iTunes and in CDs.
If I don’t subscribe HBO, is it possible to buy Game of Thrones episodes through iTunes?
No. HBO has some agreements that have been made with broadcasting partners from abroad that do not make such arrangement possible. You can watch game of thrones online on demand with HBO GO. The episodes will be available on iTunes only after the DVD/BluRay is released.
When will the DVD or BluRay boxset of Season 1 going be released?
It was released on March 5 2012 in the UK and on March 6 2012 in the US.