You have already heard me comment on the possibility that HBO may be prepared to announce that they have ordered a full first season of Game of Thrones. Certainly there is quite a bit of speculation involved, so we will have to wait for official word before getting too excited.
Anyway, let’s assume they don’t announce a pickup soon and follow the traditional route of viewing the pilot before making a final decision. How long will it be before that decision is made? A reader forwarded me this article about the pilot of Tremé. A good read and it also holds some clues as to when we can expect HBO to make a decision on the Game of Thrones pilot. Specifically this portion:
The pilot and scripts are due by the end of May, and a decision should follow in mid-June. “They don’t wait as long as some others,” says Tremé associate producer Laura Schweigman about HBO.
So essentially we are looking at a possible 2-3 week wait after the pilot is completed and presented to HBO. We know they are planning on filming in October, how long of a shoot it is scheduled to be is unknown however. Tremé shot in 17 days, Boardwalk Empire‘s filming is scheduled to last 50 days. I would guess that Thrones would be somewhere in the vicinity of 3-4 weeks. Assuming that they start filming in Oct, wrap in Nov, give them two months of post-production and we are looking at a final decision by HBO in Jan/Feb 2010.