New directing power officially added
By Hear Me Roar on in Filming, News, Speculation.

Do you still remember this post of ours from ten days ago? I know, in the teaser trailer frenzy things get forgotten and overlooked. What should not be let to pass unnoticed, is the recent confirmation of the information we had: Brian Kirk was added to the team as the director of two episodes. According to this tweet, courtesy of The_Rabbit’s inquisitive efforts, he started working (on the preproduction) already last week. Read more about Kirk’s experience and Winter’s opinion of him in the original post.

Hear Me Roar: So now this is official. Speculation corner: who is taking the helm for the reshoots? If Kirk, does this count as the first of the two episodes, or is he doing episodes 2 and 3, regardless? The fact that he started working on the project early suggests close co-operation with Tom McCarthy, the director of the pilot, who is passing the torch to his successor. Either way, it seems that this dinamic duo is going to be responsible for establishing the tone of the series from the director’s perspective.


  1. sjwenings
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Doesn't seem to me that this guy is "worthy" of setting the tone of the series. Directing later episodes – sure, but…

  2. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Well, he does have experience with many top series, and was nominated for Irish Flim and Television awards regularly. McCarthy is still the main guy, and has already done the most important job with the pilot.

  3. @westerosorg
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Can't help but note that I had it confirmed from HBO the evening before THR's article. It was a nice moment! :)

    Hoping to hear back from them soon on another direction query.

  4. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Well done, Ran and Westeros! It really is cool to be in official contact with the guys, isn't it? :) missed this tweet, but looking forward to more information.

  5. Alex
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    This guy directed episodes of Dexter and Tudors. It's good enough for me.

  6. Mormegil
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Not sure if this has been mentioned before but it looks like a couple new editions of "A Game of Thrones" are to be released in the US on 22nd Feb 2011. I'm guessing they will have covers tied into the show or at least a "Now a major HBO show" sticker.

  7. humusTaster
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a good choice, I wish him to do well, his success is also ours.

  8. TheOldBear
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    A comment about SPOILERS. WiC, please follow in GRRM's example and implement a strict no spoiler policy on this blog. The comments are rife with insensitive spoiler posts and are sure to ruin the surprises in the story for many people who come to this site who have never read the books. Thank you.

  9. John
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    No please don't. We'd rather discuss the actual storyline.

  10. Nemo
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I think that the spoiler warnings wouldn't be out of place (and some posters are already following that style), but the strict no spoiler policy would be too much. It would kill the discussion.

  11. The_Rabbit01
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I think that the biggest problem is that WiC has not got Ty (GRRMs personal assistant) to do the checking of the posts. :)

    Although I can agree that spoiler policy is useful and fair, but somehow I think if it is too rigid, it would "kill" the discussion on the WiC blog, at this stage.

    It is up to us to use the words !SPOILER! or something similar to mark the spoilerish content.

  12. sjwenings
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, whats the suggestion here anyway? Banning all users that spoils something?

    Maybe putting up a warning on the frontpage to remind people to be vary of spoiling stuff like main character xxx dies by the end of book number x. But a "real" no spoilers-policy would do more harm than good here.

  13. shadallion
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Ridiculous, this is a fan site. We talk plot. Caveat emptor.

  14. Nymeria
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
    I totally agree about the Tollymore Forest!

  15. Nymeria
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I've never actually seen it, but it looks awesome in the teaser and the first released still!

  16. Snowfell
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Has it been mentioned, maybe already long ago, that one can vote Game of Thrones as the "Most Anticipated New Show of 2010-2011 Season" in something called "Tubey Awards" by Television Without Pity:

  17. dizzy34
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I imagine this place will start getting heavy traffic (if it hasn't already, Winter could tell us that) so there should probably just be a caution next to the comments link. I don't think adopting a spoiler free policy would fly around here.

  18. The_Rabbit01
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link.
    It is always good to know about and to vote for GoT.

  19. Winter Is Coming
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Hadn't seen that before, thanks for the heads up!

  20. Winter Is Coming
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Yes, yesterday was our heaviest trafficked day ever. By a pretty good margin too.

    I'll be adopting a more official spoiler policy once the site redesign goes live and, rest assured, it won't interfere with any discussions.

    For now, just try to be mindful of possible new fans and keep spoilers to a minimum and if you need to talk about something spoilerish, give fair warning.

  21. sjwenings
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink


  22. Stella Maris
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Here's hoping we get legitimate spoiler or cut tags, a la livejournal or the many forums out there.

  23. go_falcons
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Still, no reason we can't be civil and post spoiler warnings.

  24. @Vohdre
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I voted. However, I worry about any poll in which it appears that Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles won like every category last year.

  25. spacechampion
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    For those looking through the polls, it is the 24th poll.

  26. Stella Maris
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Awesome, voted.

    Also, trying to figure out how Vampire Beehl and SOOKAHHH are not listed on the ballot for "Worst Romantic Relationship"…

  27. Liesie
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Voted as well =) and I wish Mr. Kirk goodluck with our GoT

  28. Ser_NA
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    This is the one thing I'm worried about. Just like McCarthy, Kirk has NO experience with large ensemble casts on the level of Thrones. I hope they'll both do well, but I'm concerned that they won't handle it properly.

  29. dizzy34
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Just curious how many hits you get?

  30. dizzy34
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Voted too…(i'm such a represent'n geek)

  31. dizzy34
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Agreed…why are all the other characters on True Blood so much more interesting than Bill and Soookaahhh?

  32. Winter Is Coming
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Over 17k. Beat the previous record of 12k which occurred when the series got the greenlight. :)

  33. humusTaster
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Winter can restrict posting comments only to registered users, that can do some screening. most of the regular folks here are alright spoilers wise.

  34. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I like the "visitors" count even better. Only counts distinct addresses viewing the site. Great numbers per day, imagine so many different people following the site each day…

  35. humusTaster
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    in Sanskrit it means happiness, bliss.
    in russian it means bitch.

    maybe it has other meanings I don't know.

  36. Lex
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Will there any sort of ASOIAF expert on site, during the filming? Obviously the directors can't be expected to know the books very well, especially if they're only directing one or two episodes. What if one of them suggests something which would contradict an element from the books. Are D&D in charge of that?

  37. Lex
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    PS I'm against banning all spoilers, but I DO think it might be a good idea to at least do something like this:


    Hot Pie dies.

  38. Ser_NA
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Maybe you should apply for the job lex.

    Of course, they do have George. ;)

  39. Syleon
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, as long as their is fair warning then it should be fine. Frankly it's hard to make a fan page with a shit ton of speculation sans spoilers. If new readers ignore the warning, it's up to them to deal with the consequences of knowing that… (SPOILERS!)

    —- Will, and Waymar die in the prologue! Oh Em Gee!

  40. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    They have a guy hired to creat Dothraki. I'm sure there will be some kind of resident ASoIaF nerd on set to make sure things stay true. The more relevant concern I have about staying true to the books would be creative choices that differ from the original story that may come back to bite them down the line since the books aren't finished yet. EXAMPLE D&D decide to answer the Syrio Forel question once and for all by presenting a much less speculative result of his sparring sessionwith Meryn Trant by showing what happens after Arya leaves. If he gets run through in the series, but GRRM decides to bring him back later (as a FM or otherwise) in the books, it presents a huge problem. Just an example here. but you see how filming the series with books yet to come out could be troublesome. Fortunately D&D have GRRM to consult with in relevant areas. It should prevent major continuity issues, but there might be smaller ones that crop up.

  41. Tysnow
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    What about using some sort of spoiler invisitext, so the person has to right click and drag across the spoiler to enable the text, otherwise they can skip to the non-spoiler info below the hidden spoiler text.

  42. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    So very true! Love the Show but if they cut out Bill and Sookie I don't think I'd mind. Pam is quicly becoming one of my favourites

  43. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    George's policy makes a bit more sense (though I have always questioned the priorites of anyone with reading time who chooses to lurk on boards when they haven't finished the source material yet) on his Not-A-Blog that it does here. George's site is first and foremost about the books. He has to consider that people who are interested but who have not yet read the story may be heading over to his site to check things out for the first time. Indeed, as the hype grows, his site is sure to become a much busier place. Also, his blog isn't really the place to discuss what happens in the books or any theories one may have about the plot. Its more of a spot for George to let lose his feelings on topics as varied as writing progress (albiet rare), politics and sports. Its also a hub for news (even though he has an official news section he usually give us info on the blog as well). It makes sense to keep spoilers out of that forum because someone may not know what they are getting into.

  44. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    This site however, is and has been from its inception an area for discussion, speculation, and comparison (of what will be different from book to seies). Restricting spoilers here would kill alot of the discussion (and fun) we have been having for years now waiting for this to get going. That said, Winter knows what he is doing. A warning on the main page and spoiler warnings should be sufficient steps to keep people from ruining their reading (or viweing) experience.

  45. Stella Maris
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Between Pam's Gene Wilder-esque "Oh, please, don't go down there", Lafayette's "bitch, the you/me bridge ain't never happening", and Andy's "conscience off, dick on" one-liners last Sunday…oh man, I am totally pumped for this season of TB. It's weird to love the minor characters more than the major ones.

  46. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    That's what I love about True Blood. The minor characters are so well written and distinct from each other. Everyone of them has their own warped world view. I love Terry, and he's had what…10 lines per season, so far? If that?

  47. Mormegil
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Apparently actor finn Jones has been cast as Loras.

    News posted on his girlfriends facebook page according to this

  48. Mormegil
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:37 am | Permalink
  49. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    If its ture, the kid will make a great Loras from a look sstandpoint!

  50. Conquest
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Oh, man. Having to choose between The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones was PAINFUL. I am looking forward for both shows! But ultimately I had to choose…Game of Thrones :)

  51. Stella Maris
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I love it.

    I mean….


    The only character I hate with a passion is the Queen. Or rather, I am angry because there was so much potential and I know what could have been, but between bad writing and terrible acting by ERW…well…I think that's the only role that's beyond saving.

  52. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Yeah…I try to ignore her… I hope she dies soon…

    Posted June 16, 2010 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    help spread the word vote for GAME OF THRONES

  54. ogbebaba
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    and remember vote on your computer, vote at work, vote on your phone, vote on your friends computer.

    your not cheating your just casting other peoples votes for them :)

  55. dizzy34
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    You guys deserve everyone and then some for all your work.

  56. Critical_Geek
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    On the spoiler issue:
    The game has changed as of HBO having an official site, so far as any "this is the way the site has always been" arguments. NOW is a critical moment to make the decision to force Spoilertext or not. Whatever you have planned in changing this site, WIC, the SPOILER policy and tools are now at their critical importance. The longer the site goes without a spoiler policy, the more entrenched a spoilery atmosphere will remain.
    Now, if that's what you want here, never mind me. :)

  57. Nymeria
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    @ WIC
    I guess since it's official you can now add Kirk to your crew list :)
    Also, your FAQ page is in need of an update (Emilia Clarke isn't mentioned in the cast list, the production start date still says June)… and of course, don't forget to add the official GOT-dedicated HBO subsite to your links!

    …whenever you have time, of course!

    Keep up the good work!

  58. Nymeria
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:40 am | Permalink


    Also, just a suggestion… it might be nice to have an album with all the fan-made wallpapers, photoshopped pictures, etc. (properly credited, of course), so they don't get buried in the threads never to be seen again…
    We've seen a few already, but I expect more could be coming… and it would be more convenient for the rest of us to admire, comment (maybe?) and download :)

    I understand that this isn't a forum, so you don't want to keep a thread active forever, but this could act more like a library and maybe have it's own link in the top menu … It all depends of course if you're ready to transfer the links yourself in the library (more things to manage, I know) or if you would let the artists who are interested to share their art post it there themselves.

    Something to consider maybe when you redesign the site…

  59. Brude
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Unless they worked on "The Wire," then pretty much nobody does. The shows he has worked on do have fairly large ensembles, though. It's a matter of degree, and besides, not every episode will have every minor character in it. It's likely a good number of members of that ensemble won't be in whatever episodes he works on.

  60. Brude
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    This seems to have the ring of truth about it. We'll see soon enough, of course. I don't know the guy's work but he certainly looks the part, ringlets and all, so I'm cool with him at least as far as that goes.

  61. Lex
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    VERY good idea, I've had trouble locating old fan art on here.

  62. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Coming soon …

  63. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Updated! Link to come.

  64. Nymeria
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that was fast!

  65. Winter Is Coming
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Link added. :)

    Thanks for the reminder Nym!

  66. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Wondering about one thing: are we still keeping the link to Jennifer Ehle Fan Blog?
    Just asking.

  67. Winter Is Coming
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Nah, we can probably get rid of that one.

    Consider it gone. :)

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