Since everyone else is making year-end lists I would feel left out if I didn’t make one myself. 2010 was a busy year of Game Of Thrones news and developments, let’s look back at some of the highlights. Here are my picks for top 5 Thrones moments from 2010:
5. Aidan Gillen cast as Littlefinger – This was one of those casting decisions that made so much sense you had a feeling it would happen. Gillen, an HBO veteran and Ireland native, fit the description of Littlefinger to a T. And he was an extremely talented actor to boot. When the announcement came, it was, for me, on the level of Dinklage as Tyrion.
4. HBO launches a production diary – Something that the fans were asking for, but I never thought would actually come to fruition. HBO had never done anything like it before. So when they debuted Making Game of Thrones it was a big “they are really listening to us!” moment. Since its launch it has been a great source of info with Cogman’s blog posts from the set, the detailed photos and the Artisan video series.
3. HBO green lights Game Of Thrones – Wait, I hear you asking, how can the greenlight NOT be number 1? While it certainly was a huge moment, and without it none of these other moments would have ever happened, but it was almost a foregone conclusion. So while it was exciting when the news finally broke, it was very expected.
2. HBO airs first Thrones teaser – Watching the first teaser now you realize they showed us next to nothing. But at the time, it was our first glimpse at the show. So it was a big deal. And that first photo they released of Ned? Still one of my favorites.
1. 11-minute behind-the-scenes feature “Inside Game of Thrones” airs – Watching this was like watching your dreams come to life. After months of imagining what these characters would look and sound like, finally seeing them act out GRRM’s scenes and utter some of his dialogue was pure joy. I couldn’t stop smiling the first time I watched it. Or the 25th.
So that’s our top 5 list. I’m sure you all have your own favorite moments from the past year as well. Share your top 5 in the comments below. Happy new year to all our readers! Here’s to 2011 being the most exciting Thrones year yet!