Time to look three years into the past again. That particular July was a big month for Game of Thrones.
- The first and foremost reason was Sean Bean joining the cast. To be precise, and here we have to be, Winter was the first one to report it, first as a (reliable) rumour from an inside contact. The wait began, and less than a week later, the casting of Sean Bean was officially confirmed. Everyone rejoiced at the news, and the big scoop WiC.net pulled off. Those summer days full of refreshing the page until the confirmation finally came are one of my fondest memories as part of the GoT fandom.
- Alongside Bean, Mark Addy (Robert), Kit Harington (Jon), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey), and Harry Lloyd (Viserys) were all announced at the same time (well, Addy needed to finalize the contract still). Names and roles we grew to love. Kit talked about the upcoming pilot soon after for a theatre webiste.
- Three TV critics whose names we now know well joined the crowds of fans early on in fervent expectation of the show. They helped build the early hype and remained on the bandwagon ever since: James Poniewozik, Matt Roush, and Maureen Ryan.
- We also discussed the production itself. Here is one of our many speculation posts from the early days, on how to depict direwolves. Another post discussed the addition of a scene (which eventually made it into episode 2) involving Catelyn and Cersei we learned about from casting sides.