This week’s issue of the TV Guide magazine (out today) is Game of Thrones themed. An online preview of their coverage of the new season is already available, as are three alternative, collectible covers of this newest double issue. What will it be, the Starks, the Lannisters, or the Queen across the Narrow Sea? Peruse the images and make your choice.
HBO execs are more than happy with the budgeting and what it delivers, by the way:
HBO won’t confirm the reported cost of $50 million for all 10 episodes, but programming president Michael Lombardo says the price tag “is not totally out of line.” (The special-effects budget is on par with Season 2′s but is spread out over the episodes instead of concentrated on one big one, like “Blackwater.”) “This series is a prototype of what you can do with really good planning and smart producers,” Lombardo says. “They make a cost-effective show and deliver incredible production value. We’re competing against huge feature-film budgets to deliver the same experience.”
A behind-the-scenes video from the cover shoot is embedded at the end of the post. Check here for some great B/W character portraits as well.