Amazing news for George R. R. Martin fans and soon-to-be fans: after seeing the pilot, HBO has given the green light to A Game of Thrones, based on Martin’s bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series. The casting news caused a series of ripples last summer, and now period-film luminaries Sean Bean, Jennifer Ehle, Lena Headey, and Mark Addey will bring Martin’s books to life for ten episodes, which works out to about 70 pages of book per episode; I don’t envy screenwriters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. (That is a lie. I envy them a lot.)
Above is a photo HBO just released of the pilot’s opening scene (hey, look—winter!), and here you can see pictures of the whole cast. The premiere date has not yet been announced.
Megan Messinger is a production assistant at Tor.com, and she is already full of delicious dread for the first Big Martin-Style Spoilery Thing, You Know The One I Mean, Oh God Oh God.