Game of Thrones is an American medieval fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels. The series is filmed at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, as well as on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland and in Malta, Croatia, Iceland, and Morocco.
The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in a fictional world where seasons may last for years. Centuries before the events of the first novel, the Seven Kingdoms on the continent Westeros were united under several generations of the Targaryen dynasty, who wielded the power of fire-breathing dragons until their apparent extinction. The last Targaryen king was killed in a rebellion of feudal lords led by a young Robert Baratheon some fourteen years before the events of the first novel. The story starts off as Winter is approaching and the books follow three major storylines that are divided by geography and participants. All events are told from the perspective of viewpoint characters.
The main story chronicles a many-sided power struggle for the Iron Throne of Westeros after King Robert's death in the first book, A Game of Thrones. This so-called War of the Five Kings is in full progress by the middle of the second book, A Clash of Kings, with more people gradually joining the struggle for power.
With the popularity of the series growing, HBO optioned A Song of Ice and Fire for a television adaptation in 2007. A pilot episode was produced in late 2009, and a series commitment for nine further episodes was made in March 2010. The series, entitled Game of Thrones, premiered in April 2011 to great acclaim and ratings. HBO picked up the show for a second season covering A Clash of Kings two days later.
Shortly after the conclusion of the first season, the show received 13 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. As Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for the episode "Baelor") and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
HBO announced a renewal for a third season in April 2012, ten days after the season 2 premiere. Due to the length of the corresponding book, the third season is expected to cover only roughly the first half of A Storm of Swords.
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