"Sexposition" was coined by the US blogger and critic Myles McNutt to describe the many and varied scenes in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones that play out against a backdrop of sex and nudity. "I felt this particular trend within the series was something that we as critics should be talking about," he says via email.
SNL - Game of Thrones
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Funeral resource guide -- yes, that's right -- Funeralwise.com conducted a study of 40 kill-happy TV series and found that Spartacus: Vengeance topped them all, by a healthy margin, in weekly body counts.... Coming in a not-so-close second place to Spartacus was Game of Thrones. Despite its high mortality rate, especially among primary players, the HBO show was 16 corpses behind Spartacus with 14 per episode.
$50 million-$60 million: The estimated budget for the series.
$2.5 million-plus: The amount episodes are fetching overseas. (It’s already HBO’s best-selling series abroad more than 50 percent above the international price tag for The Sopranos.)
250: Approximate number of extras used on the biggest day of production.
162: Total number of speaking roles in the series. (Seventeen cast members’ names appear during the opening credits).
150: Number of full sets of armor created for the series.
The production spent 133 days filming in Belfast and 37 in Malta. The crew shot simultaneously in Northern Ireland and Malta for six weeks. Some basic sets from the feature film Your Highness, which filmed before Thrones, were recycled from The Paint Hall Studio in Belfast.
The network spent $5 million-$10 million on the pilot to bring castle Winterfell to life.
When Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss needed a language for the Dothraki, Martin’s race of nomadic warriors, they turned to the Language Creation Society. The LCS solicited and vetted a number of proposals for the Dothraki language from its pool of experts, with [David J.] Peterson’s proposal ultimately being selected by the Game of Thrones production team. Peterson drew inspiration from George R.R. Martin’s description of the language, as well as from such languages as Russian, Turkish, Estonian, Inuktitut and Swahili. However, the Dothraki language is no mere hodgepodge, babble or pidgin. It has its own unique sound, extensive vocabulary of more than 1,800 words and complex grammatical structure.
Says costume designer Michele Clapton:
“When you are shooting in HD, breaking down a costume can’t be done too quickly or it will show,” Clapton explains. “You spend two weeks breaking down, patching, dying, repatching. Then you trash it, age it, then trash it again and repair. You can’t just stick a couple of patches on it and spray it with dirt because that is exactly what It will look like on HD televisions.” And yes, even the women’s court gowns are aged.
Northern Ireland Screen can confirm that production for the third season will be based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Game of Thrones has received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The series will shoot in the Paint Hall film studio and the new sound stages in Belfast, the Linen Mill Film Studios in Banbridge, as well as various locations in Northern Ireland.
Game of Thrones is having a striking impact in the modern real world of harsh economics. For the hit Home Box Office series has generated a direct spend in the Northern Ireland economy of £43m, Industry Minister Arlene Foster has revealed.
With its popularity swelling and no easy way to watch for viewers without cable, HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” is inspiring massive levels of piracy, according to numbers from the BitTorrent-tracking and analysis firm Big Champagne. By the firm’s rough estimate, the second season of the show has been downloaded more than 25 million times from public torrent trackers since it began in early April, and its piracy hit a new peak following April 30th’s episode, with more than 2.5 million downloads in a day.
“It certainly appears to be the most pirated show of the year,” says John Robinson, a senior media analyst with Big Champagne.
Thrones currently averages 10.3 million viewers per episode once all viewing is tallied, including repeats, OnDemand and HBO Go. That makes Thrones the third most-watched series of all time in HBO’s history.
Game of Thrones - Behind The Scenes
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Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; and all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men, all will play the Game of Thrones.