"Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage, just like a true Lannister, walked away from the 2011 Emmy Awards with a big victory under his belt in the Best Supporting Actor category. It was the only major win for the HBO series at this year's show, but those of you who've read the books already know that we haven't seen anything yet — in other words, if you enjoyed the first season, the next season of "Thrones" is sure to deliver countless sleepless nights and an equal number of future Emmys.
"Thrones" is currently shooting its second season, taking its cues from the second novel in author George R.R. Martin's series, "A Clash of Kings." As the title implies, the next time viewers are invited to breathe in the wintery winds of Westeros, there will be many kings, many clashes, and many, many shocks and surprises.
"Everybody is in danger," co-showrunner David Benioff told MTV News on the red carpet of the Emmys last night (September 18). "It's one of the things we loved about the books, and it's true of the series as well: any of the characters, no matter how important, can die in any episode. And it's not a very special episode of 'Game of Thrones,' it's just that that's how life is in this world."
Viewers got their first taste of that stunning death-is-life philosophy in the second to last episode of "Thrones'" first season — no spoilers here, you either know what I'm talking about or you don't — and the surprises won't end there, certainly not when there's war in the mix.
"This season is kind of the drive to war for all of these different warring factions that have been building up," said Benioff's co-showrunner, D.B. Weiss. "They start to move against each other and come to blows with each other."
"A Song of Ice and Fire" purists can take heart in the knowledge that Benioff and Weiss have no intentions of straying too far away from Martin's source material, though they maintain that they'll deviate from the story's path if necessary.
"We can do what we want, there's no contract saying we have to be faithful to the books," said Benioff. "We happen to love the books, the characters in our show are quite faithful to the characters [in the books], and George R.R. Martin is a wonderful plotter so we don't want to screw anything up if we don't have to. That said, we're going to have to deviate from time to time."
Is that good news for fans of Jason Momoa? His character, the impossibly badass Khal Drogo, died quite unexpectedly in the first season, but Momoa himself has insisted that he'll make a "Thrones" comeback.
"Jason's got a big mouth, but we'll see. We'll see what happens," Benioff offered.
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