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‘Game of Thrones’ returns


FANTASY series Game of Thrones is renewed for third installment. Meanwhile second season is currently airing on HBO.

The HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s books had a rousing end in its first season making the viewers crave for a second installment. Now back in the game, the series shows an even more promising plot anchored by brilliant writing and direction.

This epic drama is set in the world of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land whose summers and winters can last years. Created and executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones new 10-episode second season plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter dubbed as the season of the white raven.

The second installment, which has “an amazing budget” (it’s obvious in its production set and costumes), premiered with an episode entitled “The North Remembers.” In this episode, the director is able to satisfy the audience’s craving after the last season’s cliffhanger ending.

“Game of Thrones is a global phenomenon and a controversial series at the same time,” HBO Communication Manager Angela Poh told StandardTODAY, “I think you have heard in the news that it was pulled out in the UAE because some of its scenes are deemed offensive to the country’s conservative audience.”

Poh visited the country in April to meet the local media who attended the press screening of the critically-acclaimed series. She announced the exciting revelations in the second season and how the network works hard to meet the expectation of its audience.

The television executive told the press that HBO is exhausting all its effort to close the gap between the US airing and the Asian premiere of the show. According to her, the Asian broadcast of Game of Thrones is just three episodes behind (compared to an almost a year gap for the first season).

“We are trying to close the gap. Most of the shows we import from the US have to be edited or censored first to match the preference and values of our audience, also it takes time to do the subtitle,” Poh explained.

Game of Thrones airs every Saturday at 9 p.m. exclusively on HBO (8 p.m. on HBO HD), encore is every Friday at 9 p.m.

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