Game Of Thrones writing and production

Analysis of Game of Thrones script
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Game Of Thrones writing and production

Media and genre

The US TV series Game of thrones adapts a saga of heroic fantasy novels – A Song of Ice and Fire – whose writing by George R. R. Martin started in 1991, and whose first tome was released in 1996.
This makes the work crossmedia: transposed from a media to another.

The script of the series is a collective work to which the author of the novels took part (he wrote for example the episode 2 of season 2 and the episode 7 of season 3).


The main scriptwriters of the TV series are:

  • David Benioff, screenwriter and the son of Stephen Friedman, an important executive in the US administration.
  • Daniel B. Weiss, specialized in game design – he adapted the videogame Halo into a TV series.

The website of HBO also mentions :

  • Bryan Cogman, “Executive Story Editor
  • Vanessa Taylor, Author
  • Jane Espenson, Author
  • George R.R. Martin, Author

Production and reception

Produced by TV channel HBO, the 2 first seasons of Game of thrones were shot in Europe (mainly in Northern Ireland, Malta and Croatia) and Morocco between 2009 and 2011.

Season 1 was released in 2011 and season 2 in 2012, in several languages on several continents : USA, Brazil, Europe, Africa…, over several channels: mainstream channels, on-payment channels, TV series channels…

The critical acclaim and the reception by the audience were very good; the series obtained prizes and awards, especially for its actors, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister or Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.


The series does not use famous/Hollywood actors, but confirmed british actors.

The story

The main story tells a generalized struggle for power between a few aristocratic houses – mainly the Lannister, the Stark and the Baratheon – who fight to get control over the Iron Throne, in a medieval, epic and fantastic world.


Our analysis consists in:

  • A full scene by scene summary and commentary of seasons 1 and 2, listing all the noticeable effects.
  • A detailed commentary about the hundreds of plots that counts the series, and a reconstitution world by world of the main plots of Westeros, King’s Landing, Winterfell, the Ice Wall and Pentos.
  • A detailed commentary about the characters, their around 174 actantial roles and their thematic properties (family links, power relationships…)
  • A study of the medias and genres crossed along the series (television, literature, epics, fantastic, medieval novel…)
  • A study of the registers and tones (eroticism, humor, tragedy, politics, military chronique…)

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