I forgot about the March thing. I wasn't sure if that was George saying that he was told to expect an answer in March or if March was the latest they'd hear about the news, although that does track with the previous news that some of the cast were doing other projects as late as March/April, so shooting might not resume until the early summer.
Sophie and Maisie's mums asked me when I thought the news would come through so I pointed out the previous examples we'd mentioned in the thread about Treme
and Boardwalk Empire
being greenlit within 4-6 weeks of shooting finishing, but then also pointed out that was a new project by the creators of The Wire
and another one by Scorsese, so HBO could also look at their previous form and work when making those decisions. GoT
may very well take longer, maybe a lot longer, to make a decision about, especially since the Christmas holidays may fall in the middle of deliberations. I'm still hoping for an answer in January, personally, but obviously GRRM is better-informed than me
I know I mentioned possible airdates to some people present and they seemed doubtful over 2010 and seemed to think early 2011 more likely. However, no-one on the production is involved in setting the airdates (that's a HBO company decision), so that was just us throwing guesswork around.
A yearly meet-up sounds like a good idea, but if we want to match it up with the series being in production that might not quite work out. If they are going to shoot Season 1 in the summer, I suspect they'll be well finished by next October/November. But who knows? It's very cheap and easy to get there, the hostel was perfectly decent and it was a great meet-up. Let's see how it goes