How Game of Thrones Broke Literary and Television Boundaries

The principal of Curate Entertainment, Ryan Ly spent nearly a decade with Creative Artists Agency LLC in Los Angeles as a television literary agent and the head of its Television Literary Department. Ryan Ly’s accomplishments include the signing of directors, producers, and writers for watershed series such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

The latter series is based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, a literary series published in 1996 that was groundbreaking in its depiction of a fantasy world with strong parallels to historical events such as the Wars of the Roses and to contemporary society. Defined by violence and political intrigue rather than escapist magic, the saga-like series took years to pass from a fantasy audience into the mainstream.

To make a television series out of the books was considered impossible because of not only the tale’s complexity and scale, but also the material’s adult-oriented darkness. However, this did not prevent David Benioff and D. B. Weiss from envisioning the series, with the help of an adventurous studio, as an HBO production. To date, the series, filmed with a budget and scope formerly reserved for feature films, has spanned seven seasons and more than 60 episodes while remaining among the top-rated cable television series.