Game of Thrones, Breaking the Time Barrier
Before I go on and say what’s got my head buzzing, let me explain. I am not just a Game of Thrones fan who fell in love with the HBO original series. My obsession with George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world spans a generation. I read the first book many years ago when a friend passed it on to me, telling me that I would love it. I have since passed the books on to friends and family, even going so far as to buy an extra copy to give away. I visualized the book as a movie, but that would have been impossible; HBO has made the impossible possible for me. I can’t get enough Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones fans might lose their heads for season three in light of breaking news from TV Line’s James Hibbard on December 18th, 2012.
The biggest production on TV of one of the biggest stories in fantasy is about to get a little, well, bigger.
With showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tackling content from the first half (roughly) of author George R.R. Martin’s largest Song of Ice and Fire novel (the 973-page fan-favorite A Storm of Swords), the writer-producer duo are delivering slightly longer episodes to the network. There’s still 10, but you’ll get a little more each week than previous seasons.
“A super-sized season, as befitting Storm of Swords,” Benioff adds. “Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57.”
In fact, the third season finale is expected to run more than an hour — a move that requires special permission from the network (previously, the show’s pilot and its second season finale exceeded an hour). Episodes are still being calibrated so exact times could change, but HBO and producers are confident the season will deliver more Thrones than ever before. Says HBO in a statement: “All 10 episodes gained a minute or two from past seasons with the finale very possibly exceeding 60 minutes.”
“So for people clamoring for another episode, it’s in there,” Weiss says. “It’s just been cut into tiny pieces.”
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday, March 31st, 2012 at 9/8c.
Game of Thrones Season 3 Cast and Crew Featurette
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