March 30, 2012 – Game of Thrones on HBO is set to start in two days and the producers of the show spoke to ew.com about the show from where it has come to where it is going.
One of the questions asked was about book 3 and how they would film it. They want to split it into two seasons, but don’t want to have it come off as a two-part type of story. In other words they want each season to be its own entity. Of course season 2 has to air first before they can get to season 3, but it is good that both David Benioff and Dan Weiss are excited to tackle the next part of the series.
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Book 2 in the series has a lot going on, and even more characters added to further tell the stories and filming it had to be just right, because first and foremost the producers/writers want to make sure the book fans are happy, but at the same time, they don’t want to alienate the viewers and if season 1 is any indication, season 2 is gearing up to be the same way; that perfect blend of book telling and TV telling.
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According to Weiss the biggest challenge of season 2 was:
It’s a bigger fish to fry. It needs to be real battles and dragons and direwolves. And we’ve got all these characters that you’ve hopefully have fallen in love with that we need to keep vibrant. We’ve got all these new people who hopefully will be equally compelling. The way George has dealt with that challenge is to start making the books longer. We will have that luxury if we’re lucky enough to be allowed to continue making the series. But in terms of each season, we got 10 episodes, and that’s literally all that’s conceivable to [produce] of this particular show.
With that said the other big hurdle is of course the budget. So far I was not able to see actual numbers per se, but it has to be huge because there is this particular battle that was beyond epic in the book and so far these guys are being as true as they possibly can to George R. R. Martins’ vision and from the interview they were able to get what they needed to make sure the battle comes off without a hitch.
Though Martin has not finished the last book as of yet, chances are that all of the books will be turned into a series. In fact it almost seems like a forgone conclusion because the level of extreme love for the series is one that it would be a great disservice if the series was not completed visually.
You can read the rest of the interview here and see that these two guys (Weiss and Benioff) get that Thrones is that good and they apparently want to honor what is written.
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