Yesterday we learned Game of Thrones had been greenlit for a third season and while I think not a soul was shocked we couldn’t be more stoked. Author George R.R. Martin took to his Livejournal to share some thoughts about season three and what his involvement will be,
Yes, it’s official.
HBO has ordered a third season of GAME OF THRONES.
Like the first two seasons, it will be ten episodes long. This one will cover (roughly) the first half or thereabouts of A STORM OF SWORDS, the third novel in the series.
I’ll be writing the seventh episode, with the working title “Autumn Storms.”
Martin penned “Baelor” in the first season and has written this season’s finale, “Blackwater.” Based on his track record, I’d expect “Autumn Storms” to be the game-changing episode for season three. And this is only proving how badly I need to reread these novels because, what could “Autumn Storms” be referring to?
Showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff also talked more about season three to Screenrant. Weiss had this to say about how the books will be adapted from here on out,
Well… “A Storm of Swords” is too long to fit in a single season. And as readers know, “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons” takes place during roughly the same time frame, so we’ll have to fold those together. The plan, if we’re lucky enough to be given the opportunity to see it through, is to use as many seasons as we need to tell the story as a whole, to do justice to George’s entire opus.
We’re not looking at our series as a book-by-book adaptation so much as an adaptation of George’s entire saga. In other words, in our minds season two is not “A Clash of Kings.” It is the second season of our adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
I’d actually forgotten both A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons took place around the same time, each book just focuses on different characters. And yeah, how dumb would it be to have a season of the TV show without half your characters? I’m really excited to see how they weave together the different narratives from those books.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself, we’ve only just learned we’ll be getting a season three. Though, unless something catastrophic were to happen I can’t imagine the series won’t be renewed again and again.
For those who have read the books how do you like Weiss and Benioff’s adaption? (No spoilers please.) And for the ASOIAF n00bs, have you been inspired to pick up the books or do want to learn what happens along with the show?