Game of Thrones is one of television’s most ambitious series. HBO‘s attempt at adapting George R.R. Martin‘s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire could have easily been a disaster, but thanks to the amazing work from showrunners D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, and their fantastic cast and crew the series has turned into one of the most successful HBO series to date. And as the world of Game of Thrones continues to grow and expand beyond Westeros audiences should expect the show to become more and more cinematic, says writer Vanessa Taylor.
Recently interviewed on the Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast, Taylor mentioned how she’s learning new ways to write thanks to Weiss and Benioff, specifically learning to write more visually focused scenes with larger scope,
I’ve actually been learning a particular lesson this season. My bosses [Weiss and Benioff] seem to be becoming more visual storytellers. All of the episodes of the third season seem to open with a particularly cinematic opening. And they’re less about clever dialogue and transition and more about these huge cinematic… just the visuals of it all. And so I’m really learning a different way of writing from that. Because I think it’s quite subtle and I feel like, by contrast, the writing of the second season was a bit more conventional.
The second season, while deviating from the source material more than the first, still managed to blow us all away. It featured a wonderful mix of epic and smaller, more personal moments, Will we still see that balance in season three? Hopefully, but I’m not surprised one bit that season three, adapting the first half of A Storm of Swords, is become a bigger, more cinematic production. The scope of A Song of Ice and Fire only grows with every book as more characters are introduced as well locations and histories.
Do you think this change in approach will hurt Game of Thrones for their third season or only make the hit series even better?