‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Gets Longer Episodes; Finale To Run Over an Hour

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game of thrones season 3 Game of Thrones Season 3 Gets Longer Episodes; Finale To Run Over an Hour

Game of Thrones Season Three is going to be massive (dare we say… epic?) in every manner conceivable. The lauded HBO fantasy television series’ ensemble cast is growing even more dense, with important new character additions such as Mance “King Beyond the Wall” Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) and the Stormcrow captain Daario Naharis (Ed Skrein) among numerous others (for much more, check out the Comic-Con cast announcement video).

Moreover, the production is expanding to include footage shot in Morocco, in addition to reusing locations in Croatia and Iceland. The former of those countries is expected to serve as the backdrop for Slaver’s Bay, which is where Daenerys “Dragon-Born” Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) ventures in George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords novel (the basis for GoT S3).

In fact, only the first half of Martin’s 973-page hardcover book (or 1,216-page paperback novel) – his heftiest A Song of Ice and Fire installment… yet – is going to be covered in Game of Throne‘s third season. That should allow more substance from Martin’s source material to be included and thus, explored in greater depth. Moreover, co-showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are going to take more time within the season to realize Martin’s half-tome on the small screen (literally).

EW is confirming that GoT S3 will be composed of 10 episodes per usual, but that each one will run an additional 4-5 minutes in length than chapters in the first two seasons. That might not seem like much, at first glance; however, in terms of the over-arching season’s narrative, it equates to a whole extra episode (in terms of total screen time).

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To quote the gentlemen responsible for keeping Game of Thrones moving full-speed ahead:

“There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season,” Weiss says. “One of the great liberties with HBO is we’re not forced to come in at a specific time. We can’t be under 50 minutes or over 60, but that gives us a lot of flexibility.”

“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.”

Similarly, the S3 finale is expected to run over an hour long, much like the original pilot episode (‘Winter Is Coming’) and Season 2′s finale ‘Valar Morghulis’. The third season’s central narrative is also expected to adhere to the structure of its predecessors – with the penultimate episode serving as the climax, prior to the finale wrapping up straggling loose ends (and paving the way for the forthcoming season).

Suffice it to say: you won’t hear us complaining about this development.


Game of Thrones Season 3 premieres on March 31st, 2013.

Source: EW

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  1. Very nice, I can’t wait for season 3. If they get ti right then it should be the best season yet.

  2. “That should allow more substance from Martin’s source material to be included and thus, explored in greater depth.” That’s good news.

  3. So if episode nine is what I think its going to be, it will be a mind blower….

    • It is. I’ve read reports that have confirmed that episode. You’ve got to figure it is episode 9, considering both previous seasons big scenes happen in the 9th episode.

    • How did you know? It IS INSANE that those things happened… I knew when they started playing the music that the starks were done for… god this show is amazing

  4. I can’t wait for season 3, the added time will do little for me because I’m always left wanting more after every episode.

  5. I never want an episode to end. Great to hear that there will be MORE of what I love.

  6. Can’t wait. The extra five minutes won’t seem like much at all but if it helps add even a tiny bit extra then no complaints here.

    They might need that extra time because I’m sure the opening credits were longer in season 2 than they were in season 1 to show the extra locations on the map so who knows how long the credits will be this time round.

    Looking forward to the goosebumps I’ll get when I hear that theme song for the first time in ages.

  7. Hope this mean that they’ll follow the book more closely like season one unlike season two.

    • You and I both. :)

  8. I think a quickiening of the pace and a more focused, pivotal story arc is what’s required of season 3. Ensure that we stay more to the characters that matter not such on those who occupy mainly two episodes and then are not seen again.

    Boardwalk Empire found its stride this year, finally hitting the great heights of greatness that its promised do so much without delivering. I can only hope that Game Of Thrones does the same next year.

  9. Please please include the SPOILERS: red wedding.

  10. The actor that plays Peter Baylish (little finger) would make a fantastic Dr. Strange. Thor 2 is directed by someone who has directed episodes of Game of Thrones… hopefully I get what I want, but I doubt it.

  11. OMG I can’t freaking wait! ALso cannot wait until the Red Wedding (SO many people are going to be so PO’d)

  12. Please please look at the story and interpret, sex is only how people really want to see it and it is a basic human instinct but it is condusive to the production. No TV’s in those days, they went to bed at dark, and rose at daybreak, how do you think people ‘entertained themselves’ and yes they were much more open about human instinct than we are today, are we grown-up’s or ten year old kids?
    Full praise to all the actors and especially to those who participate in the sex scenes, these books and I have read them all can’t wait for the next instalment are the finest that I have ever read, and the production is without fault. Finally there is an ON and OFF switch.
    Keep up the exceptional writing GRRM and HBO you have done a superb job also.

  13. I hope they don’t go exactly like the source material, that means some of my favorite characters will die, I hope the tv show lets them live! lol, either way I just can’t wait for the season to start, this show has put a spell over me like no other tv show I have ever seen, and like a previous comment want the episodes to last forever! If only I had a device to jump into that universe, I like to think westeros exists on some timeline somewhere!

  14. Book 3 is definitely my favorite. I hope they do it right and kill the characters that are supposed to die. Don’t let them live just because the TV fans like them. It will ruin the end goal of the series. If it stays true to the book like season 1 did, we are in for one hell of a ride

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  16. Her name is Daenerys “Stormborn” Targaryen. Not “Dragon-Born” XD

  17. Kind of not fair to any of the other shows on HBO, was wondering were all the money for production was going, now I know.

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