Today HBO announced that it had picked up its epic fantasy drama series Game of Thrones for Season 3. Fortunately, not only do the producers already have a plan for what to do in season 3, but they also plans on how to tackles seasons 4 and beyond.
With Game of Throne's 10-episode second season encompassing the entirety of George R. R. Martin's second novel of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, "A Clash of Kings," fans have been curious how subsequent seasons will be handled, given the extensive length of the source material, as well as the style in which it's written.
Here's what executive producer D. B. Weiss had to say about how they're going to handle Game of Thrones season 3, 4 and beyond:
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.
Continuing, executive producer David Benioff goes on to explain their approach to adapting George R. R. Martin's fantasy series to television, and how keep a book per season isn't important.
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.”
From what Benioff and Weiss are saying about their future plans for the series, Game of Thrones fans should be excited about the impending adventures in Westeros.
With the producer's intent to tell George R. R. Marin's story first, rather than maintain the novel per season structure that some adaptions use, fans of the book series shouldn't be worried about significant absences in its translation to television.
For fans of Game of Thrones, who have no interesting in reading the source material, you'll be happy to know that the series you're watching is attempting to stay as true to the George R. R. Martin's vision as possible, without having to edit the 1000-page source material to fit into ten 1-hour episodes of television.
And if Game of Thrones' ratings continue to rise, there's no doubt that Weiss and Benioff will succeeded in their goal of telling the entire tale of "A Song of Ice and Fire" – no matter how many seasons it takes.
-Game of Thrones airs Sunday @9pm on HBO
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