And all the people said, ‘Amen’.
Seriously, however of this story George R.R. Martin has in his head (and please, dear Lord, his notebooks), that’s how much I want to see HBO make. All of it. Don’t tie us up a season too soon, or squeeze in two books for one. Continue the amazing and delightful thing that you’ve begun. Give us 100 hours of continues epic story across a world as rich and wonderful as our own, but dusted with magic and marvels. Give us The Wire meets Lord of the Rings.
With season two of “Game of Thrones” just getting under way, viewers are currently waiting to find out what nastiness Jon Snow witnessed in the woods and how Daenerys and her dragons will exit a seemingly endless desert. HBO, however, has already set its sights on season three with today’s announcement that the fantasy series had been renewed. It’s no surprise—HBO often signals support for its shows by timing renewal announcements to their premieres. Plus, “Game of Thrones” is a hit. The season two opener grossed 8.3 million viewers, and last week the show based on George R.R. Martin’s book series picked up a Peabody Award.
Even before getting this official green light, producers had been scouting international locations with HBO’s blessing. That’s due to the complexity and high costs of the production. Season two, for example, was shot in Northern Ireland, Croatia and Iceland. Two crews shot simultaneously, occasionally in two different countries. Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, has asked for more advance planning. “With most shows you don’t have those conversations until you greenlight the season,” he said in an interview last month. “I’ve learned that on ‘Game of Thrones’ I need to hear earlier on what the challenges are for seasons we have yet to visit.”
As they plow onward through the books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss face an increasingly complex task: condensing Martin’s multiplying characters and sprawling narratives. Their description of their writing process, however, is simple: “One guy writes the first half [of the script], the other guy writes the second,” Benioff says, “and then we swap halves and rewrite each other.”