Longer episodes for Game Of Thrones season 3

News Louisa Mellor
19 Dec 2012 - 14:32

Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss promise fans a "super-sized" third season of Game Of Thrones...

We've long maintained that if there's one thing that could improve an episode of Game Of Thrones, it's the addition of 9.6153% more Game Of Thrones.

Luckily, that's exactly what showrunners Benioff and Weiss have planned for season 3, which is to feature many more 57-minute episodes than the previous run of mostly 52-minute instalments.

Weiss told EW, “There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season [...] 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.”

Benioff describes it as "...a super-sized season, as befitting Storm of Swords", the third novel in George R.R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire series, the first half of which (roughly) provides the source material for the HBO show's third season.

So that makes 9 new episodes, at roughly 57 minutes each, as well as potentially, a extended season 3 finale (last year's came to a plump 70 minutes) which works out by our calculation at 9.71 hours spent in the company of Westeros' finest.

It almost makes the January, February and March wait seem do-able doesn't it?

Game Of Thrones season three starts in the US on March the 31st, and season two is released in the US on the 19th of February. 

Entertainment Weekly

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