Game of Thrones: Super-Sized Episodes to Come!

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With the Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere (sort of) around the corner, David Benioff and Dan Weiss have especially exciting news for viewers:

They will be in for more pillaging than previously thought, as the 10-episode season will feel more like 11.

“There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season,” Weiss tells Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

The New Hand of The King

Season 3 will cover approximately the first half of George R.R. Martin’s "Song of Ice and Fire."

“Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57," Benioff added, referring to this as a "super-sized season."

Look for the final to actually exceed an hour in length.

Game of Thrones returns on March 31 and the Games of Thrones Season 2 DVD comes out on February 19.

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Oberyn

Thoros: You still mad at us, boy?
Gendry: You sold me to a witch.
Thoros: A priestess. I'll admit, it is a subtle distinction.
Beric: We're fighting a great war. Wars cost money.
Gendry: I wanted to be one of you. I wanted to join the brotherhood, but you sold me off... like a slave. Do you know what she did to me? She strapped me down in the bed. She stripped me naked.
The Hound: Sounds alright so far.
Gendry: And put leeches on me.
The Hound: Was she naked, too?
Thoros: She needed your blood.
Gendry: Yes, thank you. I know that.
The Hound: Could have been worse.
Gendry: She wanted to kill me. They would have killed me if it wasn't for Davos.
The Hound: But they didn't, did they? So what are you whinging about?
Gendry: I'm not whinging.
The Hound: Your lips are moving and you're complaining about something. That's whinging. This one's been killed six times. You don't hear him whinging about it.