Supersized, apparently, is the word they’re going with on this one.
According to “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, instead of the neat 50/52-minute episodes that you usually saw in the previous two seasons, the 10 episodes of Season 3 will feature longer episodes. How much longer? Anywhere from 4 to 5 minutes longer, according to Benioff.
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.
So for people clamoring for another episode, it’s in there. It’s just been cut into tiny pieces.
As expected, Season 3 of the HBO program will cover only the first half of author George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords”, leaving the second half for Season 4. That makes sense, given the heft of the novel, both in terms of page count and, more importantly, plotting. People who have read the book will no doubt be able to easily predict where Season 3’s finale will take place…
Season 3 of “Game of Thrones” returns to HBO on March 31st, 2013.
Via : EW