Game of Thrones Super-Sizes Season 3 - What Could Fill the Extra Minutes?

Game of ThronesWinter is still coming, but now it’s going to have a little extra time to get here.

Thanks to slightly longer individual episodes, the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones will feature about an added hour of footage spread over its 10 installments, EW.com reported Tuesday.

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Showrunner David Benioff tells the site that while last season’s episodes usually clocked in at about 52 minutes each, the upcoming ones are “a lot of 56, 57.” (The series needs special permission from the network to go past an hour, as it expects to when the third season bows on March 31.)

The slight episode extension made us wonder exactly which choice morsels from the first half of author George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords (which this season will cover) will make it in every week. We’ve started a semi-serious, non-spoilery list below — read it through, then add to it in the comments!

A few more minutes of Game of Thrones might mean…

• Two more incest-tinged interactions between Cersei and Jaime
• Five more skewering remarks from the inimitable Tyrion
• A scowl-and-a-half more from Arya
• Six more moments that make you want to slap Joffrey
• Two more oaths sworn by Brienne
• At least one incredibly pigheaded action by Theon
• Even more time for Daenerys to be awesome
• An extended shot of dragons circling the sky
• 50 more White Walkers scaring the bejesus out of everyone — and of course…
• At least 10 topless women

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24 Comments
  1. Liz says:

    I vote for “Even more time for Daenerys to be awesome”!!

  2. I believe a very long wedding is in order.

    • GoT Fan says:

      Not looking forward to that…

      • J says:

        Depends on the wedding. There’s one I will be VERY much looking forward to. ;)

        • *spoilers if you haven’t read the books*

          Hehe, J. I know what you’re saying but I’m afraid we won’t get that one until Season 4. (I can’t wait for it, hehehehe.) The other one though…judging from all available information…will probably be this year, and may possibly require a slot longer than an hour.

          Though- everyone keeps saying this coming season will be the first “half” of “Storm of Swords”, but the first wedding isn’t until about 2/3 of the way through the book and the second is around the 3/4 mark. I know that’s being nitpicky, but it is annoying when people who haven’t read the books and are just reporting on the show keep saying that the RW is at the end of the first half of the book.

  3. Teag says:

    Excellent. It may not seem like much but an extra 4 or so minutes is so good.

  4. rty123 says:

    Wedding feasts are long. They deserve a lot of time.

  5. Kev says:

    I wonder if a certain wedding will be all the episode focuses on, similar to last seasons Blackwater episode.

  6. Monica4185 says:

    Oh please Dany is not awesome in the books, in book 3 is when she starts become totally lame.

  7. BrianR says:

    Theon is missing and presumed dead from books 3 & 4 so you shouldn’t see him at all.

    • J says:

      TV contracts are kind of hard to do flux-style, “let an actor go and have them back later”-type stuff with. To keep Alfie Allen on contract they might create a subplot for him like with Robb in season 2.

      • Mike says:

        Yeah, based on the information provided in the later books, they can probably come up with something. As always they are adapting “A song of Ice and Fire” not specifically book by book. So if something chronologically happened during the time of Storm of Swords, it’s fair game.

    • BrianR says:

      From what I’ve heard book 3 is being split into two seasons. Now since 4 & 5 occur basically at the same time they could be split into 3 or 4 seasons given their length so Theon might crop up in season 5 sometime because you wouldn’t want to spoil it too much.

    • Strictly speaking, Jaime wouldn’t have been in more than one or two scenes last season at all, but they created additional scenes so we wouldn’t have to go so long without seeing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s purdy face.

      And I agree with Mike- they may just show us what some of that background stuff was while Theon was missing in the books as it is chronologically in sync with other plotlines that would occur in this season, even if the reader didn’t learn of his fate until later.

  8. raftrap says:

    Rickon Stark says a word.

  9. Potentially spoilery, but vague enough not to give much away:

    • Two more incest-tinged interactions between Cersei and Jamie
    Thankfully, no.
    And nitpick: it’s spelled Jaime.
    • Five more skewering remarks from the inimitable Tyrion
    I’m hoping for 50 more.
    • A scowl-and-a-half more from Arya
    I’m really looking forward to Arya’s story from here on out, but she’ll scowl a lot more probably for the next two seasons or so. Granted, she has a lot of good reasons to risk her face getting stuck like that.
    • Six more moments that make you want to slap Joffrey
    Well…that’s just a given. And, don’t you think six is a little light?
    • Two more oaths sworn by Brienne
    Perhaps…depends on where they end the season.
    • At least one incredibly pigheaded action by Theon
    Not impossible if they mix action between different books, but unlikely if they’re following Storm of Swords. Then again, most of Dani’s storyline from last season was total fabrication just for TV, so it’s possible that the showrunners take on some artistic license. Also, Jaime wouldn’t have had too much to do last season at all in the books, and they did include more scenes for him so that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau would have some screen time.
    • Even more time for Daenerys to be awesome
    Again, another given. And she does start doing some laudable things in Storm of Swords, but I wonder if they’re going to mess with her character arc this season in the same way they did last season.
    • An extended shot of dragons circling the sky
    Possibly, the babies are developing.
    • 50 more White Walkers scaring the bejesus out of everyone — and of course…
    I’m hoping S3 begins EXACTLY where S2 left off. [Spoiler: SAM THE SLAYER!]
    • At least 10 topless women
    What? ONLY TOPLESS?

    What I’m looking forward to most: The Brienne and Jaime Show, starring The Maid of Tarth and The Kingslayer.
    Prediction for Most Improved Character, Season 3: Jaime Lannister.

  10. TheOnlyAvenger! says:

    “What Could Fill the Extra Minutes?”
    Extra minutes.. What?
    The best book in the entire saga – “Storm of Swords” – has been split into 2 books which in itself will be hard enough to adapt for just 20 episodes. There won’t be any time left for filler.
    Also, why not think about the women and gay guys and give 10 perfect and naked men.

  11. MC says:

    I want more of Lady Stark! she’s awesome!

  12. Joyce says:

    These books are incredible. I hope the series stays closely
    In sync with them. It will be fantastic to watch everything come to life and come to pass.

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