Two more days. Just a couple more days until HBO’s Game of Thrones unveils its season 3 premiere. Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke to EW during our Belfast set visit last fall and shortly after filming concluded in January about the eagerly anticipated third season.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Most consider George R.R. Martin’s third Ice and Fire novel A Storm of Swords to be his best book. Will this likewise be the best Game of Thrones season yet?
Benioff: Based on what we’ve seen so far, yeah, I think it will be a Game of Thrones season where, much like the book, it’s building. There’s a huge amount to set up in the first two episodes. Once the season kicks into gear we’ve already seen stuff that makes me think it will be the best one yet. And it ought to be. My favorite scenes from the saga are in Book Three.
Weiss: Once it kicks in and reaches the top of that hill and starts to roll down there’s a sheer amount of momentum. The third season has a hammering propulsion to it in terms of what’s happening. There’s major massive events happening like I don’t think we’ve ever had before … It’s our intention to make it the best season … There are scenes we’ve been waiting for years to bring for life and they stick very closely to the source material. The third book was always a major goal line for us. We knew it would be all worthwhile if we could just get to this one. There are things in our heads for a long time that we finally get to realize.
Benioff: We always said if we can make it to season three that we’re going to be on for a long, long while.
Weiss: I don’t think [fans will] make it through this season and feel, “Eh, I’m done with that.”
Benioff: Unless we really f–k it up.
Weiss: Which is always possible.
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