When Game of Thrones returns for Season 3 next March, fans will be getting even more from Westeros than they have in previous seasons. Series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff revealed that while there will still be 10 episodes in Season 3, they will be much longer. Here's what D.B. Weiss had to say about the extended episodes.
"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."
David Benioff also chimed in on this "super-sized season."
"A super-sized season, as befitting Storm of Swords. Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57."
The Season 3 finale is expected to run well over an hour, which will require the producers to get special permission from the network. The show's pilot episode, "Winter is Coming" and the Season 2 finale, "Valar Morghulis" both ran over one hour long.
The Season 3 Premiere debuts Sunday, March 31 on HBO.