According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, HBO has renewed its hit fantasy series Game of Thrones for a third season.
After two seasons which will tell the stories of the first two books of James R. R. Martin's series of "Song of Ice and Fire" novels from which the characters are derived, the third season will reportedly not attempt to tell the whole epic of A Storm of Swords in one year, opting instead to break it up over two seasons, assuming that there will be a season four. While the first two seasons were ten episodes long, the network has not yet confirmed that will be the order for season three.
“As George and all his fans have said for a long time, there’s no way to do [Swords] in a single season, so it’s being broken into two,” executive producer David Benioff told Entertinment Weekly in a separate, recent interview. “We’re still kind of figuring out exactly what goes where. We don’t want it to feel like a two-part season."
Benioff has some experience with adapting big stories with high fan expectations, having been one of the writers behind X-Men Origins: Wolverine.