If you ask any fan of Game of Thrones what their favorite episode of the show's second season was, there's a very good change that they'll tell you "Blackwater." There's a reason for that; in addition to the complex morality and clever dialogue of the characters, it had some big damn explosions that looked really cool. It had a big fight scene, lots of fire, and was definitely the show has gotten to reproducing the massive scale of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Get ready for more of that in season 3.
Writer Vanessa Taylor recently shared that the series would grow "more cinematic" in the third season. Taylor, who penned the season 2 episodes "Garden of Bones" and "The Old Gods and the New," recently stated that the show's upcoming third season, slated to air next year, would feature much more of a "cinematic" feel.
"I’ve actually been learning a particular lesson this season. My bosses [D.B. Weiss and David Benioff] seem to be becoming more visual storytellers," she shared. "All of the episodes of the third season seem to open with a particularly cinematic opening. And they’re less about clever dialogue and transition and more about these huge cinematic… just the visuals of it all. And so I’m really learning a different way of writing from that. Because I think it’s quite subtle and I feel like, by contrast, the writing of the second season was a bit more conventional."
The third season of Game of Thrones will adapt the first half of the massive third book in the series, A Storm of Swords, which is certainly the most exciting and cinematic of the five books that have been released. There are lots of deaths, some pretty awesome fight scenes, and the storylines for Tyrion and Jon are just amazing. While I hope that they don't abandon the clever writing -- especially for the Lannister clan -- I am interested to see just how cinematic the series can be running on an HBO budget.
Game of Thrones season 3 will premiere March 31, 2013, on HBO. Are you excited?