The highly anticipated third season of HBO's Game of Thrones premieres later this month, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have started doing the press rounds for the series. This week, they sat down with Mother Jones (of all publications) to chat about the third season and the future of the series as a whole.
When asked how season 3 compared to the previous seasons in terms of scope, the duo replied: "It's definitely the scopiest. We're shooting in five countries, with three units and a larger cast than we've ever had before."
"[Our jobs] do not get easier [from season to season]. We thought they would. They don't," they added.
The duo also briefly talked about a mysterious scene this season that they had been anxious about adapting. Adapting it correctly, they had joked, would make their lives meaningful. "We think we pulled it off," Benioff and Weiss told Mother Jones, "but the jury is still out on life."
And, finally, they got around to chatting about the lifespan of the series. It's going to take a long time for the series to reach its resolution -- at least five more years, maybe six. Is that something that Benioff and Weiss think is possible?
"Yes, if we live that long and HBO keeps wanting to make the show," they said. "We have the opportunity here to tell a coherent story that lasts for 80 hours. And while a canvas of that size presents all sorts of storytelling problems, it also allows us to spend more time with these characters we love than we'll ever get again."
Let's hope that we do get five or six more years worth of Game of Thrones. If there is any series that deserves a proper epic build-up and finish, it's this one.
Check out the rest of the interview with Benioff and Weiss here.
Game of Thrones will premiere its third season March 31 on HBO.