In a move that will shock absolutely nobody but the man who's spent the last decade in his Y2K shelter, EW.com reports that HBO has renewed it's mega-hit fantasy epic Game Of Thrones for another season. The show recently premiered its second season to blockbuster ratings, and the same audience numbers returned for week two, which rarely happens in the TV business.
Producers plan to base the third installment on the George R.R. Martin novel entitled A Storm Of Swords, the third in Martin's celebrated A Song Of Ice And Fire series of books. Unlike the current and past seasons, which each encapsulated the events of books 1 and 2 in the series, the third go-around will only cover the first half of book 3. Season 4 (and let's face it, there's going to be one) will finish the other half. This move is quite understandable when you consider the book's prohibitive length of over 1200 pages.
Executive Producer David Benioff had this to say regarding the split season approach: "“As George and all his fans have said for a long time, there’s no way to do it in a single season, so it’s being broken into two. “We’re still kind of figuring out exactly what goes where. We don’t want it to feel like a two-part season … From the beginning we’d always prayed we’d get to season three at least because, you know, two of our favorite scenes from the entire saga are in season three.”
Game Of Thrones is a rare example of a series having high expectations from fans all through it's development process, and then meeting them many times over. Some are even speculating that GOT's popularity will finally (with the groundwork laid by the Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings films paving the way of course) lead to the fantasy genre officially becoming acceptable to the mainstream at large. Sci-Fi has managed to do it, superheroes have long since done it, and now fantasy is on the cusp. If only horror would get some respect, then maybe genre cinema and TV will finally leave the "ghetto" behind for good.
Nah, probably won't happen. But we can hope.