George R.R.Martin Confirms Game of Thrones Season 3 to Cover 1st half of Storm of Swords

By Jacob Klein on Apr 10, 2012 to Game of Thrones

Hot off the heels of HBO’s announcement of a Game of Thrones renewal we can now confirm even more about the new season!  Rumors had been circulating that the third installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of which Game of Thrones is based would be split into two, 10 episode seasons on HBO.  A Storm of Swords is a particularly large novel and many had speculated that it would need to be done over two seasons.  Today, the man himself, George RR Martin essentially confirmed as much. On his Not A Blog, Blog the now infamous author had this to say about the new season:

“Like the first two seasons, it will be ten episodes long. This one will cover (roughly) the first half or thereabouts of A STORM OF SWORDS, the third novel in the series.”

He also confirmed that he, himself will be writing episode seven tentatively titled “Autumn Storms“. Can we guess what that episode might be about Game of Thrones fans? (don’t spoil it for non-readers in the comments!)   We knew this would probably be the case for season 3 (a split season) but we hadn’t had word officially.  This now confirms the split season as far as we’re concerned!  Word from George R.R Martin on his official blog is a legitimate source to be sure.  We’ll wait for the official word from HBO on the announcement of a potential fourth season but if the third season covers the first half of Storm of Swords… what might the potential fourth season cover?  We await the season 4 press release from HBO itself but from what show producers, actors and now George have been saying the split-season is almost surely the direction the show will be taking.

Game of Thrones Season 3 should premiere in Spring of 2013.  Until then, Season 2 marches on!

  • Hans

    Yes! They really had to do this. Although I was really hoping they would film the 20 episodes at the same time and do a split season, like a 3.1 and 3.2 kind of deal.

    Speaking of HBO and money making, why on earth wasn’t GOT released on DVD before the holiday season? Anyone have any insight?

    • Yeah, I think they probably had trouble keeping the actors around to do 20 episodes at once, right?

  • Dreamlife

    I read GRRM’s comment as season 3 will cover 1/2 of Book 3, not that it will be split into 2 10 episode seasons. There is no official confirmation of season 4, so until that time, we may want to hold off on assuming that it is a given.

    • To be honest the split season is confirmed for me. The producers have said it, now George has said it. HBO just wants to make another big announcement about “Season 4 of Game of Thrones!” next year that will almost surely happen. this season is pulling awesome ratings and even if next year is down, they’ll at least order one more season. HBO lets shows run even when they aren’t this successful. And with all of the opportunities to sell DVDs, memorabilia etc.. HBO is going to make their 50 mil back each season. So yeah, HBO hasn’t green lit it publicly yet but assuming there is a 4th season.. which isn’t a big assumption.. it will be split into 2 parts

    • Considering that book 3 is the best book in the whole set as of yet, it would be the greatest tragedy of television to air the first part and not the second.

      GoT is making HBO a killing and it’s only gaining momentum, and will continue to do so as it hits the series’ major awesome points. Ned’s fate is only a taste of what TV fans can expect.

  • Why does no one know what the word infamous means?

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