Game of Thrones: Super-Sized Episodes to Come!

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With the Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere (sort of) around the corner, David Benioff and Dan Weiss have especially exciting news for viewers:

They will be in for more pillaging than previously thought, as the 10-episode season will feel more like 11.

“There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season,” Weiss tells Entertainment Weekly. “One of the great liberties with HBO is we’re not forced to come in at a specific time. We can’t be under 50 minutes or over 60, but that gives us a lot of flexibility.”

The New Hand of The King

Season 3 will cover approximately the first half of George R.R. Martin’s "Song of Ice and Fire."

“Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57," Benioff added, referring to this as a "super-sized season."

Look for the final to actually exceed an hour in length.

Game of Thrones returns on March 31 and the Games of Thrones Season 2 DVD comes out on February 19.

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Game of Thrones Quotes

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.

Tyrion Lannister