David Benioff And Dan Weiss On ‘A Strom Of Swords’ And Two Days Until ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season Three Debuts, Highlight Hollywood News

With only two days to go, fans wonder if this is going to be the best season for HBO’s epic hit “Game of Thrones?”  Well, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have their opinions about that, as well as big changes coming for the new season.  “Based on what we’ve seen so far, yeah, I think it will be a “Game of Thrones” season where, much like the book, it’s building. There’s a huge amount to set up in the first two episodes. Once the season kicks into gear we’ve already seen stuff that makes me think it will be the best one yet. And it ought to be. My favorite scenes from the saga are in Book Three.” 
And Weiss added, “Once it kicks in and reaches the top of that hill and starts to roll down there’s a sheer amount of momentum. The third season has a hammering propulsion to it in terms of what’s happening. There’s major massive events happening like I don’t think we’ve ever had before … It’s our intention to make it the best season …  There are scenes we’ve been waiting for years to bring for life and they stick very closely to the source material. The third book was always a major goal line for us. We knew it would be all worthwhile if we could just get to this one. There are things in our heads for a long time that we finally get to realize.”
When speaking on the theme of the season, David Benioff said, “We keep coming back to the idea of rise and fall. So much of season 3 is seeing certain characters achieve greater power and some character characters completely fall from power.”
What about the goings-on at Kings Landing this season opener?  “Coming out of end of the last season the Lannisters, with the help of the Tyrells, had won the war. But just because they’re not fighting with maces and swords doesn’t mean a state of war is not ongoing. The people are still jockeying for position every bit as much as if they were on a battlefield. It’s just war by other means … so there’s the Lannisters we’ve loved and now there’s Natalie Dormer and Diana Rigg as [Margaery Tyrell and Lady Olenna] and the interplay between those families is so fun. You want to see what happens when they get together,” said Dan Weiss.  David Benioff concludes, “There’s a bit more stability because Tywin [Charles Dance] is back. This season everyone knows, with the possibly exception of Joffrey [Jack Gleeson], who is really in charge. But there’s still a major civil war going on with various combatants. Last season was about protecting the city from invaders; this season the threats are more internal. So there’s a lot of sniping going on. You would think that winning a major victory at the end of season two the city would come together.”
And Weiss surmises,  “But being at the top just means you’re everybody else’s target.”
“Game of Thrones” returns on Sunday night at 9 p.m. only on HBO.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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