A Game of Pranks II
D.B. Weiss: It became very clear very early on that Alfie Allen’s performance as Theon Greyjoy in season two was going to be a standout (…) but he was still worried about the state of his role. Would he be coming back in season three? He wasn’t in book three. Were we just going to kill him? We didn’t say. Eventually, we sent him this scene:
David Benioff: We didn’t hear from Alfie for two weeks. Finally, we called him. (…) We asked him if he’d consider coming back as a zombie, which sometimes happens to people in this show. After a long silence on the line, he said he’d consider it. “It would mean having no dialogue and being naked most of the time,” we said, “but it would still be acting.”
He drew the line at naked zombie.
(“Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones”, by Bryan Cogman) (Prank One)
'Game of Thrones' producers Q&A: Why season 3 is the most epic yet
David Benioff: We always talked about doing the third book in two seasons, but it’s not quite that neat. There’s not a halfway point in the book where all the story lines break. We’re drawing things in from other books and [adding] other plot lines that were implied by the books but not shown. It’s trickier in that sense. We could easily write a show about just, say, Bronn [Jerome Flynn]. The Bronn Show.
Benioff: Good title. We could do a great half-hour comedy with Sam [John Bradley] and Gilly [Hannah Murray]. It’s an embarrassment of riches. There’s so many great characters and you want to spend more time with them. George always wanted more hours per season. And it would be great, but we just can’t. It was getting to the point where we were turning in VFX shots on “Blackwater” [last season] a week before airing. It was getting to the point where Quality Control in New York for HBO had to get the tapes couriered with 20 minutes to spare. There’s no possible way for us to do an extra hour.
D.B. Weiss: The episodes will be longer though, slightly. We’re getting a few more minutes into each episode.