Due to the sheer scale of the production with the massive cast and multiple units location filming in several countries, the producers of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” have previously indicated that there simply isn’t the time (or money) to do more than ten episodes a season – not without more cash and longer delays between airings.
On the eve of the show’s fourth season finale, author George R. R. Martin has expressed a feeling quite a few fans have – that ten episodes feels a bit slight. He tells The New York Times:
“I wish we had more episodes. I’d love to have 13 episodes. With 13 episodes, we could include smaller scenes that we had to cut, scenes that make the story deeper and richer.”
Martin however, who has background working on television, also understands the economics. “Battles are expensive” he says, and further episodes wouldn’t necessarily improve the show – at ten episodes the series is forced to be incredibly lean and tightly paced.
Which would you prefer, is ten just enough or too little?