Game of Thrones Shot Back-To-Back?

With a lot of acclaim and good ratings, everyone is understandably bullish about the future of HBO’s big-budget fantasy series “Game of Thrones”. Well, things may be going better than we expected.

As we’ve seen, the ten-episode first season of the show covered ‘Game of Thrones’, the first book in George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” series. The currently in production ten-episode second season will cover the second book ‘Clash of Kings’ and will premiere in April.

It has previously been indicated that show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss intend to spread the events of the third book, ‘Storm of Swords’, across the third and fourth season – a plan that will likely continue for the rest of the series.

Now, Winter is Coming reports that it’s looking like the third and fourth season will not only be ordered together but will be filmed back-to-back.

The talk has come after reports emerged that several actors have already been auditioned for characters which aren’t scheduled to show up until the fourth season. Soon after came word that much of the film crew in Northern Ireland has apparently been told of this plan and has been advised to expect nine months of filming next year (as opposed to the usual late July to mid-December shoot).

The move makes logical sense in terms of cost effectiveness and viewership stability. The site stresses however that HBO likely won’t announce anything official until season two begins so could change their minds.