Each of the ten episodes of the upcoming third season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" will run a few minutes longer than episodes in the first two seasons.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are adapting the first half of George R.R. Martin's massive third novel "A Storm of Swords" in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. This is not only a fan-favorite book, but arguably the most pivotal one in the series.
Weiss says "There's almost another full episode's worth of extra minutes spread across the season. 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."
Benioff says "A super-sized season, as befitting Storm of Swords. Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57."
The third season finale is expected to run over an hour. The new season premieres March 31st 2013.