This Sunday, HBO will air the fourth season finale of Game of Thrones. It’s been the show’s most popular season to date and many fans of the series wish there were more than just 10 episodes a season.
Creator George R. R. Martin feels the same way. Here’s an excerpt from a new NY Times story:
As a man with an epic imagination populated by hundreds, if not thousands, of vivid characters, it would please him no end if his creation had more elbow room on HBO, where each season runs just 10 chapters.
“I wish we had more episodes,” he said, speaking from his home in Santa Fe, N.M. “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.”
He understands the calculus of budgets, though. With its far-flung location shoots — Iceland, Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia, Morocco — and all of those vast yet essential battles, one season of “Thrones” is reported to cost $60 million to $70 million. “Battles are expensive,” said Mr. Martin, who worked in TV in the 1980s, with a seasoned veteran’s resignation in his voice.
Though Sunday is the season finale, HBO has already renewed Game of Thrones for seasons five and six.
What do you think? Would you like more episodes, even if it meant that some production values would be sacrificed?