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HBO Extends ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3

Almost an hour of additional footage will be added over the course of the ten episode third season.

Since the debut of “Game of Thrones” on HBO, the line from the network and the executive producers has always been that no more than ten episodes could be produced per season without causing significant delays.

And while the upcoming third season of “Game of Thrones” will still be ten episodes in length, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that each of the ten episodes will be a few minutes longer than the episodes of “Game of Thrones” Season 2.

“There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season,” noted “Game of Thrones” executive producer D.B. Weiss. “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.”

Executive producer, David Benioff added “Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57.”

The third season of “Game of Thrones” will adapt roughly the first half of George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords, the third novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Storm of Swords is also the longest novel of Martin’s series to date.

Additionally, the Entertainment Weekly story reveals that the third season finale of “Game of Thrones” will be over 60 minutes long. Previously, only the pilot episode and the second season finale had been longer than an hour.

“Game of Thrones” Season 3 will premiere on Sunday, March 31, 2013, only on HBO.