HBO's new fantasy series "Game of Thrones" has been renewed, our Rick Kissell writes, and George R. R. Martin has an announcement of his own on his blog: the novelist, who writes one teleplay per season, will pen the Battle of the Blackwater, a huge army/navy slugfest that takes up several chapters in the second book, "A Clash of Kings" (and could be, um, expensive).

"David & Dan give me the easy stuff," he writes, presumably facetiously.

This is great news for Martin and for the show's insta-fanbase, but one question a lot of folks who've read the books have been asking is how in the world they're going to do a third season of this series. "A Storm of Swords" is 1100 pages long and there's not a page without some vital piece of information.

When I interviewed David Benioff and D. B. (Dan) Weiss a few weeks ago, they said they'd either need a much longer season (which isn't really an option given the length of the seasons in Northern Ireland, where Winter Really Is Coming, nearly all of the time), or they'd need to split the book into two parts. The latter is more likely – they'd already picked a spot for the division. All I'll say is that it would end season 3 on a particuarly heartless cliffhanger.

Meanwhile, enjoy the credits sequence from the show. One cool thing [VERY MILD SPOILER WARNING]: the titles actually change from episode to episode as Dany wanders around the lands across the narrow sea. The "camera" lands in Pentos, first, then in the next ep it's in Vaes Dothrak. The whole sequence is a nice tribute to Martin himself, who is a big collector/painter of miniatures.

– Sam Thielman

 

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