Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have revealed that they will not be sticking to the letter of the novels the series is based on, when it comes to filming season two.
Production on the second run of the show starts in Belfast next month and speaking to The LA Times, the super TV team revealed that they were keen to bring back some characters who don’t appear much or at all in the second novel of the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Weiss revealed that he championed the comeback of Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark, The King Of The North, explaining:
“In the book there are a couple of characters who have more of an offscreen role and come back in Book 3. But in the case of, say, Robb Stark — played by Richard Madden — he has more of an offscreen presence in the book, but Richard did such a fabulous job once his character came to the fore, he so commanded the screen that we realized there’s no way to talk about this guy and not have him in the show.”
“So there are people offscreen in the book who we are going to write onscreen in the show to make sure people who viewers have fallen in love with are still there in the second season.”
Benioff went on to point out that Jaime Lannister will also be back, saying:
“In the case of Jaime Lannister, he’s got one scene in the second book, but he’s such an important character we want to see more of him. There’s fluidity in that certain scenes from the third book find their way into the second season just as certain scenes from the second book find their way into the end of the first season. We wanted to make sure those characters stayed in the audience’s mind and didn’t disappear for a whole year.”
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