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Where do we go from here? That's the question fans asked themselves after watching the Game of Thrones season finale. Are the writers done with book three and ready to tackle the fourth?

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Sunday night we said goodbye to another season of Game of Thrones. The HBO hit went out with a bang (5.4 million viewers) and left us clamoring for more. So what can we expect from our next visit to Westeros?

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Entertainment Weekly spoke with writer/executive producer David Benioff, who revealed the plan of attack for Season 4. Writers will be adapting the fourth book in author George R.R. Martin's Ice and Fire saga, A Feast for Crows. Out of all the novels in the series, it has the least amount of fanfare. It adds more characters and takes the spotlight away from favorites like Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Thankfully, the writers don't plan on sticking to the page.

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“The series has already reached a point where there are so many characters, particularly in season three we’re introducing so many new ones, we run the risk of bursting at the seams as we try to cram every single subplot and all the various characters and it becomes impossible on a budgetary level and it becomes impossible on an episode-basis to jump around every few minutes to 30 different characters and locations," said Benioff. "We don’t want to do that, and recognize that as a real risk and we will take steps not to fall into that trap.”

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Also, time is not on their side. They have to utilize the younger characters while they still can. The characters might be children in the book, but in real life, the actors are outgrowing their roles.

“Isaac’s [Hempsted Wright] voice is changing. Everyone is getting bigger. We have this wonderful cast, but we don’t have an infinite amount of time … We don’t want to become a show that outstays its welcome and tries to turn each book into three seasons."

Don't expect Game of Thrones to run for 10 seasons. The show is on the clock. No one wants to "strangle the golden goose.”

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Comments on "Game of Thrones boss addresses Season 4 concerns"

Igzilla February 05, 2014 | 2:45 PM

writers already know from George how we wants to finish the story so in case they surpass him they'll continue writing the show. season 4 is based on second half of book 3 plus bran's plot is taken further only it seems.

Jess June 23, 2013 | 7:53 AM

Season 4 will address the remainder of the third book and enough with all the outcry about only getting 10 episodes a year already! The series is based on BOOKS! Currently there are FIVE books, the last of which took the best part of ten years to be written. Be realistic. The series has to continue at this pace to give George the time to finish writing the series otherwise it'd reach a point where the TV series is up to a point where there is NOTHING to do because the next book hasn't been written. Have realistic expectations people.

Langas June 17, 2013 | 8:44 AM

"Writers will be adapting the fourth book in author George R.R. Martin's Ice and Fire saga, A Feast for Crows.". Eeehhmm. No. Just NO. Not even remotely. Season 4 will adapt the second half of the third book, A Storm of Swords, since season 3 has adapted roughly a half of it. This has been known for more than a year. I mean, guys, seriously.

Take a Hint June 16, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Take a hint from South Korea: where they film an hour long episode a week and have 20 episodes on average per season! Enough of this waiting a year --------!

fraustrated June 16, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Love this series but agree that since there are only 10 episodes, it makes sense to cover as much of the storyline as possible and not waste time on trivial side plots. Also as another fan pointed out, in this modern time of film making why do we have to waite 1 year?

Annoyed June 12, 2013 | 6:04 PM

What happened to the days when you had 3 months of reruns and 9 months of the show actually being told? And why are we spending precious minuets of this ized half tail watching Theon beg and be tortured and then watching a guy eat a sasague not seeing it as any story movement lends nothing to the story and again WTF with 10 episode "seasons" that we wait a dang year for. This is the death of good shows not actually lending enough time to tell the damn story half the time so little time has been spent on character arch I get one character confused with another since they were half butted into the show heck I mistook Roose For Stannis / or Edmure at the damned Red Wedding. As many of us have the glad heart to thank HBO for introducing us to the books we also are beginning to not really care so much now about the next season since we are made to wait so long for so little. When I was in college I was an extra on SeaQuest DSV we shot an episode a week. And it aired 3 weeks later - Superboy we partied our ways through an episode in 3 days cause the stunts and effects were the other two days of he week stunt days were the best hanging with Artie Maleskie guys that truly WERE Bond James Bond. We didn't make much more than beer money but we had fun making shows people LIKED to watch and be a part of every week. Sucks that good shows cost to damn much now and all we have too much of is fackimentry BS The fact they even said they didn't want to be bothered to truly tell the stories shows it's how much can we squeeze out of this tube but no regard for actually filling the tube with what we had asked for. Tell the story not a hodgepodge of BS that kinda sorta had the idea of the story. Learn to use the damn leaps and bounds of technology that should be making filmmaking easier hell my son could shot a CanonXHA1at7 and was an award winning director at 9 .

Achibot June 12, 2013 | 4:48 AM

There are still too many plotpoints from the second half of Book 3 that need addressing for them to move straight to Book 4. Anyone who's read the books would understand this is simply impossible. In all likelihood, as Lefaisan said, they will finish Book 3 next season (although it might not take up the full run of episodes to do this) and then begin the process of combining Book 4 with Book 5 to overcome some of the problems the original author had with the size of his story. There are actually already many texts available on the internet with such a revised reading order so it's hardly a Sisyphian task. I don't like to be rude but this article does seem to be a case of much ado about nothing.

Linda Raymond June 11, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Do we really have to wait a whole year for the next season? Especially since it is only 10 episodes. Love this show. Great actors and great writing. You never know what it going to happen. Stark family woes and Jaime hand being cut off.

Dabid June 11, 2013 | 3:38 AM

I think Daenry Targarian should be the ending queen and there should be a ending subplot where everyone comes together to fight off the north aka the white walkers and all that well they find out that daenry is approaching and then when they are at there mits of losing against the white walkers daenry targarian comes in with her army and dragons and kills off the hords of white walkers and depends that the follow kings and queens bow down to her as the true queen of the Realm because of their intimidation of daenry and she ends up being the queen of the realm and the white walkers are gone for the time being and then the writers can possbile write a season 5 where they start to try and take over daenry leadership as the queen of the realm and there is the beginning of the 5th season with the lanisters trying to win back the castle but daenry keeps it and the lanisters fall but in the mits of all that there will be time for story making etc. but its a good start and all that

Lefaisan June 11, 2013 | 3:19 AM

Season 4 will be based on the second part of Book 3 (A Storm of Swords), not Book 4. And Book 4 and Book 5 will be combined anyway, so there will never be a season without Jon or Tyrion.

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