Game Of Thrones Season 3: “Storylines will change” from the books

Richard Madden and Sophie Turner on the Game Of Thrones Season 4, 5 and far beyond

Richard Madden as Robb Stark at the beginning of Game Of Thrones Season 3
Richard Madden as Robb Stark at the beginning of Game Of Thrones Season 3

Speaking exclusively to SciFiNow at a press event for the Game Of Thrones Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD,  Richard Madden (Robb Stark) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) revealed that as far as they’re concerned, HBO’s epic fantasy hit could outrun George RR Martin‘s A Song Of Ice And Fire series, and the longer it airs, the more storylines are likely to completely change from the books…

“It depends on how fast George can write,” says Madden of how long the show can run for. “It depends on where David and Dan want to take it, because the further it goes on the more storylines change.

“I don’t know where the limit is, I mean George has been doing it for years and still hasn’t got to the end. I don’t think we’ll all be in our 80s still doing Game Of Thrones, but hopefully it’s got a really life in it because there some many places for it to go, and characters, and we’ve only just touched the surface. We’ve got so many new characters coming in every new series that are just as fascinating as the people we met at the start of Season 1, so it really does have a life.”

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark at the beginning of Game Of Thrones Season 2
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark at the beginning of Game Of Thrones Season 2

“It seems like it could go on forever because there’s so many characters,” adds Sophie Turner. “There’s about 200 characters I think, small and big. I think it could go on as long as it needs to go on, I hope that as seasons get commissioned then people still watch it, because the story has so much potential and we just need the viewers to keep watching and keep supporting, and that’s how you’re going to get to the end of the story.”

“It’s definitely not a show that drags things out,” adds Madden. “We don’t dilute and put off two episodes what we could do now, it really lives on that pace. Season 2 is very much like that and Season 3 continues like that, so it’s definitely not a case of dragging it out. It’s about what story’s there and what people want to see.”

Game Of Thrones will return to Sky Atlantic on 1 April at 9pm. Pick up Season 2 now on DVD for £28 and Blu-ray for £36 from Amazon.co.uk.