How is HBO’s plan in the Game of Thrones adaptation?
The entire story will be adapted, as Season 1 and 2 are the adaptations of Book 1 and 2. However, later on, the lines might be blurred as the show runners intend to adapt the story as an entire entity instead as individual volumes.
Does the Game of Thrones adaptation involve George R.R. Martin as well?
Martin is the executive producer of the show but he does not let himself involved in every day production. One of his jobs is reviewing audition records and he also plans to write one episode every season. The people in the production always consult him for the plot issues, as well. Therefore, he is still an important part of the show.
Is there anyway for us to know that the series won’t go too different from the books just like Legend of the Seeker?
The first thing to remember is that Martin plays his involvement in the adaptation, while Goodkind is not. The show runners are also sure that they will stay to the original version of the story as Season 1 has proven it. Martin also stated that his story will work only on television as well as on pay channel like HBO. This is because they still can show the dark aspects of the series on the channel. Therefore, the adaptation will stick to the story in the books.
A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons belong to one book. Will they be in one season?
Both of the two books will be merged and the story will be presented chronologically for two seasons. The producers decided not to cut down the plots and the character for a season.
Will the adaptation also use vantage-point structure like the book?
The show doesn’t use the POV structure. So we can see the scenes that are not in the books because there are no presenting POV characters.
Do the characters’ ages are the same as those in the books?
No. There are many young characters who were aged up purposely for some years. This is because they want to create some scenes to look natural and believable for audience. Martin himself said that it would have been better if he made the children are a bit older at the beginning. Besides, logistical reason also takes part. Young actors have restrictions on how many hours they are able work and finding child actors who have awesome quality is a difficult job.
Is there any chance for us to see the event’s flashbacks that happened before the start of the book series?
The show doesn’t show the flashback on screen. Instead, it is told by the characters, which will show us their roles in the history.
What about the budget? Is it expensive enough to create proper battle scenes and epic elements?
HBO gets several contributions regarding the money. The locations for filming usually came with financial incentives. This also gives proper epic feeling to the show. The Green Fork and the Whispering Woods battles in Season 1 are not shown. Instead, the Battle of Blackwater becomes the center of Season 2.
How do they manage the direwolves?
To fill the place of the direwolves, they use Northern Inuit dog breed. They are bred and raised to resemble the appearance of wolves. The ancestry has been traced to Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamuts, and German Shepherds, among others. When the direwolf pups are found, a female direwolf corpse prop is used. When the pups grow older, the producers used CGI to enhance their appearance.
How do they manage language diversities in the series?
For the common tongue of Westeros, British English, along with some of the dialects, is used. David J. Peterson of the Language Creation Center has developed the Dothraki language fragments in the books, so it can be used in the adaptation. There will be other languages invented in the future as well.