Martin To Write Key Episode For <i>Game Of Thrones</i> Season 2

On the heels of Tuesday's announcement that HBO has already renewed Game of Thrones comes word from author George R.R. Martin that he'll pen a pivotal episode for the drama's second season.

"Looks like I'll be writing the Battle of the Blackwater," Martin revealed on his blog. "David & Dan [executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] give me the easy stuff."

Anyone who's read A Clash of Kings, the second novel in Martin's bestselling Song of Ice and Fire saga, knows the author is being facetious, as the Battle of the Blackwater is a sprawling, multi-chapter sea and land conflict that takes place toward the end of an even larger war. It certainly won't be easy, or inexpensive, to translate to screen.

With that development, Variety's Sam Thielman quickly turns his attention to a potential third season and an even more daunting task: adapting the 1,100-page novel A Storm of Swords. Benioff and Weiss have already considered the possibility of either lengthening the season or, more likely, splitting the book so that Season 3 ends "on a particularly heartless cliffhanger." We can probably safely presume that refers to the Red Wedding, another pivotal event that I won't spoil (but you can always Google if you're itching to know).

The second episode of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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