In two interviews — one before this season, and one after — James Hibberd over on EW discussed with David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the showrunners for Game of Thrones, some details about what we should expect to see next year. In general, they have written the first drafts of the scripts, and they are nervous but excited about the season, saying there are enough storylines to perhaps make it the strongest season of the run.
George R.R. Martin’s existing books — and his plans for future books — will remain the blueprint for the series, though Benioff and Weiss do say that the series will have to stand on its own as it works its way toward a conclusion that they have already arrived at with Martin, a conclusion they are very excited about working toward.
They also confirmed, as we expected from casting leaks, that a lot of the action next season will move to Dorne, home of the now deceased Oberyn, and much focus will turn toward the Sand clan (and presumably the recast Myrcella Baratheon, who will take up a romance with Prince Trystane of Dorne).
Meanwhile, Littlefinger will continue his pursuit of the Iron Throne, while Varys will have to pick up the pieces after throwing away his entire life at King’s Landing to spare the life of Tyrion.
Most of this, I suspect, is fairly obvious to the book readers. TV watchers, however, should also know that Benioff and Weiss reiterated that the fantasy elements will continue to play a significant role in the series.
The characters will always be the thing. The scenes that make us most excited are often the ones that take place between two people in a room. That said… the White Walkers aren’t going away. The dragons aren’t getting any smaller. Melisandre’s still sorceressing, the giants are more pissed than ever, and Jaime’s almost done building his jetpack. So… yeah, the fantasy’s not going away. It is a fantasy show.
Jamie’s jetpack is gonna be SO cool.