Now that Game of Thrones has wrapped up its first season, the producers are looking forward to season two. And for that, they want to offer audiences an increased amount of two things–battles and direwolves.
Producers David Benioff and DB Weiss admitted that the first season had been restrained because of the lack of financial clout that is needed to make “battles and creatures” of a sufficiently high standard for the small screen.
“Ultimately we had to make some really tough decisions. We much rather have a great scene with our characters than a crappy version of the battle,” Benioff told EW.
“We want to have some great battles, we’re working very hard to have great battles in season two. We’d like to have more direwolves too.”
Weiss added: “There’s so many things we can do so much better than films. But there are a few things like battles and creatures where there’s a brute force financial component to doing those well, and it involves being very creative and selective about how you show those things to make them achievable.
“We don’t want them to look like a PlayStation 2 game, we want it to look at the same level as the rest of the show.”
Speaking about how they will deal with the cost of CGI dragons in season two, Benioff said: “It’s going to be a season of tough choices. We have dragons, we have direwolves growing, we have massive battles. Despite the various character deaths, we have a growing cast of characters – all this with the same amount of time to shoot it.”
On the subject of the growing presence of direwolves, Weiss commented: “It will be a combination of real dogs and visual effects and any other way we can make it work.”