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Vanessa Talkor Talks Game of Thrones S3, Hope Springs

Via Bleeding Cool, we’ve an interesting quote from co-executive producer and writer Vanessa Taylor regarding the writing of season 3:

I’ve actually been learning a particular lesson this season. My bosses [Weiss and Benioff] seem to be becoming more visual storytellers. All of the episodes of the third season seem to open with a particularly cinematic opening. And they’re less about clever dialogue and transition and more about these huge cinematic… just the visuals of it all. And so I’m really learning a different way of writing from that. Because I think it’s quite subtle and I feel like, by contrast, the writing of the second season was a bit more conventional.

Big visuals to open episodes? If I had a guess, the tremendous success and impact of “Blackwater” and the skills of VFX house Pixomondo (recently discussed in a Variety article on German-based VFX houses) have opened them up to the possibilities of spectacle in the series.

The quote from Taylor is from Jeff Goldsmith’s Q&A podcast, which is predominantly focused on Hope Springs, Vanessa Taylor’s first feature film. You can listen to in full; we’ll be checking it out to see if any more Game of Thrones tidbits came out of it.

(Thanks to Marcelo Cordova for the pointer!)