Mo Ryan talked to George R.R. Martin at the Television Critics Association press tour in January, and has now published the full interview. They discuss GRRM’s views on the adaptation, the cuts, the additions, and how his views and imagination compare to what we are going to see on the show.
In addition to the January interview George has done a conference call with the media on Monday, providing more bits of information. Those are summarized at the end of the article. George is apparently likely to write an episode concerned with the Battle of the Blackwater should there be a second season.
One very interesting detail that came up in a separate conference call scheduled on the same day has been revealed by Elio of Westeros:
According to GRRM, a character is killed in this 1st season of the series who does not die until the 3rd novel. Because of spoilers, he chose not to discuss it further (I tried!), but he did indicate it was a male character.
Benioff and Weiss deliberately made the change, which has interesting implications all of its own… such as already looking to find ways to trim down a potential third season by closing out or greatly compressing elements of A Storm of Swords.
This links back to an answer from GRRM in the January interview:
The main concern that I flagged David and Dan with was … what I call “the butterfly effect” … there are many minor characters that appear, and it looks as though, “OK, we can cut this character.” … But then in Book 3, that character has a huge role to play … I try to tell them about it. Sometimes they address it, sometimes not, in which case, two seasons from now, if we’re still on the air, we’ll see how they deal with that.
Hear Me Roar: It’s great to read something really fresh after a host of interviews all similar to each other. Who could be the mysterious unfortunate character? Some of you have already discussed this, others are invited to join in the comments. Beware of spoilers!