On Tuesday, George R.R. Martin handed in the script, more precisely the first draft, of the ninth episode he is writing for the second season:
Today I delivered the first draft of “Blackwater” to Dan and David. (Finally) A bit overdue, as always. And probably too long and long expensive, as my scripts always are. (I got to write the [event edited for spoilers]. I tried to be good and restrain myself, but you know how things go. Oh, well. I knew the job was dangerous when I took it).
This is television… (no, it’s not TV, it’s HBO)… so there will undoubtedly be many further drafts and revisions. But the first draft is the hard one.
Meanwhile, GRRM gets asked a few questions on the same subject in an interview over at the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy. Not much in terms of new information, but click through for the entire interview. For non-readers, there is just a very minor spoiler (also edited out above) concerning what “Blackwater” in the title of the episode refers to, with no details given.
The Wall Street Journal: So I understand you’re writing an episode of next season’s “Game of Thrones” called “Blackwater.”
George R.R. Martin: I’m just finishing that as we’re speaking right now. I have it on the screen sitting in front of me.
A lot of people would like to see that.
It’s done, I’m just doing the final touches on it and I’ll be shooting it off to [executive producers] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], the first draft anyway. Yes, it’s episode nine of the second season.
Is it about the Battle of the Blackwater?
Battle of the Blackwater Rush, yes indeed.
That sounds great.
Well I hope so. We’re trying. It’s going to be enormously expensive. There’s always the problem—when you write books, you can have everything be as big as you want, you can have all special effects budget in the world and you can have thousands of fighters and all that. But then when you actually put it on screen, it’s a little more challenging. So if anyone has an extra couple of million dollars they could give us, we could make the battle even bigger.
With how well your books are selling, you could self-fund the battle scenes.
Yeah, well that’s a thought. Don’t tell that to HBO. I don’t want that idea to go any further.