io9’s Charlie Jane Anders has an interesting editorial on the challenges of adapting A Clash of Kings to the screen. Here is her setup to the article:
Game of Thrones comes back for its second season on April 1, and there’s just one question on everybody’s mind: Can this show keep up the amazingly high standard it set in its first season?
We’ve seen plenty of shows rock out in year one, only to hit a sophomore slump. Plus A Clash of Kings, the second book in George R.R. Martin’s series, presents huge challenges for anybody trying to wrangle it into a ten-episode television show. Here are some reasons why Game of Thrones season two could have trouble… plus some reasons to have faith that they’ll pull it off.
Anders goes on to provide a comprehensive list that I thought would be an interesting jumping off point for discussion here. Be warned though, the article is FULL OF SPOILERS for events in A Clash of Kings as well as a few from A Storm of Swords. So if you haven’t read those two books yet, best to not read the article or engage in discussion here.
To those who have read the books, what do you make of the challenges that Anders puts forth? How do you think the producers will handle them in this season? And can you think of other reasons to add to her list of why this season will be a success?
Winter Is Coming: I think the biggest challenge the writers face is the growing amount of storylines. From doing my own scripting, I’ve realized just how many different storylines we follow this season. Advancing each of the separate storylines and developing the characters and laying down backstory, all while producing an entertaining and cohesive hour of television, is a tough task. The other three reasons she lists I’m not too worried about, but the expanding nature of the series is the one that I fear could become a problem. Because, guess what, it doesn’t get any better as the series progresses.