I’m currently working on an edit of Game of Thrones which aims to cut down the show so that it follows the books more faithfully. I have been reading the first book, “A Game of Thrones”, and editing Season 1 simultaneously. S1 is quite faithful to the book, but there are some differences. Scenes and dialogue that are not in the books, or contradict the books, have been cut as much as possible, whilst still retaining all core plot points. Scenes that are implied in the books but not shown have been left in. Some scenes have been tightened to improve pace, but nothing which is in the books has been cut.
All scenes have been re-ordered so that they follow chapter order. I’ve largely completed the cuts for the first film in the series, still need to work on the audio and subs.
Film I, “The Wolfsbane”, covers material adapted from A Game of Thrones, Chapters 0-35. This corresponds mostly to Season 1 (E01-05), with one scene from E06. The run-time will be around 2:55. This film is mostly setting the scene for the Stark-Lannister conflict in King’s Landing. Sideplots take place in Winterfell, at the Wall, in the Dothraki Sea, and in the Vale. The film ends with Ned Stark being attacked by Jaime Lannister.
The title “The Wolfsbane” refers to the enemies of House Stark, as well as the poison.
I was hoping to make only two films in total for S1, but the second half of the season has less filler and is too long for a single film (~4hrs), so I am now planning on 3 films in total for Season 1.