March 20th, 2014
03:03 PM ET
George R.R. Martin - the guy whose book series spawned our TV addiction "Game of Thrones" - has just raised our hopes sky-high.
The author has suggested that a smart way to wrap up HBO's "Game of Thrones" series when the time comes would be to transfer the saga to the big screen.
"It all depends on how long the series runs," Martin told The Hollywood Reporter at the fourth season's premiere in New York. "Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger ... we might need a feature (film) to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know."
The only thing that could slow down our daydreams of an accompanying "Game of Thrones" movie franchise with a major release budget is the sight of Emilia Clarke - a.k.a. Daenerys Targaryen - talking about how she landed the role.
The actress was on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday, and recalled that she won over the creative team with her performance of the Funky Chicken of all things.
"It was a lot of adrenaline, I was very nervous, and there were lots of people from HBO there," Clarke said. "I was asking if I could do anything else, and (co-showrunner) David Benioff suggested I do a dance. And so I did ... the Funky Chicken. And it kind of morphed into the robot."
Season four, Clarke says, won't be nearly as light as her dancing attempts. "It's just a dark, dark season," she revealed.
The fourth season of "Game of Thrones" arrives on HBO April 6.
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