This manuscript investigates sample sizes for interim analyses in group sequential designs. Traditional group sequential designs (GSD) rely on “information fraction” arguments to define the interim sample sizes. Then, interim maximum likelihood estimators (MLEs) are used to decide whether to stop early or continue the data collection until the next interim analysis. The possibility of early stopping changes the distribution of interim and final MLEs: possible interim decisions on trial stopping excludes some sample space elements. At each interim analysis the distribution of an interim MLE is a mixture of truncated and untruncated distributions. The distributional form of an MLE becomes more and more complicated with each additional interim analysis. Test statistics that are asymptotically normal without a possibly of early stopping, become mixtures of truncated normal distributions under local alternatives. Stage-specific information ratios are equivalent to sample size ratios for independent and identically distributed data. This equivalence is used to justify interim sample sizes in GSDs. Because stage-specific information ratios derived from normally distributed data differ from those derived from non-normally distributed data, the former equivalence is invalid when there is a possibility of early stopping. Tarima and Flournoy  have proposed a new GSD where interim sample sizes are determined by a pre-defined sequence of ordered alternative hypotheses, and the calculation of information fractions is not needed. This innovation allows researchers to prescribe interim analyses based on desired power properties. This work compares interim power properties of a classical one-sided three stage Pocock design with a one-sided three stage design driven by three ordered alternatives.