A new interview with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss comes courtesy of Mother Jones. In the interview, Benioff & Weiss talk about learning on the job, what they’re looking forward to in season 3 and the Thrones fan base. Some choice quotes:
MJ: How much obligation do you feel toward the source material?
B&W: We’re under no contractual restrictions with regards to the storytelling. It’s just that we pursued these books—and pushed for the show’s green-light—for almost four years before we got to shoot the pilot. We gave up other opportunities because we love these books and want to do them justice. So for us, it’s about adapting the books according to our notions of justice—which won’t mesh with the fundamentalist book fans’ notions. Which is fine with us because if the fundamentalists were running the show, there wouldn’t be a show.
MJ: Can you give me a sense of your day-by-day?
B&W: On a production day we’d start by going to set and watching the first set up (the master, usually) to see how the scene is playing and whether we need to make any changes. For particularly tricky scenes we’ll stay on set all day. Otherwise we might spend a few hours revising pages, or meeting with directors of upcoming episodes to talk through the scripts, or sitting down with the VFX team or art department to review concept art, or walking over to the costume department with [costumer designer Michele Clapton] to look at her newest creations.
MJ: You guys told one interviewer you were dying to get to Book 3 of the series because there’s a scene that, were you able to pull it off, would basically make your lives meaningful. How’d it go?
B&W: We think we pulled it off, but the jury is still out on life.
MJ: Which new characters and actors are you most eager for us to experience?
B&W: Tough call, but if we had to pick one we’d say Dame Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell. We expected her to be great, but she was better than that.
Be sure to read the full interview for more.
Winter Is Coming: An interesting read. I liked learning about their day-to-day responsibilities. I always wondered exactly what they did while the show was filming. It sounds like they do a bit of everything. And their comments about season 3 have me excited.
What do you think about their remark on the book purists (or book fundamentalists as they call them)? I happen to agree that some liberties need to be taken, but don’t necessarily agree with all of the liberties they have taken. I just hope they aren’t getting too overconfident in their storytelling abilities, to the point that they really stray from the books narrative and write off any criticism as the unrealistic demands of book purists. Thankfully, all signs point to a more faithful season 3.