Sundance Channel’s The Writers’ Room offers viewers insight into the writing process on hit shows, with each episode featuring a roundtable chat with host Jim Rash and the writers of shows such as Breaking Bad, New Girl and more.
On the fifth episode of this season, airing Monday, August 26th, Game of Thrones writers and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will join the show. The 30-minute episode covers topics such as their creative process and how the team worked to finish season one, which was initially 93 minutes too short. And, of course, they delve into the series’ two most prominent themes: sex and violence.
Check out a clip from the episode, exclusive to WinterIsComing.net, where David & Dan tell the story of how they pitched the show to George R. R. Martin.
Sundance also provides this interesting excerpt about the violence on the show.
David Benioff: I think there are moments where the gore is pushed too far. It can start to become ridiculous, and something that might work in Evil Dead 2 isn’t going to work in a show with this tone. For instance, there’s a scene in the first season where a man is killed, a lance goes through his throat and you see him gurgling and dying on the ground. Looking back on that, I think we have seven seconds of him with blood coming out.
D.B. “Dan” Weiss: Literally, it’s a matter of a second or two seconds that can be the difference between horrible and funny. You’re in a hurry, you’re editing under immense time pressures and some shots it’s the difference between four frames or five frames…
David Benioff: Ned’s execution originally was supposed to be you would see the sword passing clean through his neck, and you would see the stump of his neck and blood pouring out. So then we ended up having a big argument about exactly which frame to end the sword, so you see it just passing through the skin and then cut out.
For more insights like these, be sure to tune in to Sundance Channel this Monday at 10 PM!