Game of Thrones is no stranger to controversy, especially in the past few weeks. Conversations about consent and book spoilers have been nearly impossible to avoid, unless you’re David Benioff and Dan Weiss.
James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly has released some new quotes from the showrunners from his visit to the set last year, revealing that the pair made a special agreement about reading online comments.
Benioff says, “We both made this pact that we were going to stop looking at stuff online because you can go into the rabbit hole and get lost in this world of online Thrones commentary if you’re not careful. We both felt a lot saner after we stopped doing that.”
And it’s not just the negative commons that they’re trying to get away from, which Benioff admits used to stick with him, causing him to have internal arguments with usernames like DragonQueen42. Weiss explains that the positive comments can be very distracting as well.
“It completely confounds the normal creative process. It seems like an all-or-nothing thing. Either you’re listening or you’re not listening. It feels great that they enjoy what we’re doing. You read five, six, seven of those [comments] and you get the feeling people love what you’re doing. But there’s a certain point that it gives you a little pleasure-hit each time you click on a comment and before you know it you’re like a coke-addicted lab monkey.”
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