David Benioff and Dan Weiss on Season 4: “Making it almost killed us.”

Vanity Fair has released an extended excerpt from their interview with show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss for the Game of Thrones April cover story.

If we’ve learned anything from the cast and crew so far, Season 4 is going to be big. In this new interview, David and Dan go into detail about what made this season so hard to shoot. The complexity of the show has been ramped up, and we’re in for a lot more action, and of course, bigger dragons.

Is there anything you can say about season four?

Dan Weiss: Making it almost killed us. How about that?

David Benioff: It was the hardest season to shoot.

Did you have the same number of production days?

Dan Weiss: It’s more about what you’re trying to do in those days. The logistical complexity of this year was such a dramatic leap.

Are they more expensive episodes?

Dan Weiss: More expensive. Every year it goes up. Every year it gets bigger budget-wise and accordingly bigger in terms of production logistics. Here, I think, the budget went to here, and the appetite for more new or different kinds of shooting and scenes went even beyond that.

Meaning more fights, more action?

Dan Weiss: The sorts of visual-effect type things that we hadn’t really done before.

I suppose the dragons are effects and they get bigger as the show goes on.

Dan Weiss: Yeah.

David Benioff: So there’s that. And it was more action this season than there ever has been before. And it’s just much more time consuming. To shoot a decent fight, you need to cover all the different angles, and it ends up eating a lot of days. But the actors have gotten better at the fighting. Yesterday we were watching this fight scene with Kit Harington [Jon Snow] in it, and he did this movement — “Is that sped up? Because it looks a little — ”

Dan Weiss: “That looks fake! Let’s take the frame-rate…” But he was actually moving a thousand miles an hour with a heavy sword in his hand. He’s good. He’s really good.

Visit VanityFair.Com for more from David & Dan, including their thoughts on the magical side of the show taking over, and good-versus-evil.

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