Showrunners over vijfde seizoen Game of Thrones

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In een gesprek vertelden Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff en D.B. Weiss over wat we kunnen verwachten van het aankomende vijfde seizoen van de serie: “There are a few sequences that are absolutely terrifying from a production standpoint.”

Met de finale van het vierde seizoen maakten de makers wederom een veel besproken afleveringen. De showrunners dachten al over deze aflevering sinds het begin van de serie, en wisten dat een aantal belangrijke momenten zouden afwijken van George R.R. Martin’s boeken. Benioff zei: “We knew our Shae would diverge from book Shae the moment we saw Sibel Kekilli audition. Sibel brought such life and intelligence to the part; her intensity inspired us to make the character more complex. Our Shae loves Tyrion, and Tyrion loves her. For us the tragedy is watching these two people trying to kill each other when they love one another.”

In het vierde seizoen wordt steeds meer afgeweken van het bronmateriaal. Weiss: “We try not to talk about what’s coming in future seasons, especially while the current season is still airing — and when we’re not even finished writing the future seasons. I should probably be doing that right now, actually. The books are the reason we’re doing this; they’re our road map, and they provide many or most of our destinations. But there are many ways to get to each destination, and some are more appropriate for our show than others, and I am totally losing the thread of this metaphor here, aren’t I? Yup. No idea where I was going with that. Destination unknown.”

En Benioff: “While it’s good to hear that those scenes were positively received by the fans, we’ve stayed away from the message boards and whatnot since season one. Did we mention those anti-anxiety pills? We have to make a show that succeeds on its own terms, and sometimes that means veering away from the books. Some people will be upset by that. Some people will like it. Obviously we hope for more of the latter, but if we ever write a scene (or avoid writing a scene) because we’re afraid of pissing someone off, we’re sunk. As for season five, we’re still figuring out how we can afford everything we want to do. There are a few sequences that are absolutely terrifying from a production standpoint.”

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