Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently sat down with EW and broke down how they are planning to put the upcoming Season 5 of their hit fantasy series together. The next run of episodes will be pulled from the fourth and fifth novels in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire saga: A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. They both take place at roughly the same time, but focus on different characters chronicled in the series.
When asked to give their take on next season, this is what they had to say.
"After finishing season 3, we were nervous about season 4-we'd been looking forward to the Red Wedding for so long that once we shot it, we feared everything beyond that would seem like an anti-climax. We grew less nervous when we outlined season 4, less nervous still when we wrote the episodes, and all nervousness evaporated when we saw the directors' cuts and knew we had a great season in hand. For season 5, again, the fear started to dissipate when we outlined it and realized how much story we had to tell. Now that we're nearly finished with the first drafts of each episode, we see no reason why the coming season shouldn't be the strongest yet."
They go on to discuss their relationship with writer George R.R. Martin.
"We have talked to George extensively about where he's going with the books, and will continue to do so. His books are the blueprint for the world we're building. Ultimately the show needs to work on its own terms, and keep on moving. Our job is to square that necessity with George's work to the best of our ability."
A recent casting breakdown leaked that Game of Thrones Season 5 will include the Dorne storyline, and that certain parts of the show will take place in Spain. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed that is true.
"There will be Dorne, and we're excited about it. Who wouldn't want to hang out in Dorne? They have admirable values and priorities. And have you seen Oberyn's coat?"?quote
The pair also shares some information on where Littlefinger and Varys are heading in the upcoming season."Littlefinger has been open with a few people about what he wants: Varys, Sansa, a few prostitutes, us. He wants everything. He wants to sit on that throne. By necessity, his path there will be twisted and indirect. But everything he does in some way points to that goal. As for Varys: Early in the season, when speaking with Tyrion, Varys claims to be concerned primarily with self preservation. At the end of the season, though, his actions prove otherwise. He throws away the entire life he's built for himself in King's Landing to save Tyrion's life. Now what? ... "Now what?" will become eminently clear in season 5."
Will the fantasy elements of the show increase as the show continues along?"The characters will always be the thing. The scenes that make us most excited are often the ones that take place between two people in a room. That said... the White Walkers aren't going away. The dragons aren't getting any smaller. Melisandre's still sorceressing, the giants are more pissed than ever, and Jaime's almost done building his jetpack. So... yeah, the fantasy's not going away. It is a fantasy show."
They finish up the interview by talking about a possible spin-off prequel will inevitability come to fruition."We have not talked about that. This is like three full-time jobs. The idea of trying to develop something in addition to that in this world wouldn't make sense at this point. If that happens, it's up to HBO and George. It's not something I would be a part of. We're interested in A Song of Ice and Fire."