HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has become a bonafide megahit, and after a stellar season finale, we’re already looking forward to heading back to Westeros next year. But since it’ll be such a long time before we actually get to make that trip back to the dangerous fantasy world, EW sat down with series creators/showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to at least give us some hints as to what we can expect from the fifth season of the show. (Hint: “We see no reason why the coming season shouldn’t be the strongest yet.”)
Head to EW to read their entire conversation, but I’ve pulled a few of the best parts of their discussion below (spoilers through the end of season 4):
On what Littlefinger and Varys will be up to next year:
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.
If George R.R. Martin’s planned ending is a satisfying conclusion they’re looking forward to working toward in the show:
BENIOFF: Absolutely, yes.
WEISS: 100 percent.
BENIOFF: And I feel we have so many conversations about later seasons. And this year we’ve started talking about the very end. One of the lessons of Breaking Bad, which had a phenomenal final season, phenomenal entire series—you really get the sense [creator Vince Gilligan] went into it with a story in mind and achieved that. We want this to work.
On whether there will be a “Thrones” spin-off or prequel series:
WEISS: We have not talked about that.
BENIOFF: 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.
WEISS: 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.
That last response is especially interesting given the recent comments about the future of the series from HBO’s president of programming. Benioff and Weiss don’t seem interested in a spin-off or prequel, and they seem pretty confident that they’re looking to take “Game of Thrones” through seven seasons. Remember when Jeffrey Katzenberg offered to pay $75 million for three more episodes of “Breaking Bad”? Hopefully nothing like that happens here, and Benioff and Weiss are able to bring the show to a close on their own terms.
Let us know what you think in the comments (no spoilers, book readers!), and be sure to check out our Top 10 moments from this season of the show.
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