‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Talk in Depth About How the Show Came to Be

By May 14, 2013

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the HBO original series “Game of Thrones” here at GeekNation. We have a weekly gif-recap and a weekly recap and review podcast, and it seems as if we’re in a perpetual state of anticipation for the next episode. So when I was presented with the opportunity to attend a conversation with series creators/executive producers/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a few weeks ago in Santa Monica, I jumped at the chance.

KCRW hosted the event, which was moderated by famed film critic and “The Treatment” host Elvis Mitchell. Benioff and Weiss spoke about how they pitched the pilot to HBO, working with George R.R. Martin, casting the show’s major roles, the ballsiness of killing off a main character at the end of the first season, choosing what to film under budget constraints, having the most downloaded show of all time, and much more. KCRW was cool enough to put the entire audio online, so now you all can listen in to the whole conversation for yourselves instead of just reading transcribed quotes. Check this out, and then let us know what you think in the comments section. (Special thanks to Alyssa King at KCRW for the invite!)

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Ben is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. His work has been featured at ScreenRant.com, FirstShowing.net, MySpace.com, GeekTyrant.com, and many more sites across the web. Some of his favorite movies include The Rocketeer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tombstone, Lucky Number Slevin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Collateral, Double Indemnity, Back to the Future and The Prestige. Follow him on Twitter: @BenPears.