HBO’s Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are both married, are facing the same challenge.
In an exclusive interview with EW, they share their thoughts on the show’s controversial ending, how the cast and creators are coping, and why the final season of the HBO series is a “game changer” for women.
EW also spoke to HBO programming executive Jenji Kohan about the upcoming season, and how her team has come to understand the show is a game changer.
Read on for the EW cover story: EW: You’re married to a woman and you’re both working on Game of Throne.
What do you feel is your biggest lesson to the showrunners on the series, in terms of its depiction of women?
BenioFF: I’m so excited that [creator] Dan Weiss is writing Game of the Thrones, and I’m not sure I can share what I’m feeling.
We’re all in the same boat, I think.
The show is an incredibly diverse cast and it has such an amazing cast.
But, in my experience, I haven’t had to go back and re-think that.
Weiss is an incredible storyteller, and it’s hard to find people who can write that well.
He’s always been really open and honest and engaging and he has a way of communicating that to us.
I think he has made it very clear that, as a female character, we’re going to be in the back seat.
That is, we are in the audience and we are not going to know what happens.
But as we learn about the show, we realize that, yes, there is a reason why there is this person in the throne room.
But that person, as much as I do want to be part of that, I can’t be the reason why that person exists.
Weiss: You have two daughters.
Why did you choose not to have a mother figure in Game of The Thrones?
What made you decide not to create one?
I think for me, I was just not ready to go that far.
I was still a kid, and that’s where my attention was.
I had to learn to read books and watch movies and not really be involved in the drama.
It was hard, because you’re just so busy and you can’t focus on your life.
You’re really trying to work and your kids are just so demanding.
I just really didn’t want to have someone that would be my role model.
I didn’t have that much time to think about the characters.
That’s why I don’t really have a role model, to be honest.
Weiss and his wife, who’s been married to Weiss for six years, are also raising their two children.
What’s it like to have children?
We live in a house and they have all their needs met and that is so wonderful.
They don’t want anything to get in the way of that.
They love their mother and their dad and they love the kids.
And that is their goal.
It’s the most important thing for them.
What does your family think of Game of a Throne?
We are really lucky to have such a supportive and loving family.
We get to be there for them and to be their eyes and ears and to have their support.
We are doing the best we can to support them and make sure they have the best possible life possible.
What are you most excited for the next season of Game Of Thrones?
The thing that keeps me up at night is the show has this very strong, emotional and dark theme that is very much in line with what the characters are going through.
We have a great, strong, beautiful female lead, Cersei, and we have two beautiful, beautiful children.
I’m excited to see where the show goes and I know we have a lot of characters that we love to see grow up.
I know it’s not going be the same.
I can tell you that, because of the way the show plays out, I know that there will be a lot to love and a lot that I want to see, too.
Weiss also has a second daughter, Ellaria, who is now 6 and plays the youngest of the twins.
Weiss’ daughters, both 5, are in kindergarten and kindergarteners, and they are learning to read and write and all of the things they want to do.
Weiss said that when the kids are older, they’ll also be able to help out with other stuff like playing tag.
“They will grow up to be role models, too,” he said.
EW: Game of Thrones finale was very controversial, as you were trying to avoid spoilers.
Why do you think it was so controversial?
I was trying to make sure that we weren’t going to spoil it.
I don-I think it-I don- I don’ think the way it was written, the way I was telling it, the ways it was presented,