In an interview with entertainment weekly, Game of Thrones producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff discuss why the book and the TV show work especially well when it came to the recent episode 6 on HBO.
For the fan of a book series, there are times when prose fails on the small screen or the big screen. Yet with George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, it was meant to be seen on the small screen as if he wrote it that way, though he didn’t.
In the interview, entertainment weekly asked several questions as they pertained to episode 6 and the one question that the producers gave the most insight to, was the backstory in the series.
There’s been some debate about the amount of backstory put in the show about the Mad King and other things from the books, whether it’s really necessary. How much is too much?
DB: It’s definitely tricky finding the right balance, and we’re probably doing a good job if half the people think there’s too much and the other half think there’s not enough.
DW: There is no version that’s going to please everyone. Some will want more, some will say, “Stop talking and get on with it already.” So it really is just about finding a good balance.
The two go on to discuss a bit more about some interesting things overall, about when Maester Pycelle hands over the book to Ned Stark, the one that John Arryn died for. The book really is written with all the House lineages and according to them if you pause the Blu-Ray to come, and read Latin you will be able to read how the Umbers died some centuries ago.
That is seriously some hard core dedication to delve deeper into the world of Game of Thrones, more so than the book itself, because there are things that happen in book two that was not quite set-up and came off as quite a surprise, yet watching the first book come alive on TV, book two now makes more sense. It probably helps that George R. R. Martin himself is part of the writing team. They can literally pick his brain which gives the TV episodes fully fleshed out scenes.
So is there too much back story in the series? No, there is just enough that whether you’ve read the book or not, will enjoy the telling as it happens each week.
Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9pme/p on HBO.
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