With just a few weeks before the impending and highly-anticipated first episode premiere of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” on April 6, 2014, the network kept our undivided attention with the release of various goodies and we couldn’t ask for more.
On March 14, 2014, David Benioff and Dan Wiess, the creators and showrunners of the series, showed their comedic side and narrated how they managed to “adapt the unadaptable” in the new HBO featurette entitled “Game of Thrones: Long Story Short” video.
Who could condense the history of the GOT in a 5-minute hilarious clip rather than the executive producers/writers themselves? Well, we couldn’t agree more after watching the video uploaded on the show’s official Youtube page.
Here’s the official description of the GOT featurette posted on HBO Watch:
“A brief and entertaining history of how the HBO series came to be. Executive Producers and Writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss tell the entertaining and sometimes hard-to-believe journey of how the hugely popular book series are/were made into a smash HBO series,” read the“Game of Thrones: Long Story Short” video description on HBO Watch.
“Game of Thrones: Long Story Short” is narrated by Charles Dance who plays the tyrant Tywin Lannister. Tywin is the all powerful, wealthiest man in the kingdom imagined and penned by George RR. Martin.
According to Dan and David, he was obviously tapped not only because he could be a good narrator for it but he was “intimidately scary” as his character in the series.
The video started with Dan and David, who have been friends for decades. It included their three-year journey in creating one of the most watched TV series today. They embarked on the said journey after receiving a box full of brick-like thick copies of “A Song of Ice and Fire” series right outside their joined office.
In a report by hypable, Benioff shared what he thought about that incident.
“I thought, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m going to read it!’ All of the current books in the series have an average number of pages,” said in the hypable report.
But that didn’t stop the television newbies after “falling” in love with “The Scene-That-Started-It-All” and eventually, they faithfully adapted George RR. Martin’s book series that already spanned three ten-hour seasons and attracted millions of views around the world.
“D and D” also shared how they were given a makeshift test from Martin before agreeing on and moving on with the TV adaptation on HBO. The test only include a question which was one of of the baffling mysteries on the show that we should watch out for.
Martin reportedly asked them who they think is Jon Snow’s real mother and they gave him their guess. After that, Martin smiled slowly and the GOT dynamic duo were in.
The creators also shared facts on how elaborate and exhausting was the crafting of the GOT series for pure viewing pleasure, which many fans of the TV and book series can understand.
Here are just some of the tidbits and facts on how the series was made:
All you need is Visual Effects. The infamous scene from the “Game of Thrones” Season 2 Episode 9 entitled “Blackwater”, where Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) lead Lord Stannis Baratheon’s (Stephen Dillane) fleet into Blackwater Bay and got blown away after their ships perished from the wildfire weapons of the Kingdom, was shot in a parking lot. It wouldn’t be as epic as it was without the help of visual effects.
The first season of GOT was 93 minutes short and they had to fix this “massive, massive problem” by crafting stories from more that 3,000 pages of the book.
GOT by the numbers:
257 cast members
703 crew members
87,014 VFX frames
The rule of 2: A GOT shooting would include two directors directing two episodes in two different countries.
On getting motivated: Weiss needs 8 bottles of hot sauce. When asked aobut the reason behind it, he said “I just like hot sauce.” End of discussion.
Report Card from Martin: Every episode that they finish will have to pass the scrutiny of George R.R. Martin and they would be graded for it.
Urging to slap Joffrey = A+
CGI dragons = A
Ample gory deaths = A-
More deaths = B+
White walkers = B-
Body parts lost = C+
Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the fourth season of “Game of Thrones” will feature returning cast members Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke , Lena Headley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Natalie Dormer and Charles Dance.
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 Episode 1 entitled “Two Swords” airs on April 6, 2014 at 9 p.m. on HBO.