Now that Season 5 is “in the bag” the creators and executive producers of Game of Thrones are looking back over the journey they have taken, while trying not to rest on their laurels before they reach the end. Or as D.B. Weiss put it in a new interview with Variety,
I think that everything starts to go to hell when you start smelling your own farts and complimenting yourself on how great they smell. We’re not going to turn into fart-smellers.
That was just one of a few good metaphors in the article. More highlights after the jump.
When asked about moving past the books, David Benioff said,
Season five is still very much within the books for the most part. The very first scene of the season and the very last scene of the season are book scenes. It’s more season six that’s going to be diverging a bit.
However, D.B. Weiss responded to the question with a bit of a metaphor.
It’s like looking at a landscape and saying, “OK, there’s a mountain over there, and I know that I’m getting to that mountain.”
Many of the questions and answers are ones we have heard before but I think one response was new, at least to me. When asked what was the biggest challenge of making the show, D.B. Weiss’ response was enlightening.
Being away from home for six months of the year and seeing your kids grow up on Skype all that time. I think I saw Molly walk for the first time on Skype. That’s not good.
Something to keep in mind when we ask them to make more than 10 episodes a season or go beyond the 7 seasons they think it will take. They do sacrifice in a very personal way to bring us this show that we love so much. Love ’em or hate ’em, you gotta respect that.
Speaking of going beyond 7 seasons, here’s what Benioff had to say to that:
We’ve got a very definitive idea of how much longer it is, and we’re getting there. We’ve just started writing episodes for season six. I think we’re heading into the home stretch. Hopefully, we’ll have a clear answer soon.
We could go another four years — and we could come up with good stories — but the one thing that really got us excited when we pitched this to HBO was that this isn’t just a regular series. It’s a real story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
We know what the end is, and we’re barreling toward it. So the idea that we’re going to try and stretch it out by an extra couple years just because we’re all having a good time doing it and people are making money off it just feels like it would be a betrayal.