Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss together with the actors Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and John Bradley (Sam Tarly) were recently guests at Oxford Union (a famous debating society, previously hosting Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) as well). You can watch the full video of the panel below.
Some of the questions they get may be of the oft-repeated kind, but the whole thing is well worth the watch for the wit and humour John Bradley brings to the table, and some inadvertent ambiguities Kit Harington manages to blurt out.
The more informative, topical bits are first those where D&D touch on catching up with the source material (starting at the 34 min mark):
Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. We’ll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going. There might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil (for the books), but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place/…/ I think the thing that’s kind of fun for George is the idea that he can still have surprises for people even once they’ve watched the show through to the conclusion. There are certain things that are going to happen in the books that are different in the show, and I think people who love the show and want to know more about the characters, want to know more about the different characters who might not have made the cut for the show —will be able to turn to the books.
Second, they once more talk about death of characters, and about one from the coming season (around 1 hour 13 minutes in). Usually the actors take it well when they are informed, usually by a phone call before they receive the script, but this year the actor in question did not think their character’s death was a good idea and even wrote a long letter explaining why that is. In Benioff’s words that “made them want to kill that [character] that much more.” John Bradley was quick to note: “Thursday, I got a text from David, saying ‘Is this still your number?'”. I somehow do not think he is really in danger just yet.