Did you ever wonder how much it takes to bring such a sprawling, epic fantasy story like Game of Thrones to life on TV? This video will explain it all in just about five minutes….
Bringing George RR Martin’s epic story ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ to life on the small screen was no easy task. It took co-producers and show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss three years plus a lot of time spent on the pilot to finally convince HBO that this was a series worth paying to put on TV.
Obviously the effort paid off since Game of Thrones has become HBO’s highest rated show, and now in this behind the scenes look narrated by Tywin Lannister himself, Charles Dance, the creators reveal what it took to get the show made and how much it takes to keep the series going season after seasons.
For instance, George RR Martin pre-screens every episode before it airs and gives a report card to the producers on the accuracy for the show they’ve just completed. Since Benioff and Weiss were committed to making the TV show as faithful to the source material as possible, Martin’s input is invaluable. Oh yeah and to get the job to adapt the material in the first place, Martin actually tested the pair on their Game of Thrones knowledge and asked them one question to see how much they had been paying attention — who is Jon Snow’s mother?
Check out the entire video to see how ‘Game of Thrones’ goes from books to scripts to production to screen and all that it takes to get it there: