‘Game Of Thrones’ Showrunners On “Terrifying” Finale, Next Season’s Direction & Why ‘The Sopranos’ Rules

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Game Of Thrones Season 4 finale.

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The Father’s Day timing of tonight’s Game Of Thrones Season 4 finale could not have been more perfect. In a packed episode of family relations revelations, the carcasses and other remnants of battle, dragon realpolitik, lovers’ betrayals and destinies revealed, a long festering father and son confrontation finally came to a fatal end on the David Benioff and D.B. Weiss created blockbuster HBO series. “This season, almost every storyline ended up peaking in the finale, which has never been the case for us before,” the duo said via email of tonight’s 66-minute finale. “It was great, knowing we’d be going out on so many climactic events. It was also terrifying,” the EPs say of the finale. Among other ends, the episode’s final minutes saw Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) kill both his lover Shae and patriarch Tywin (played by Charles Dance), who it turns out was having an affair with the elder Lannister.

game of thrones showrunners d.b weiss david benioff on set“Both basic confrontations, Tyrion/Shae and Tyrion/Tywin, have their source in the books,” acknowledge the showrunners of the novels by George R.R. Martin on which the fantasy drama is based. “It feels like the people CHARLES DANCE GAME OF THRONES S4 FINALEPETER DINKLAGE GAME OF THRONES S4 FINALEwho haven’t read the books will probably be pretty surprised by both scenes,” they add of viewers of what is now HBO’s most watched series ever. “We loved those scenes, and kept many of the broad strokes and particulars,” said the two, who wrote tonight’s “The Children” finale as they have the majority of  the entire series, of the depiction in Martin’s Storm of Swords. That book is the third of  the 5 books so far in Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series.  Caught on latrine by a crossbow wielding Tyrion, Tywin unsuccessfully tries to talk his way out of his own demise. “To see Tyrion’s entire, troubled relationship with his father distilled into three minutes, that’s a lot of weight to put on two actors. It was our good fortune that the two actors in question were Peter and Charles, who are both power-lifters in this category.”

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