GAME OF THRONES Showrunners Say Season 4 Has More Action Than Previous Seasons

GAME OF THRONES Showrunners Say Season 4 Has More Action Than Previous Seasons

David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the brain trust behind HBO's hit adaptation of George R.R. Martin's sword and fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, discuss the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones.

Season 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones premiere's April 6th and will "mostly" follow the second half of "A Storm of Swords", the third book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series from author George R.R. Martin. In an interview with Vanity Fair, executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke about what's to come this season. Benioff told the magazine that season 4 was the hardest to shoot, simply because they're venturing into uncharted VFX territory. Weiss echoed his producer partner, adding that, "The sorts of visual-effect type things that we hadn’t really done before," is what made up the bulk of season 4's complexity.

Benioff narrowed in on Khaleesi's dragons, saying they're going to get bigger and bigger each season. He also added, "[Season 4] was more action this season than there ever has been before. And it’s just much more time consuming. To shoot a decent fight, you need to cover all the different angles, and it ends up eating a lot of days. But the actors have gotten better at the fighting. Yesterday we were watching this fight scene with Kit Harington [Jon Snow] in it, and he did this movement — “Is that sped up? Because it looks a little — ”. Weiss jumped in, "That looks fake! Let’s take the frame-rate…” But he was actually moving a thousand miles an hour with a heavy sword in his hand. He’s good. He’s really good."

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Running Time: 60 minutes
Release Date: April 6, 2014 (Season 4)
TV Rating: TV-MA for sex & nudity, violence & gore, profanity, alcohol/drugs/smoking and frightening/intense scenes
Starring: Mark Addy, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen, Harry Lloyd, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jack Gleeson, Rory McCann, Peter Dinklage.
Creators: David Benioff (series), D. B. Weiss (series), George R. R. Martin (novels)
Written by: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R. R. Martin

"Game of Thrones Season 3 is based on A Storm of Swords, the third novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series from author George R.R. Martin. Due to the sheer length of the third novel, which is roughly 1.5 times the size of the first novel, the events of A Stomr of Swords will be split over two seasons. The cruel reign of the boy-king Joffrey Baratheon continues thanks to an alliance with House Tyrell. King of the North Robb Stark must decide whether to remain in the field against the Lannisters or return to Winterfell and address the actions of a traitor. Bran Stark journeys across a frozen wasteland to reach The Wall and what lies beyond. Daenerys Targaryen searches for an army to take back her homeland. Jon Snow must navigated dangerous waters filled with White Walkers and the bloodthirsty wildlings of the King-Beyond-the-Wall Mance Rayder."
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