The covers collectible covers commemorate the final season of the hit HBO fantasy series. Fans have been anticipating the coming finale for years. Showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff discussed what fans should expect when it finally arrives.
“When something has been sitting with you for so long, you have such a specific sense of the way each moment should play and feel,” Weiss says. “Not just in terms of ‘this shot or that shot,’ though sometimes it’s that as well. So it’s not really fair to ask somebody else to get that right. We’d be lurking over their shoulder every take driving them crazy making it hard for them to do their job. If we’re going to drive anybody crazy it might as well be ourselves.
“We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions. There is no version where everybody says, ‘I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this’ — that’s an impossible reality that doesn’t exist. I’m hoping for the Breaking Bad [finale] argument where it’s like, ‘Is that an A or an A+?’”
Benioff added, “From the beginning we’ve talked about how the show would end. A good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending. Of course we worry.”
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The final season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO on April 14th.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Isaac Hemstead Wright as Bran Stark
Nathalie Emmanuel as MIssandei, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor Clegane, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane
Conleth Hill as Varys, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre
Hannah Murray as Gilly, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly