Three seasons in, “Game of Thrones” is one of HBO’s biggest hits. But before the show hit the air in 2011, there were real questions about whether it would work at all.
Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss those early struggles — including a storm in Malta that destroyed some of the show’s sets — on Monday’s (Aug. 26) episode of “The Writers’ Room” on Sundance Channel. Weiss says in the clip above — which is exclusive to Zap2it — that early in production, “Everything had not been as smooth as possible. We got to this where if that week of scenes hadn’t worked, it felt like were going to be shunted over to the disaster control department.”
Weiss adds that HBO executives had made “veiled” references to the show reaching its “Waterloo,” a sentiment Benioff says filtered down to the show’s producers.
“One of our producers said this week is our Waterloo moment,” Benioff says. “It’s not clear yet if we’re Napoleon or Wellington.”
Fortunately for millions of “Game of Thrones” fans, the show made it through. Hear more from Benioff and Weiss when “The Writers’ Room” airs at 10 p.m. ET Monday on Sundance.