The show and its successes are more than a sum of good acting from the role of “Game of Thrones”, intense twists and even George RR Martin’s original novels. There is also the fantasy foundation on which the series is built – JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. In a interview with Variety, Martin even admitted the influence and said, “He made me love the form he created – epic fantasy. He redefined imagination about everything that had been before.” Then it’s no surprise that both David Benioff and DB Weiss found themselves staring at the wildly successful “Lord of the Rings” trilogy directed by Peter Jackson.
In a interview with Entertainment Weekly, Benioff and Weiss revealed how expensive Martin’s ideas for the final season of “Game of Thrones” were. “We have a very generous budget from HBO, but we know what’s coming down the line, and in the end it’s not generous enough,” Benioff revealed. One solution that the runners considered was to take their show from the small screen to the big one. Instead of a final season, the idea was that there should be three feature films instead.
“That’s what we’re working towards in a perfect world,” Weiss said of the film trilogy concept. “We end up with an epic fantasy story, but with the level of familiarity and investment in the characters that is usually impossible in a two-hour film.” The problem was that HBO was not interested in making movies – they were interested in expanding their share of the TV audience. HBO promised Benioff and Weiss “a summer bar-sized play” for the final seasons, giving the show over $ 15 million an episode for the final six stories, and the rest is history. How much would three films have changed the series? We never know, but it’s hard to deny seeing Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) riding a kite in IMAX would have been pretty cool.
Each episode of “Game of Thrones” can be streamed on HBO Max.