This post about Game of Thrones is spoiler-free, except for the way this sentence alludes to the fact that HBO aired an episode about the “Red Wedding” last night. It seemed like an opportune time for me to pull out an excerpt from a conversation I had in 2012 with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (conducted for Rolling Stone, but mostly not printed then, due to space limitations).
BENIOFF: Robb Stark in the second book isn’t on the page that often. He’s mostly off fighting, and because he’s not one of the POV characters, we don’t see that much of him. We like the character so much, and also Richard Madden’s interpretation of him, that we didn’t want to be away from him. So he ends up becoming a really important character in season two, having a huge amount of screen time, and we feel really good about that. He and Kit as Jon Snow are both so good in such different ways, and I think it’s really compelling to see how those two characters veer off in different ways.
Q. And then people say, “Do you really have to have a Red Wedding?”
BENIOFF: Yeah, um–
WEISS: Maybe not.
(general laughter at the impossibility of talking about this without massive unprintable spoilers)
Q. I think the answer is yes, you do.
BENIOFF: Who knows what will happen, but that may be my favorite scene of the entire series.