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New details shed light on why, and when, Lucasfilm parted ways with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

The last few days have been a weird time to be both a Star Wars fan and a Game of Thrones fan.

With the recent (and oddly timed) announcement that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would no longer be working on a new trilogy of Star Wars films, citing their commitments to their Netflix deal, fans and journalists were left scratching their heads at the highly questionable validity of that statement. It also doesn’t make sense that these two creatives and very huge Star Wars fans would live on their own accord their dream project — especially considering that the allure of working on Star Wars is what helped kill in part any plans HBO may have have for Game of Thrones to wrap up with more than just one season of limited episodes. (More on that later.) There is no way Netflix and the writers reps would have negotiated that deal without factoring in the writers’ commitment/development carve out to Star Wars. Unless, of course, the two exited Star Wars before the deal was signed.

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Source: No Film School