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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were at the Austin Film Festival where they shared all the lessons they learned, and how unprepared they were, for making the hit HBO series.

The ending of Game of Thrones tore the internet and fandom apart. The show became a worldwide obsession and still is. We will likely never experience another phenomenon like that on TV again. So it is hard to believe that two writers — with limited television experience and a few specs and sales under their belt — could launch such a landmark series.

But that is exactly what they did. As fans of the books, they pitched to HBO, got author George R.R. Martin to sign off on them as the creative forces behind the show, and helped usher in a new era of prestige (and expensive) TV. While attending the Austin Film Festival this past weekend, Weiss and Benioff gave a candid Q & A about their low experience level when the show started, the mistakes they made in that infamous first pilot (that was rejected, recast, and reshot), and what their creative process was in shaping stories for the series with a limited writer’s room.

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Source: No Film School