'Game of Thrones' Writers Explain Why The Show Isn't 'Lord Of The Rings' Redux

Continuing with our "Game of Thrones" coverage — which has recently included snippets from interviews with stars Emilia Clarke, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, and author George R.R. Martin — today's installment touches on some general info for those who haven't yet read Martin's glorious "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series but are curious about the premise of the beloved novels and upcoming HBO show.

So, what the heck is this show about? When MTV News caught up with the show's writers, Dan Weiss and David Benioff, I asked how they describe it to people who think it looks like a TV version of "Lord of the Rings."


"I kind of start by saying that it's a show about power," Benioff said. "I think some people think, 'Oh, I don't want to watch a fantasy show because I'm not that into magic,' but one of the things that is great about George's books is that they don't rely overly much on magic. It's really not about wizards casting fireballs and witches on broomsticks and 300-foot-tall monsters tearing down castles," he explained. "It's really about the human story."

Benioff, whose credits include "Troy," "25th Hour" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," went on to say that while magic exists in the world of "Game of Thrones," it's treated as realistically as possible.

"Magic is there and it plays an important part but it's much more on the fringes, and characters are skeptical about the existence of the supernatural the way people in our world are skeptical about it," he said. "And when they encounter it they are as full of dread and shock as people in our world would be, I think, after encountering ghosts and other critters."

Above all else, Benioff and Weiss hope their series is received as something unique and exceptional.

"What I hope is that it will be a show unlike any we've seen before and that it won't have to be compared to other ones," Benioff added. "Most of all what it is I think is a faithful adaptation of George's books."

Have you been inspired to read Martin's books yet? Will you tune into the series in April? Tell us in the comments!