The Game Of Thrones Creators Still Haven’t Watched House Of The Dragon

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Written By Sedoso Feb

Having devoted a decade of their lives to “Game of Thrones,” one can understand why D&D are inclined to leave Westeros in their rearview mirror for now (whatever their feelings about the overall experience are). They even turned down a producer credit on any additional “Game of Thrones” spinoffs like “House of the Dragon,” despite knowing it would’ve netted them a whole lot of free money for essentially doing nothing. “HBO was kind of confused,” Benioff recalled. “I remember their lawyer saying, ‘But it’s just money, we’re just going to pay you.’ ” Weiss added:

“I don’t think there is such a thing as free money. For us, if our name is on it, especially that, while being completely detached and uninvolved, it felt like the strain that would come with that hands-off approach — with its success or failure or anything in between — was not worth it.”

Couple all that with their previous attempt to direct a Star War and now “3 Body Problem,” it appears Benioff and Weiss are determined to put as much distance between them and the “Thrones” universe as possible. Still, it’s easy to imagine they might’ve done something similar even if the “Thrones” finale hadn’t gone over about as well as Daenerys Targaryen’s (extremely short-lived) reign over the Seven Kingdoms. While some creatives are understandably content to play in the same sandbox for as long as possible (as well they should), you get the impression D&D wants to ensure there’s more to their legacy than “Thrones.” Best of luck to them in that endeavor.

“3 Body Problem” begins streaming on March 21, 2024, on Netflix. Elsewhere, “House of the Dragon” season 2 will premiere on Max sometime this summer.

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