SPOILER: Game Of Thrones Creators On Season Finale
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss the shocking end to season four of fantasy drama...
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains information about the episode set to be screened this evening, 16 June, in the UK.
Game Of Thrones writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been speaking about the season finale which left viewers shell-shocked when it was shown last night in the US.
The pair gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter - and addressed the particularly shocking moment in which Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister murders Shae - played by Sibel Kekilli.
And they explained that the development was more meaningful in the TV adaptation than in George RR Martin's novels - because the character of Shae had developed more.
"We knew our Shae would diverge from book Shae the moment we saw Sibel Kekilli audition," Benioff told THR.
"Sibel brought such life and intelligence to the part; her intensity inspired us to make the character more complex. Our Shae loves Tyrion, and Tyrion loves her. For us the tragedy is watching these two people trying to kill each other when they love one another."
And D.B. Weiss explained how the finale differed from those of previous series.
"In past seasons, our final episodes have often been clean-up - exciting in their own right, but primarily concerned with addressing the aftermath of the momentous events of the episode before.
"This isn't one of those. The finale of the fourth season is more blow-up than clean-up. In real life, blowing things up is usually a lot easier than cleaning them up, but on TV it's a lot more difficult."
And Benioff expounded further on the reasons for Tyrion going postal in the new finale.
"In a world as cruel as his, his family was the one place he could have hoped to find security and support — and from the time he was born, most of his family treated him horribly.
"With the exception of the occasional Joffrey slap, he learned to swallow the anger and resentment that came with this rejection, and convert them into the sardonic humour that makes him who he is.
"But in the face of this seasons ultimate betrayal - his sister trying to have him murdered and his father backing her up on it - Tyrion decided he was mad as hell and wasn't going to take it anymore."