Game of Thrones producer David Benioff has admitted that the eight-part series will be grim in tone. In an interview for Sky Atlantic, he admitted that the show’s propensity for killing off its central characters is reminiscent of past HBO series such as The Wire and The Sopranos.
“Everyone’s in jeopardy [and] it’s possible that anyone’s going to die at any given time,” he explained. “None of the characters are safe and that’s something that has always been a hallmark of the great HBO shows.”
He added: “The willingness to execute anyone at any given time… keeps you at the edge of your seat. It’s a story of people who are trying to gain power, the people who have power trying to keep it, and those caught in the middle, who are caught in the crossfire.”
Series star Sean Bean, who plays the story’s central character, Ned Stark says that Game of Thrones contains “messy” and “awful” violence.
Readers of the source material for the show are already aware of the peril that their favorite characters find themselves in. Though, fans new to the series may be caught unawares.
The gritty series will launch in the US on April 17 on HBO. (via DigitalSpy)