How 'Game of Thrones' Came to Television and Took Over Your Life

It began with a very heavy box of books. Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explain their mission to adapt Game of Thrones for HBO.

Who is Jon Snow’s mother?

That was the question George R.R. Martin posed to series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss when they met to gain Martin’s permission to adapt his epic tale of conflict and conquest for television.

“We threw out our guess,” Benioff recalls, to which Martin smiled. They had sealed the deal.

It was always the intention to pitch the series to HBO, and when Benioff and Weiss proposed the idea to Martin, the author remarked that he never envisioned his work finding a home anywhere else.

Now less than a month away from the premier of Game of Throne’s fourth season on April 6, HBO has released “Long Story Short,” a featurette that charts the three-year endeavor to bring the award-winning series to life.

Warning: Spoilers for those who aren’t caught up through the third season.

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