"Game of Thrones"
hit its lowest point in Season 3 with the Red Wedding
, but does that necessarily mean that the story is all uphill from here? The series' showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have long said that the game-changing event was the main turning point on "Game of Thrones" that they were looking forward to, which is why it should be very exciting for fans that they consider Season 4 their best work yet.
"After Season 3, which we've been looking forward to for so long, there's a fear that whatever comes after the Red Wedding will be an anticlimax," Benioff tells Entertainment Weekly
. "I remember when we outlined Season 4 with [writer] Bryan Cogman, I remember thinking that if we can pull this off, it will top Season 3."
The pair tells HitFix
in an email exchange that, while the first three seasons separated the show's main characters, in Season 4 they start coming back together.
"Now that we've passed what we see as the halfway point, one of the great pleasures of the show for us is seeing some of these disparate plot threads come together, and seeing characters who have never met each other finally occupying the same frame," the EPs say. "It feels like this is the season where the 'GoT' universe finally stops expanding and starts contracting, and the resulting collisions can be a lot of fun."
There's one scene in particular in Season 4 where some major "collisions" take place. "[The scene was] a rare opportunity, since more characters are gathered in one location than at any other time in the series," Benioff and Weiss say. "When we were kids there was a Marvel anthology called 'What If?' What if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four? What if the Hulk was as smart as Bruce Banner? For us it's fun to see characters who normally occupy separate storylines collide like charged particles in an accelerator. What if Cersei met Brienne? What if Loras bumped into Jaime?"
The pair also tell EW that they hope Mark Gatiss will return in Season 5 to reprise his "Game of Thrones" role. "We were so excited when we saw him in the audition," Benioff recalls. "You get the list of people coming in and we saw his name. We didn't even know he was an option. It was probably annoying for him because we kept wanting to ask him questions about his other shows. But he's great."
Both the Entertainment Weekly
interviews are great reads in their entireties. "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.