Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Pick Their Most Rewarding Scene

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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss also offer words of advice for awards show host Jimmy Kimmel: "Try to avoid the C-word if possible. Wrong crowd."

Most rewarding scene to see completed

WEISS The "Battle of the Bastards" turned out better than we ever could have expected, thanks to outrageously hard and great work by everyone: Miguel Sapochnik and his team, the cast and the VFX and stunt guys. But in terms of exceeding already high expectations, the opening sequence of the finale may have outstripped it — thanks to the powerful visuals, the artful way in which they were arranged, and to Ramin Djawadi, whose music for that sequence is probably our favorite since the main title theme.

If I was in charge of Emmy seating, I'd put myself next to …

BENIOFF My wife's best friend, Sarah Paulson, so I can give her a big hug when she wins. Because she has to win. Right, Emmy voters? Right?!

If I could convince anyone in the world to give my Emmy speech for me, I'd choose …

BENIOFF Sarah Paulson. The two-headed version.

My advice for Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel

WEISS Try to avoid the C-word if possible. Wrong crowd. Maybe it works at the BAFTAs.


Seasons: 6 on HBO
Executive producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss
Emmy history: 106 nominations, 26 wins
2016 Awards: DGA Award for dramatic series; PGA Award for episodic TV drama; AFI Award for TV program of the year; Art Directors Guild Award for production design; CSA Artios Award for casting; Costume Designers Guild Award
Fun fact: To get the unique sound of the dragon’s roar, the sound designer went to Canada and recorded on a farm with animals, including some bison and moose.

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