While Game of Thrones is currently one of the biggest hits on television, it was still a huge gamble for HBO when they originally greenlit the show. And now one executive explains why he decided to buy into the series.
HBO CEO and chairman Richard Plepler appeared on podcast called Strictly Business. During the podcast, the hosts asked Plepler why he decided to greenlight Game of Thrones even though HBO hadn’t really done anything in the fantasy genre before then. Plepler discussed meeting with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the show, about it. Benioff sensed that Plepler was hesitant about the fantasy aspect of the show, and made a convincing pitch about why HBO should go with it.
“The way he pitched it was he said, ‘Look, this is about power, and it’s about archetypes of power,” Plepler said. “And it’s Shakespearean, it’s Biblical. If you just forget where you are, you could be in 10th century France, it doesn’t really matter.’ And we believed their vision.”
Of course, Benioff could’ve also said there’s tons of nudity, incest and violence and that probably also would’ve convinced HBO to buy it. But, year, I guess it’s also about power.