Game Of Thrones’ Creator Explains How To Pull Off A Shocking Plot Twist

On last night’s episode of Game Of Thrones, something big happened. (We promise not to spoil it here.) Much like last season’s infamous ‘Red Wedding’, the sequence skillfully blindsided many non-book reading fans of the show. Here’s a tip from the show’s co-producer Dan Weiss on how to execute a perfect plot twist without clueing in the audience.

In a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Game of Thrones‘ showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff spilled the beans on the making of last night’s pivotal episode. Among a tsunami of spoilers, Weiss dropped this interesting tidbit that could prove handy to anyone trying to craft their own “shock moment” — be it in a novel, comic book or independent movie.

Here’s what he had to say on pulling off an unexpected plot twist:

The trick with any long, lavish, production-heavy sequence like this one is that at a certain point, people start to think something: “It’s been 15 minutes in one setting, something momentous is going to happen in this sequence.” And the only way they don’t think that is if you constantly keep them engaged in the things that are happening. So one of the major tricks to pull off in a scene like this is to keep people in the moments with all the characters interacting with one another and not let them think about the bigger picture, about why we’ve been at this wedding for 15 minutes.

Sounds like perfectly sound advice to us. For more Game Of Thrones goodness, check out George R.R. Martin’s Top 10 fantasy writing tips, as well as our celebratory Season 4 post.

[Via Entertainment Weekly]

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