Benioff: “Thrones” Season 6 Is The Best Yet

The sixth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the first to be crafted without author George R.R. Martin’s books as a guide, is under more scrutiny than years past because of that very reason. As a result, this year lead up to the new episodes has been steeped in secrecy with those involved keeping their cards very close to their chest.

EW this week caught up with series creator David Benioff who wouldn’t offer any specifics on the season, but is happy to say that those involved worked their hardest to make this the best season yet:

“The whole season. (Series co-creator) Dan (Weiss)and I talk about this a lot. This is not us trying to hype it. Usually there’s an episode or two we’re kind of nervous about, that didn’t turn out as well as we hoped. This season there is not a weak episode. We had great directors who knew what they were doing, paired with excellent [directors of photography].

We thought at the script stage it might be our strongest season. Then the episodes came in better than we hoped. We’re always reluctant to say it’s ‘the best season yet’ because so much of that is in the eyes of the beholder. And Dan and I are so close to it that it’s impossible to be unbiased. But that’s my sense – watching them all together now, this is the best one we’ve done. It’s also the one I’m proudest of, because it was the hardest.”

The new season of ‘Thrones’ is scheduled to premiere on April 24th.