It was a big night at the Emmys for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The HBO series they created and adapted for the screen, Game of Thrones, won several awards, including Best Directing (Miguel Sapochnik) and Best Writing (Benioff and Weiss) for the epic episode “Battle of the Bastards”, in addition to winning Best Drama Series. According to Variety, this makes Game of Thrones the current record-holder for most Emmy wins by a scripted primetime series, with 38 wins in total.
The previous record-holder, Frasier, won 37 Emmys when it was on the air. Backstage, Benioff joked about Game of Thrones‘ record-breaking wins: “We loved Frasier, and he had a long run”, he said. “We’re sure someone will come along and take [the record] from us, but hopefully not until we’re all dead”.
When asked about the possibility of a prequel series, Benioff referred people to author George R.R. Martin, the creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series Game of Thrones is based on. Benioff himself said “It’s a great world, I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it”, implying that he and Weiss will step down once the series ends its run after season 8.
Finally, when asked what’s in store for season 7 of the brutal fantasy series, Weiss jokingly said: “[I]t will be bigger, it will be better and it will also be worse, but mostly better”.
Game of Thrones‘ seventh season will premiere on HBO sometime in the summer of 2017.