With the runup to the fifth season of "Game of Thrones," series writers and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are out on the promotion trail. But as they revealed to Seth Meyers on "Late Night" on Wednesday night, they have mastered the art of speaking for a long time without actually saying anything.
It's a vital skill to have when you're running a show that relies a lot on its shocking plot twists. Even more vital when that series is set to surpass the stories already revealed in George R.R. Martin's novels and push into new territory.
"We've gotten very good at saying nothing in a thousand different polite ways," Weiss said. "As this show proves."
Benioff related how a 6-foot-7 Dutch Ultimate Championship fighter once buttonholed him at a party and spouted off his own theories as to what he thought would happen in the series.
"I'm scared because I don't want to do anything that's going to be insulting to him," Benioff said. His best response, "Yeah, yeah... maybe!"
Weiss did reveal that one fan has actually nailed exactly what will happen at the conclusion of the series, though he didn't reveal the fan's identity. If you've ever cornered Weiss at a convention or event and expounded on your "Game of Thrones" theories, it could be you.
While the pair have definitely become masters of obfuscation, they did reveal one colossal misjudgment they made early in the show's development.
"When we went into it, we had no idea that [working with horses] was going to be hard, because we were... idiots," Benioff said. "We had no experience. We'd never produced a television show."
"It didn't occur to us that having two characters on horses, riding next to each other, talking, would be incredibly hard to shoot," he said. "Horses are evil. Horses are mean. I know people think horses are beautiful and sweet, but they're mean."
So if they were to do the whole series again?
"Maybe they'd be on motorcycles," Weiss said.