THE creators of Game of Thrones have admitted to lying to TV executives to ensure the fantasy series got approved.
David Benioff and DB Weiss bent the truth in order to get HBO to sign on the dotted line – and have no regrets whatsoever.
In new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, which explores the production of the series, David explained: "The lie we told was that the show was 'contained' and it was about the characters."
The pair confessed that they kept the more ambitious aspects of the series – such as the giant dragons and epic sieges – under wraps so that bosses wouldn't be initimated.
However, as soon as they got the all-clear, they admitted to shaping the show into "exactly what we told them it wasn’t."
They also hedged their bets when it came to HBO agents reading the novels by George RR Martin, upon which the drama is based.
DB added: "We knew most of the people making the decisions were not going to read four thousand pages [of Martin’s books] and get to the dragons getting bigger and the [major battles].
"We were banking on them not finding out until it was too late."
As for why the duo were so cautious, it turns out their previous project with HBO, Rome, ended up costing the network $100million (£77.7million), only to be axed before the second season aired in 2007 to "save money on production resources."
Fortuntely Game of Thrones didn't suffer a similar fate, proving to be one of the most acclaimed series of all time, despite its controversial finale season.
The comments come after show bosses revealed why they scrapped plans to bring Catelyn Stark back from the dead.
Elsewhere reports claimed that Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has started casting and is set for a 2022 release date.
Meanwhile cast member Jessica Henwick paid tribute to the late Dame Diana Rigg, recalling the hilarious moment she "stormed off set at 0.1mph."
All seasons of Game of Thrones are available to stream on NOW TV.
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