Don't ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it's the only thing that ever has.
It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That's what I look for.
Decisions are made by those who show up.
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
And my friends, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.
It's nice that HBO is in business with the audience and not with the advertisers. There's a difference.
There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups... but they're coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do.
But HBO is less interested in how many people are watching than in how much the people who are watching are liking the show. They didn't set up their business model to make writers happy. It's just a nice unintended consequence.
Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.
You know, one of the things I like about this world, or at least I like about the way we're presenting this world, is these issues are terribly complicated - not nearly as black and white as we're led to believe.
I grew up in the theatre. It's where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection.
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