"Game of Thrones" Cast Fronts Vanity Fair April 2014

Posted Tuesday March 11, 2014 2:33 PM GMT

With the fourth season of "Game of Thrones" slated to debut on April 6th, the cast scored the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's April 2014 issue.

Peter Dinklage, the author of "A Song of Ice and Fire" George R.R. Martin, along with the show's co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss sat down with the publication's contributing editor Jim Windolf to discuss the direction the show and revealed the problematic situations happening on the set.

Check out a few highlights from the exciting interview below. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Vanity Fair!

On teaming up with George:
“Last year we want out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with [George R.R. Martin] and just talk through where things are going because we don’t know if we are going to catch and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”

On the series catching up with the books:
“I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”

On the show’s child stars growing up quicker than the books:
“This is a serious concern. Maisie was the same age of Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.”

On Tyrion:
“It just seemed like something I had never come across before, especially in the fantasy genre, which I still refuse to call this, even though we have dragons. It is just something that I was so eager to embrace, because it turned the dwarf stereotype in the fantasy genre on its head. And he’s a hero at the same time. Even in ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which I really loved – I loved those books as a child and I adore Peter Jackson’s movies – but there’s just that thing with the dwarf stuff. That’s complete fantasy. I had done ‘The Chronicles of Narnia,’ with the long beard and all of that, because I definitely wanted to explore that and have an opinion of it from the inside. But I just feel like this character, Tyrion, was a complete human being. Shock!”

On the show ending after eighth season:
“It doesn’t just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave it to that.”

On President Barack Obama’s earlier screenings of the show:
“One perk of being the most powerful man in the world: yes, you get to see episodes early.”

Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair