“A Song of Ice And Fire”; author George R.R. Martin, production team David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and the cast of “Game of Thrones”; take Vanity Fair behind-the-scenes of the popular television series in its April issue.

Benioff, who created the show with Weiss, tells the magazine all about his meeting with Martin to talk about “the end game.”;  “Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him and just talk through where things are going,”; Benioff says, adding, “because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be.”;  Continuing on he says “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.”;

Martin shared his side of the story with the magazine saying, “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 cannot let them catch up with me,”; he says.  Adding that the show, soon to air its fourth season, is indeed catching up to the books, “yes, it’s alarming,”; he adds.

For all those fans of the series, Benioff and Weiss open up about the show’s lifespan saying, “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,”; says Benioff, with Weiss adding, “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”;

The magazine also chats with the cast, including Peter Dinklage who’s won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as Tyrion Lannister.   On why he took the role, Dinklage says “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 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.”;  Adding, “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!”;

Speaking of “complete human beings,’ Benioff also addresses the criticism the show has received regarding “excessive sex and female nudity”;.  Answering via email, the creator says “I’m sitting here next to my wife [actress Amanda Peet] and I just asked her.  She says: “What matters is whether there are great roles for women of all ages and types and whether women in the story actually propel the plot. If they take their clothes off while they do that, so be it.'”;  Adding, “I don’t know if she’s the right person to ask: She’s showing her tits tomorrow in her HBO show,”; referring to her role in HBO’s “Togetherness”;.

If you want to read more with the cast and creators of “Game of Thrones”;, pick up the April issue of Vanity Fair, hitting newsstands March 18.