‘Chernobyl’ Creator Craig Mazin Talks ‘Game of Thrones’ Original Pilot

Variety | 9/22/2019 | Cynthia Littleton
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“Chernobyl” writer and executive producer Craig Mazin is among a select group of people in Hollywood who have seen the original pilot for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Backstage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, as Mazin clutched statues for writing and limited series, he recalled the comments he gave to longtime friends and “Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss after viewing the pilot, which was shot in 2009.

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“They had a massive problem, (and) they fixed it,” Mazin said, disputing a reporter’s suggestion that he had called it “a piece of s—.”

Mazin then remembered seeing the revised pilot with extensive reshoots sometime later and being blown away.

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“It was one of the most amazing moments of my life, just watching something that I thought was irreparably damaged and then (eventually) seeing the new episode,” he said, adding that the second pilot was “mind-blowingly good. It’s the most remarkable turnaround in Hollywood history. It became, rightfully so, a legend of television.”

Mazin added that his initial critique never hurt his friendship with Benioff and Weiss. “I was lucky enough to be friends with them before ‘Game of Thrones’ and to be friends after ‘Game of Thrones.’ ” He also noted that “Thrones” exec producer Carolyn Strauss helped him shepherd “Chernobyl” as well.

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