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Game of Thrones season 6 is the best yet. That’s the bold declaration thrown out by thew HBO drama’s showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

In what will surely only tip excitement overboard for the forthcoming season, the writer-producer pair have decided to abandon the usual campaign of cautious optimism in order to really sell their series.

“The whole season,” Benioff said to Entertainment Weekly when asked which part was exciting.

“Dan and I talk about this a lot. This is not us trying to hype it. Usually there’s an episode or two we’re kind of nervous about, that didn’t turn out as well as we hoped. This season there is not a weak episode. We had great directors who knew what they were doing, paired with excellent [directors of photography]. We thought at the script stage it might be our strongest season. Then the episodes came in better than we hoped.

 

“We’re always reluctant to say it’s ‘the best season yet’ because so much of that is in the eyes of the beholder. And Dan and I are so close to it that it’s impossible to be unbiased. But that’s my sense – watching them all together now, this is the best one we’ve done. It’s also the one I’m proudest of, because it was the hardest.”

It’s a fairly strong statement from Benioff, especially considering the level of quality achieved by the first five. Season five is regarded as one of the weakest and although Benioff didn’t specifically reference the most recent run, fans can expect a drastic improvement. Of course, this is potentially the most hyped-up season of Thrones yet, with the show finally going to address the theory of Jon Snow’s parentage with the Tower of Joy flashbacks, not to mention the fate of the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch himself.

HBO released an explosive trailer for season 6 and it raised some huge questions, which we explore in our latest video. Watch below: