On Game of Thrones, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss write the majority of the episodes while getting some help from writer Bryan Cogman, and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin has written one episode per year in each of the show’s first four seasons. But with Martin announcing he will not be writing an episode for Season 5 — so he can instead focus on finishing The Winds of Winter— the show found another writer to replace him, former production assistant Dave Hill.
So how did Hill end up going from PA to writer on one of the biggest shows on TV? It turns out he had a good idea.
Benioff and Weiss reveal to Variety, “One day last summer [Dave Hill] walked into our office and said, ‘You know that kid whose family gets massacred by the wildlings? The one who runs to Castle Black to let them know the wildlings are nearby?’ ‘Yeah?’ ‘Well,’ said Dave, ‘doesn’t it make sense that he’d stay at Castle Black and become a Night’s Watch recruit? Where else is he going to go?’ ‘You’re right,’ we said. ‘That does make sense.’
‘And what if during the battle for Castle Black, he’s the one who ends up killing Ygritte?’
This year, Dave Hill is a writer on the show.”
So there you have it. Dave Hill had the idea of the kid killing Ygritte, and it landed him a pretty sweet gig. Hey, Benioff and Weiss, we have ideas, too!