No one seems to be more excited about this new season of Game of Thrones than showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. It’s the exact opposite of newcomer, Ian McShane, who referred to the show as "tits and dragons," and Stephen Dillane, who said he did it for the money. Benioff and Weiss are stepping past those blasphemous words and calling this their best season yet.

"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," Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. "We had great directors who knew what they were doing, paired with excellent [directors of photography]."

That lineup includes Jeremy Podeswa, who directed Showtime’s Tudors and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as well as two episodes in season five, and Daniel Sackheim, who recently worked on The Americans.

He added: "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."

You’ll have to wait until April 24 to see what they’re talking about. Pass the time wisely with a breakdown of each scene from the latest trailer