Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have been talking about the show’s fifth season - just days after the season four finale was broadcast.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Weiss acknowledges: “It’s the mid-game point of working on the show; after having spent all this time developing all these divergent and separate interests, being able to bring people from disparate worlds together is intrinsically interesting.

“It’s almost like the engine that drives the middle ground of the show."

Benioff added: “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season four is right town the middle. It’s the pivot point, as you say.

“It’s been an expanding universe and will now start to contract. Which doesn't mean we won’t meet any new characters in season five, because we will. But it’s going to start to shrink for sure.

“And this year we've started talking about the very end,” he added, drawing comparisons with another show that’s become a massive hit in recent years.

“One of the lessons of Breaking Bad, which had a phenomenal final season, phenomenal entire series­ - you really get the sense [creator Vince Gilligan] went into it with a story in mind and achieved that. We want this to work.”