James Hibberd
August 02, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

They write, executive-produce, and sometimes direct the hottest show in town, HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones, which is pulling off the rare triple threat of big ratings, critical acclaim, and huge impact on pop culture. Biggest Inspiration ”When you see 1,000 people working themselves to the bone to make sure everything from costumes to props to sets to lighting to acting is as good as it can be, you know you’d better do your f—ing best,” says Benioff, 43, who’s also a novelist. ”Is that inspiration or fear?” The Future ”The Ds” will be in Westeros for several years to come. But in their spare time, they’re penning an episode of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Weiss, 42, would like to eventually write children’s books. ”I also plan to win a Tony for my singing,” he jokes. (We think.)

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