'The whole episode really resets the show and takes it into a territory that no finale ever has,' Alex Graves says of the June 15 episode that he directed.
"Game of Thrones" concluded its fourth season with big twists. Alex Graves, who directed the season finale, calls it a game changer. He elaborates it, "It's going to shuffle the chess game dramatically. The whole episode really resets the show and takes it into a territory that no finale ever has. The truth is it's the big turning point in the middle of the book series where we really turn left and head towards new ground."
On [SPOILER ALERT!] Tywin's death in the hand of his own son Tyrion, the director tells PEOPLE, "It was a big thing because everyone's crazy about Charles [Dance] and crazy about Tywin."
In another interview with TV Guide, Graves says "Tywin's death is the anti-'Game of Thrones' death in that it's very simple. There's a guy sitting down and rather [than] it being how much blood or how much gore or how shocking it was, it's actually about how futile and humiliating it is that this pillar of strength and arrogance who has had an enormous purpose in the War of the Five Kings is killed on the toilet, a death he would not be happy with."
Meanwhile, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss realize, "To see Tyrion's entire, troubled relationship with his father distilled into three minutes, that's a lot of weight to put on two actors. It was our good fortune that the two actors in question were Peter [Dinklage] and Charles, who are both power-lifters in this category."
Though many "Thrones" fans loathed Tywin, the two writers don't agree that Tywin is a villain. "Well, I don't think Tywin is a villain," Weiss says. Benioff explains that "if you read the story from the Stark point of view," then Tywin would be a villain.
He adds, "But Tywin isn't torturing prostitutes for pleasure. He's not a sadist. He's ruthless, for sure. But there's an argument to be made that Westeros needs ruthlessness. You look at Daenerys across the sea - she's crucifying 163 masters; she's pretty ruthless, too. So you love Daenerys even when she's killing people and condemn Tywin. I think somebody asked Charles about that in an interview and he was quite resistant to the idea of Tywin as a villain. I think Dan's right. I don't think of him as evil." Weiss chimes in, "I would call him Lawful Neutral."
Benioff and Weiss are currently prepping for the filming of season 5. They remain tight-lipped on where the story takes the characters next, but do say that the boat carrying Tyrion from King's Landing is heading "east," which is Essos.