Always Sunny Gets Game of Thrones Treatment

We already knew that Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss would be creating an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia this season. Today, the New York Times brings us the back story:

When Mr. Weiss and Mr. Benioff hit upon an idea for “It’s Always Sunny” — a gloss on the novel and short story “Flowers for Algernon,” in which Mr. Day’s ne’er-do-well character is convinced that a scientific experiment is making him smarter — they suggested it to Mr. McElhenney.

Asked if they were tempted to kill off any principal “Sunny” characters, Mr. Weiss and Mr. Benioff said: “Nah. Those guys are immortal in our minds. They’re like the Simpsons.” As for supporting players like the unnamed Waitress or the down-on-his-luck Rickety Cricket, well — they didn’t quite answer the question.

Mr. McElhenney said that the intricate serialized style of “Game of Thrones” is “the polar opposite of what we do on ‘Sunny.’ ”

Rule No. 1 of “It’s Always Sunny,” he said, is “our characters never really change or grow,” or else “there’d be no show.”