David Friedman (; born September 25, 1970), known professionally as David Benioff (), is an American writer, director and producer. Along with his fellow collaborator D. B. Weiss, he is best known as co-creator, showrunner, and writer of Game of Thrones (2011–2019), the HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin's series of books A Song of Ice and Fire. He is also known for writing 25th Hour (2002), Troy (2004), City of Thieves (2008) and co-writing X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
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This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.