Game of Thrones season six concluded with several characters finally heading towards their final destination, leaving fans excited to see which characters might be reunited and which ones might meet each other for the first time. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-executive producer and writer Bryan Cogman discussed the challenges of bringing characters together and offered a preview of what Samwell Tarly will up to this season.
Cogman explained how Daenerys Targaryen’s arrival in Westeros will change the series and will mark the beginning of the show’s end game:
“The most exciting thing is the new alliances and that the war has finally come that we’ve been teasing forever. Dany in Westeros makes Game of Thrones a new show — it has this amazing ripple effect throughout every storyline and that’s very exciting to explore. It’s a season of new pairings and reunions. A lot of storylines and relationships are starting to come full circle this year. And just the momentum of the storytelling feels different. Winter has come, White Walkers are coming, Dany has landed and the momentum of the story has increased. There is a pace and urgency to the storytelling that’s very palpable. This is the end game.”
Cogman also offered a hint of what adventures Sam will find himself getting into:
“Yes, we still found room this season to introduce new worlds like The Citadel. Jim Broadbent [who plays a maester at the Citadel] is a wonderful addition to the cast, Sam is one of the few characters who gets his own mini spinoff. This is the anti-Harry Potter. Sam shows up to this amazing place where he thinks he’s going to get all the answers and all his talents are going to be put to good use. But this ain’t Hogwarts and the maester is not Dumbledore.”
Cogman discussed some of the writing challenges for this season, including how to continue the story when Daenerys appears to be impossible to defeat and what to avoid when bringing characters together:
“How do you write a compelling show about a war when one of the sides has dragons? It should all be over. Ultimately Dany’s got nukes. But somebody who wants to rule effectively and be supported by the people doesn’t want to just come in firing nukes… Also, balancing the characters. We have some of our main characters sharing the space. So there’s some balancing and making sure everyone has their moments and making sure all the story arcs are serviced. Also: Resisting the urge to have characters recapping the show that everybody has already watched when they meet — this is a tricky thing because you’ll have a character who hasn’t seen another character in however many seasons and you want those characters to compare notes on everything that happens. And while that would happen, and would make sense, it’s not always the most compelling thing to watch.”
Are you excited to see characters come together, for the first time in some cases, or are you concerned that some of these meetings will be fatal?
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
Game of Thrones season seven premieres on HBO on July 16, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly