While talking with Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones producer Bryan Cogman and executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss discussed the difficulties in shooting what Cogman called a “proper battle” in an episode of the series’ upcoming sixth season.
Weiss said they wondered why full-fledged battles are a rarity in television. “Then you get into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to actually shoot these things in a way that isn’t just helter-skelter chaos but actually gives you a sense of battle geography and the ebb and flow, and you realize why,” he said.
Though the team would not give too many specifics, the battle sequence will be ambitious; well beyond the series’ previous battles of the Blackwater, the Wall and Hardhome. In fact, the director of the Hardhome battle, Miguel Sapochnik, shot the upcoming battle, which took a month to shoot.
Oh, but what battle could this possible be? Let’s step into A Song of Ice and Fire spoiler territory for a second to consider the possibilities.
While season six will be the first to outpace author George R.R. Martin, it will adapt the Iron Isles chapters from book 4 in the cycle, A Feast for Crows. No significant battles take place in that material, but that storyline could use some flavor as the Iron Men debate who will sit the Seastone Chair.
Another possibility comes from something planned for the end of book 5, A Dance with Dragons, but held back for book 6 should it ever be completed: the Battle of Meereen. Unlike the television series, book 5 ends with the city under siege by the Great Masters of the other cities Daenerys liberated prior to occupying Meereen. As in the show, she disappears with Drogon. It is possible word of her departure could lead Tyrion Lannister to once again defend a city from an assault?
The EW article does offer one interesting clue. Benioff mentioned horses would be involved. And who are the horse-lords in the world of Ice and Fire?
The sixth season of Game of Thrones premieres April 24th on HBO.
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