Game of Thrones: Season 6 biggest yet

game of thrones facesIn an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones writer-producer Bryan Cogman talks about season six and all the challenges that came by writing beyond the events of the books so far.

Cogman told EW:

“Season 5 was about taking characters to the brink – and for certain characters like Stannis and Jon, destroying them altogether. We left our central characters in huge moments of crisis and at their lowest points last year. All of them are now trying to rebuild their lives. Season 5 was in many ways our darkest. This season is still very dark, very intense, but it’s very much a next act.”

He also adds that this season will explore certain events in the past, extending the already rich and complex mythology of the show. Along the course of the season, more characters will be crossing paths as well.

Cogman said:

“…There’s also a trend that began in season 5 and continues even more so in this season of worlds colliding, with characters meeting in hopefully very unexpected ways. Seasons 2–4 were about the expansion of this world; seasons 5 and 6 are about contracting. Characters who were rivals, and in some cases enemies, are being forced to work together, which makes for a lot of juicy dramatic tension. And then there’s the obvious answer in terms of the size of the show. We say this every year, but it’s true – this is the biggest season of Game of Thrones.”

He also talked about the challenges of catching up with the events of George R.R. Martin’s books and how the show had to make some necessary changes:

“…While we’re still drawing from a lot of situations and arcs in the books, it’s obviously not a direct adaptation of any of the books this year. I will say you’ll see character versions and interpretations that are in some of the previous books that we hadn’t gotten to yet. I think of it as Westeros 2 – the alternate universe version of Westeros. There’s the book universe and a show universe and this is what happens in the show universe.”

Game of Thrones season six airs every Sunday on HBO.