Think last year's climactic Battle of Hardhome, or Season 4's icy Battle of Castle Black, or the incendiary Battle of the Blackwater from Season 2 rank as the biggest battles in Game of Thrones history? As they say in showbiz circles, you ain't seen nothing yet! Writer/producer Bryan Cogman and executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss are teasing fans with word of a staged, cataclysmic battle in the upcoming season that will dwarf all previous skirmishes.
Entertainment Weekly spoke with the creators about this thunderous collision to end all aggravated attacks and served up some sharp details on the battle's extra-large logistics.
“It’s definitely the biggest [action sequence yet], said Cogman. "We’ve always wanted to get to a place – story-wise and budget-wise and time-wise and resource-wise – where we would be able to do a proper battle, with one army on one side, one army on another side.”
While no exact detalis as to the participants of this epic battle are known, Cogman went on to say that it would involve hundreds of human soldiers on one side of a field, another army on the other side, with a character-driven, highly tactical clash shot from start to finish.
Co-showrunner Dan Weiss elaborated more on how this awesome assault actually came to be:
“We wondered, ‘Why don’t you see more fully fleshed-out battles in movies and TV?’ 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.”
To deal with a military assault on such a scale, the producers brought back director Miguel Sapochnik, the same general who helmed season 5's heart-stopping Hardhome episode.
“Miguel did such a fantastic job with ‘Hardhome’ we thought we should bring him back – this time with horses,” Benioff said. “Horses are not easy, at all. And certainly in terms of numbers – number of extras, number of stuntmen, number of shooting days – it’s the biggest we’ve done.”
Any ideas on exactly what this excessive entanglement might be and are you champing at the bit for Game of Thrones Season 6 to charge into your living rooms on April 24th?
(Via Geek Tyrant)