It is going to be EPIC! Entertainment Weekly is back with another report about the upcoming sixth season and how they are going to make it more epic viewing for us. They spoke with writer/producer Bryan Cogman and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about one of the new season’s most epic moments: a battle that, according to their headline, will be the biggest in TV history. Cogman explains:
“It’s definitely the biggest [action sequence yet]. 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.”
EW break down what kind of battle it will be: “Hundreds of human soldiers on one side of a field, another army on the other side, and then there is a clash that is highly tactical, yet character-driven, and shown from start to finish – a ‘proper battle,’ as Cogman put it.” That sounds super ambitious, but that’s exactly what I want from a show with one of (if not THE) biggest budgets on TV. Weiss talked about why we just don’t see stuff like this on television:
“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.”“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.”
Game of Thrones season 6 premieres on April 24th.