“Game of Thrones” (GoT) is about to raise the bar for depicting battles on TV as it promises the largest battle sequence yet, according to the show’s producers.
The upcoming season 6 of GoT has been shrouded in mystery as, for the first time in history, the show will finally overtake the books. So nobody really knows what to expect.
GoT writer-producer Bryan Cogman told EW of the battle sequence, “It’s definitely the biggest. 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.”
If you remember, previous epic battles included an army in ships storming a castle (“Blackwater,” season 2), a group of men defending a wall and castle (The Battle of Castle Black, season 4) and an undead army swarming a seaside outpost (“Hardhome,” season 5).
This upcoming one, however, is something on a scale typically reserved for major films: 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.
The sequence is in an episode directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who won widespread praise last season for staging “Hardhome”. Shooting the battle took about a month of principal photography. Showrunner David Benioff said, “Miguel did such a fantastic job with ‘Hardhome’ we thought we should bring him back – this time with horses. 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.”
Suffice to say that it’s going to be an intense season ahead ;)
Excited? The 10-episode 6th season of “Game of Thrones” premieres in Malaysia the same time as the US – exclusively on HBO (Astro Ch 411/431) on 25th April at 9am, with a same day primetime encore at 9pm.
The series will also be available on Astro On The Go.