Bryan Cogman – writer and producer of Game Of Thrones – has talked about what to expect from the latest episodes of the popular drama series, describing season six as a “rebuilding” season.
Cogman compared the darkness of the fifth season with the soon-to-launch latest, and also described the new outing as “the hardest to write so far,” as the episodes will not be a direct adaptation from the books.
“Season 5 was about taking characters to the brink – and for certain characters like Stannis and Jon, destroying them altogether,” Cogman told Entertainment Weekly.
“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.”
The final trailer for season 6 was unveiled earlier this week ahead of the series’ return this weekend, and can be seen below, via YouTube:
Cogman also described the new season as “Westeros 2, an alternative Westeros,” because of the move away from Martin’s written version of the story, which has now been overtaken by the televised version.
“It was the hardest season to write for that very reason,” he explained. “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.”
Cogman also dealt with the challenges of the season, in particular in keeping the plotline on course. He explained:
“Not letting everyone get overwhelmed by the size of it and keeping your eye on the prize [are the greatest challenges] – the clarity of the characters and their motivations. You can obsess about a sequence or a line of action, but if you lose sight of the story then none of it matters.”
Season 6 of Game Of Thrones kicks off with a 2am showing on Sky Atlantic on April 25.