Game of Thrones teasers give us a lot to look forward to for Season 6
There is a lot to be excited about as the newest season of Games of Thrones is closing in to HBO on April 24th.
From an appearance of the Night’s King to one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons flying above her capturers, the newest trailer shows much will go on. Tyrion Lannister starts off the trailer asking, “Are you afraid? You should be. You’re in the great game now. And the great game is terrifying.”
Of course none of the trailers will live up to the show that is upon us and the giant battle that comes with it. While the previous battles of an army storming a castle in season 3, “Blackwater,” the Knights Watch defending the wall and castle in season 4, “Watchers on the Wall,” and the undead going rampant on the Wildlings in season 5, “Hardhome,” have already been epic, this new battle is said to raise new heights for T.V. battles in general.
The writer-producer, Bryan Cogman, has expressed, “It’s definitely the biggest action sequence yet. We’ve always wanted to get to a place story-wise, and budget-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.”
GOT favors practical effects over CGI which is going to give this battle a very realistic feel. The same director as “Hardhome,” Miguel Sapochnik, will be back to direct this battle, but now testing his skills by putting the armies on horses. One of the showrunners, David Benioff, comments, “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.”
He, along with the other showrunner, Dan Wiess, believe this season will rank as Game of Thrones best season. Benioff says that there is no weak episode, and that their comments are not to hype the season, but are genuine excitement from themselves.
Benioff backs this up by saying, “Dan and I talk about this a lot. This is not us trying to hype it. Usually there’s an episode or two we’re kind of nervous about, that didn’t turn out as well as we hoped. This season there is not a weak episode. We had great directors who knew what they were doing, paired with excellent directors of photography. We thought at the script stage it might be our strongest season. Then the episodes came in better than we hoped. We’re always reluctant to say it’s, “the best season yet,” because so much of that is in the eyes of the beholder, and Dan and I are so close to it that it’s impossible to be unbiased. But that’s my sense. Watching them all together now, this is the best one we’ve done. It’s also the one I’m proudest of, because it was the hardest.”
Even if it is not an attempt to hype, how can it not? Last year the show had amazing Emmy records while having an average of 91 out of 100 on Metacritic. If this is the best season yet, then it must be something really spectacular.
However, don’t go looking in your, A Song of Ice and Fire series, as this upcoming season is full of mystery, taking its own turn away from the original books. As the books are still unfinished, Weiss and Benioff met with George R. R. Martin, the author of the novels, to see what he has in store for the final arc of this epic. This helps keep some similarities among the two, but fans will not know what will happen with the show even when reading the books. This can even urge fans to read the books if they have only watched the show and vice versa as they will get different stories out of the same characters.
Benioff explains by telling Entertainment Weekly, “People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled, and it’s really not true. So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that, and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”
This leaves so much up to speculation and gives fans a wider range to make assumptions and theories. This also leaves us wondering with who and where will this epic battle take place. For all we know it can be the big battle we’ve been waiting for against the White Walkers, the Unsullied helping Daenerys Targaryen from the Dothraki, or even one urged on by Cersei Lannister, especially since she holds much hate after her “walk of shame.” Who knows, maybe the news of the death of her daughter will finally put her over the edge.
It is known that the women are going to take a center stage this season, so it will be exciting to see them in some more action, whether it be battling or drama.
“They power this season. It’s organic to the storytelling, yet a radical shift. It’s the women that are the hope that we’re watching as the chess pieces move this season, and it’s very exciting,” says HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo.
This is a great turn as it is not breaking news that the Game of Thrones world is male-dominated. Male-dominated or not though, this world is also full of tragic death that paves the way for these strong minded women.
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No matter the army or gender, this season is sure to bring a lot to the table in terms of battle, plot, and character development. Many are itching to know what will become of the three older Stark children and if they will ever be reunited. Many fans are also excited to finally see if Jon Snow is really dead, or if he will come back to life in anyway. Most speculate a reincarnation by Melisandre. I guess we will have to wait and see, but don’t forget to tune in on HBO to find out!
Game of Thrones season 6 returns to the small screen on April 24th.