With barely a month until the hotly anticipated Season 6 premiere, the producers of “Game of Thrones” are promising the hit drama’s largest battle sequence yet.
“It’s definitely the biggest,” writer-producer Bryan Cogman told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Viewers will recall the series cut some corners in Season 1, when Peter Dinklage was knocked out as he charged into battle, awaking later to witness the aftermath. However, producers upped their game with Season 2’s Battle of the Blackwater, even if it was staged at night to give it a grander feel, and then again with Season 4’s sprawling Battle of Castle Black. They topped themselves again last season with the Massacre of Hardhome, a feat they plan to accomplish again.
EW characterizes the Season 6 sequence, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (“Hardome”), as something on a scale typically reserved for major films, with “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.”
“Game of Thrones” returns Sunday, April 24, on HBO.