Game Of Thrones' eagerly-anticipated season six finally lands in April and while not much is known yet about where the storyline will be taken, fans now know to expect one thing; the biggest battle the show has seen so far, according to writer-producer Bryan Cogman.
For the first time since the show began in 2011, the forthcoming episodes have been shrouded in mystery thanks to the series moving beyond the narratives established in author George RR Martin's fantasy novels for the first time. So while its anyone's guess as to which characters or armies participate in the sequence, it's interesting to know that it's likely to be a grandiose, and subsequently notable, scene.
"It's definitely the biggest [action sequence yet]," 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. 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 recent featurette that has also been released in the run-up to season six's first episode on the 24 April focuses heavily on the white walkers and even indicates to eagle-eyed viewers that the otherworldly humanoids will be in some kind of fight themselves. Combine that with the fact that Cogman specifically juxtaposed an army of "human soldiers" with the slightly more vague description "another army" for the opposing sides of this upcoming battle, then it seems as if some clues are finally emerging.
Over its five year run, Game Of Thrones has evidently tried to keep from using computer-generated special effects to a minimum, even with its fantasy elements. Where it can, it has always used real actors on location with practical effects and its likely that the filmmakers would have employed the same techniques in this upcoming sequence too.
Previous battle scenes that have occurred during the show so far include an army of ships storming a castle in season two, a group of men defending a wall and castle in the fourth season and an undead army of white walkers swarming the Wildlings in season five.
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