Game of Thrones Season 7 has finally premiered and we are coming across interviews teasing the long night to come. One of the writers of the show, Bryan Cogman, recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss Season 7, and especially Samwell Tarly’s storyline. Read on!
To start off, he spoke about what excited him the most about Season 7 :
“The most exciting thing is the new alliances and that the war has finally come that we’ve been teasing forever. Dany in Westeros makes Game of Thrones a new show — it has this amazing ripple effect throughout every storyline and that’s very exciting to explore. It’s a season of new pairings and reunions. A lot of storylines and relationships are starting to come full circle this year. And just the momentum of the storytelling feels different. Winter has come, White Walkers are coming, Dany has landed and the momentum of the story has increased. There is a pace and urgency to the storytelling that’s very palpable. This is the end game.”
Next up, he discussed the storyline surrounding The Citadel and Samwell Tarly :
“..we still found room this season to introduce new worlds like The Citadel. Jim Broadbent [who plays a maester at the Citadel] is a wonderful addition to the cast, Sam is one of the few characters who gets his own mini spinoff. This is the anti-Harry Potter. Sam shows up to this amazing place where he thinks he’s going to get all the answers and all his talents are going to be put to good use. But this ain’t Hogwarts and the maester is not Dumbledore.”
Bryan Cogman proceeded to talk about the biggest challenges of writing Season 7. He explained :
“How do you write a compelling show about a war when one of the sides has dragons? It should all be over. Ultimately Dany’s got nukes. But somebody who wants to rule effectively and be supported by the people doesn’t want to just come in firing nukes… Also, balancing the characters. We have some of our main characters sharing the space. So there’s some balancing and making sure everyone has their moments and making sure all the story arcs are serviced. Also: Resisting the urge to have characters recapping the show that everybody has already watched when they meet — this is a tricky thing because you’ll have a character who hasn’t seen another character in however many seasons and you want those characters to compare notes on everything that happens. And while that would happen, and would make sense, it’s not always the most compelling thing to watch. So in some cases, we have that but other times you cut to another time and they’ve clearly had that conversation off-screen.”
He left us with a well worded Season 7 tease :
“I think it’s going to be exciting for viewers. I would bring friends to set this year and they look at a scene where a certain character is meeting another character and they’re like [gasp!]. It’s going to be quite an arc for all these characters when it’s all said and done.”
So, what are you looking forward to, in Game of Thrones Season 7? Tell us in the comments, down below!