Contrary to what you make assume from the title of this article, George R.R. Martin is in no way attached to the writing of the upcoming Magic: The Gatheringfilm. The writer in question is one that works on penning the Game of Thrones television series, not the original books. Thus, the name of the man we are referring to is Bryan Cogman. Read on for even more information on this glorious development. (more…)
By now you’ve come to expect these videos from showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss where they discuss in detail a few of the key scenes from this week’s Game of Thrones. And while this week’s episode, “Kissed by Fire” may not have ended on as heart-pounding a final note as Dany and her dragons laying waste to Astapor, there was still plenty of intrigue and power struggling.
In addition to the video, that excellent fansite Winter is Coming has collected interview snippets that apply to what we saw in “Kissed by Fire.” The one is from an interview with Bryan Cogman posted by HBO in where he discusses his favorite scenes,
HBO: Do you have a favorite moment or scene from this episode?
Bryan Cogman: Very hard to choose! I’ll pick two, if I may. I love the Jaime/Brienne bath house scene. It was one of my favorite moments in the books; classic George R.R. Martin. He peels back the layers of a character who started the story as a villain and makes you see him as a vulnerable human being. It’s a very long monologue in the book that was a challenge to adapt, but great fun. It’s a major turning point for Jaime, to be this vulnerable and open and raw with someone other than Cersei. And I think it’s the first time he’s told ANYONE what really happened during the sack of King’s Landing-that includes Tyrion and Cersei.
The other scenes I’m particularly proud of are the trio of Dragonstone scenes. We didn’t have room for Selyse and Shireen Baratheon in Season 2, so I was excited to get to introduce them here… the dysfunctional family Stannis keeps hidden away and largely avoids. Stannis isn’t a POV character in the book, so these scenes were born largely from my own imagination (though based on clues and hints from the books) and I couldn’t have been happier with the performances and how director Alex Graves interpreted the scenes. I particularly love the Shireen/Davos scene as it’s one of the few scenes in our show that revolves around an act of kindness and generosity.
This episode was just full of important, critical moments for the entire saga of Game of Thrones, though you may not have picked up on them just yet. Come the end of the season, though, you’ll definitely notice all the clues that had been layed out all season, and some all series, long.
With its third season right around the bend – 74 days, people! – we’re about to enter the promotional push for the return of Game of Thrones. Just like the years before, HBO has been releasing these behind the scenes video blogs, or vlogs as the cool kids call them, and today we’ve got another.
This vlog features executive story editor and writer, Bryan Cogman discussing the challenges of bringing the complicated narrative of A Storm of Swords to the screen as Game of Thrones‘ Season 3. Within the video you’ll be able to catch quick peeks of Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) as well as plenty of familiar faces.
“Twists and turns that are impossible to foresee,” indeed. Game of Thrones returns to HBO on March 31st. How are you keeping busy until the series returns?
Game of Throneswriter Byran Cogman was recently interviewed by the ladies of The Mary Sue about his work compiling the incredible Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones book and his involvement in the hit series, which, if you’ve been keeping track, returns in 152 days! They were expressly informed not to talk about Season 3, but that doesn’t stop Cogman from including a little insight to next season in a few of his answers,
TMS: Who’s your favorite character in the show and, if you have a different answer, who’s your favorite character to write? Is there a different favorite from the books?
BC: Very hard to choose — I’ve been living with them for so long, I have great affection for all of them (and the actors who portray them). I had a great time writing Theon in Season 2 and I’ve really enjoyed writing Jaime in Season 3. And I always like writing for the kids. There’s a character I love from the books — Aeron Damphair, who we haven’t seen on the show yet, but it’d be fun to get a crack at him. We’ll see.
Everyone should be looking forward to Jaime and Brienne this season. It’ll be a highlight, of that I’m sure. But what of changes between the original text and the show? Some seem arbitrary, what’s the reasoning behind them?
BC: With all due respect to the fans, there is never a single change on this show that’s “arbitrary”. Every change is debated and discussed at length and there’s always a good reason — be it creative, budgetary, etc. D&D [Benioff & Weiss] make decisions in the adaptation based on what’s best for the show. Of course, I’d love everyone to love every bit of the series, but you can’t please everyone all the time.
I like to believe fans are becoming used to the changes and alterations that come with an adaptation. We’re seeing more and more, just look at The Hobbit or The Walking Dead. Both of those properties have and are making extensive changes from their source material, but they’re generally loved by (most) fans.
I don’t know, have you felt the changes from the books made to Game of Thrones are arbitrary and unnecessary? What are you doing to bide you time until Season 3?