'Game of Thrones' Writer Explains the Challenges of Creating the 'End Game'

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 7:15PM
Game of Thrones
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 7:15PM
'Game of Thrones' Writer Explains the Challenges of Creating the 'End Game'
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If you, like most people, are currently itching for more exciting Game of Thrones action, then be prepared: what's coming in season seven is going to be bittersweet.

This season will begin setting up for the story's climax in a big way, and it's not long until everything comes to a close. At least, that's what Bryan Cogman, one of the show's executive producers and writers has said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly where he delved into what's coming in the near and not so near future.

The entire interview is worth a read, but the most tantalizing comments from Cogman dwell on the fast approaching series finale that we'll be getting at some point in the next two years, and how season seven will begin laying the groundwork for the end of the show. "This is the end game," as he ominously says:

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"There's probably a world where we could have milked this thing for another eight seasons, and that would have been very lucrative for all of us. But [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] really wanted to go out on a good high point and I think we're doing our best to service all those relationships and character combinations. Characters are coming together for a reason and that's because s–t's going down and so the s–t has to go down."
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Based on Cogman's comments, it sounds like one of the big things the upcoming season will do is play around with new relationships, as various key heroes from all across Westeros (and beyond, in the case of Daenerys) come together to form new alliances or stoke the flames on unhelpful rivalries. Also interesting is a few words on making sure that the battles from this season, when various characters clash, feel balanced (especially when there are giant fire breathing monsters on the field):

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"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."
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If previous seasons of the show feel like they've got a lot going on, it's nothing compared to the balancing act that's coming. One advantage to Game of Thrones slowly having pared down its roster of characters over the past six seasons is that now those that remain have enough time on screen to feel fully developed, and to get, if all goes well, a satisfying conclusion to their own personal arcs.



How these will play together is anybody's guess, but with the theme of alliance running deep in season seven, the chances are that some of our heroes will find common ground, while others will end up competing to achieve contradictory goals. In other words, what's coming will be everything you'd normally expect of Game of Thrones, but amped up to a never before seen level of excitement.

Game of Thrones returns July 16, 2017 on HBO.
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