‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season: Bryan Cogman Forecasts the “Unprecedented” Battle Ahead – Hollywood Reporter

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"We don't have time for all this." In the final-season premiere, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) articulated the frustration felt by some Game of Thrones viewers over the past two weeks as the HBO series inches closer to its endgame. The first two installments of season eight are in the rearview mirror, the shortest episodes of the year by roughly 20 minutes each, with time spent infusing each main character with the proper mixture of hope and dread. The simmering recipe is set to fully boil over in the coming episode from director Miguel Sapochnik, he of "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards" fame. Those who wanted to see Thrones hurry up and deliver sword-swinging action may find themselves regretting what they wished for in short order. Of course, for his part, longtime Thrones writer and co-executive producer Bryan Cogman won't say one way or the other regarding his predictions for how the audience will react when the dust settles on the Winterfell war. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, he offers up this much of a tease: The battle will be of a size and scale "unparalleled and unprecedented … in the history of filmed entertainment." Clegane Bowl hype, eat your heart ....

HBO is in the process of casting and preparing a pilot that takes place thousands of years before Thrones, from the mind of writer Jane Goldman. Cogman's prequel will not be moving forward, according to the writer himself, who signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios last fall. Cogman spoke with THR about saying farewell through "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, " what to expect from the coming battle, and the challenges of ending Game of Thrones without the benefit of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels to light the way. What were you hoping to accomplish with "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, " insofar as it lays track for the remainder of the series? I think it was important that we took the time to have not only the viewer but the characters themselves take stock of where they are, and reflect on their journeys. That was important, going into this final stretch. .

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