WIn­ter War­rIors

SFX - - Game of Thrones -

At the time of SFX’s visit to the set, many of the GOT team have just re­turned from the Emmy Awards in Los An­ge­les. The show won 12 of its 23 nom­i­na­tions. This took its to­tal wins to 38, beat­ing a record pre­vi­ously held by ’90s sit­com Frasier for the most re­warded prime-time se­ries.

Still, ev­ery­one’s re­turned to the North­ern Ir­ish set with a soggy bump. The stakes are higher than ever. For one thing, while on the show, win­ter has fi­nally come, the end is com­ing, too – this is the penul­ti­mate se­ries of

Game Of Thrones. For an­other, sea­son six fea­tured ac­claimed set-pieces by the fist­ful: Cer­sei’s wild­fire spec­tac­u­lar, the Bat­tle of the Bas­tards, the death of Hodor, the de­struc­tion of the slavers’ fleet and the doggy de­vour­ing of Ram­say Bolton.

How, then, to top those? Es­pe­cially when, as the se­ries’ sabre-rat­tling first full trailer re­cently promised, “the Great War is here”.

“Um, no,” Cog­man smiles. “Be­lieve it or not, the story just or­gan­i­cally goes where it goes. The stakes are escalating, and the story is nat­u­rally escalating as the war es­ca­lates. So I don’t think we ap­proach it with [the view­point of ], ‘well, we’ve got to top this’. But we

The joy of this sea­son is throw­ing all these char­ac­ters into the mix

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