Scripting Episode 6
By Fire And Blood on in Speculation.

Continuing, as ever, our best-guess exploration into the scripts of Game of Thrones. Our rough Season One outline can be found HERE. Episodes 2 – 5 can be found here: Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5. As per the norm, none of these scripts are official. We’re just guessing our asses off (and wish-listing a little). Episode 6 encompasses pages 384 – 443 of “A Game of Thrones” (U.S. softcover).

EPISODE SIX

21 scenes; 57 pages

½ of TYRION 5
DAENERYS 4
EDDARD 10
½ of TYRION 5
BRAN 5
CATELYN 7

This episode will actually be penned by the worthy Jane Espenson, scribe of such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, and Caprica. Espenson made a name for herself writing fan-favorite scripts (and has picked up a few awards for herself in the process), and we hope her streak of awesomesauciness continues in Game of Thrones. Please note the script outline below is not her script.

Spoilers, as ever, abound.

Episode 6 has more intrigue than action, but there is still enough to keep the episode badass. Tyrion takes some abuse at the hand of Mord the gaoler, Dany smacks Viserys across the face with a medallion belt, Robert “honors” Cersei, and an attempt to rob Bran fails in a violently spectacular way. Episode 6 ends strong with Bronn’s inexorable defeat and killing of Ser Vardis Egen.

Introductions: Mord, Osha, Stiv, Hali, Ser Albar Royce, Ser Lyn Corbray, Lord Eon Hunter, and Lady Anya Waynwood (also Ser Arthur Dayne, Brandon Stark, a younger Petyr Baelish, a younger Catelyn Tully, and a younger Lysa Tully are seen in flashbacks)

Deaths: Stiv, Hali, two other wildling men, Ser Vardis Egen

Sex: None. Dany takes a bath though.

INT. THE EYRIE – SKY CELL – DAY [quarter page]

Tyrion awakens, beaten and bloodied. He’s disoriented, squinting against an impossibly bright light. In flashes he remembers what happened to him…

FLASHBACK TO:

INT. THE EYRIE – THRONE ROOM – DAY [2 pages]

Tyrion is brought before Lysa and Robert Arryn as Catelyn looks on. Lysa not only accuses him of the attack on Bran, but also of the murder of Jon Arryn. Rather than beg, Tyrion implies his family will assault the Eyrie if any harm should come to him. Little Robert boasts the Eyrie is impregnable, but Tyrion mocks him and the Eyrie. A furious Lysa has him dragged off.

BACK TO PRESENT:

INT. THE EYRIE – SKY CELL – DAY [half page]

Tyrion is helped to his feet— by the gaoler MORD. “Not done with you yet,” Mord mutters, throwing Tyrion against the wall. Mord beats Tyrion mercilessly. A vicious kick sends Tyrion spinning across the floor … and coming dangerously close to plummeting off the edge of:

EXT. THE EYRIE – SKY CELLS – DAY [quarter page]

Establishing shot, pulling back and away from the white honeycomb of prison cells. Sucks to be Tyrion.

OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE [1 page]

EXT. VAES DOTHRAK – HORSE GATES – DUSK [1.5 pages]

Khal Drogo rides into the Dothraki “city” of VAES DOTHRAK followed by his bloodriders (Qotho, Haggo, and Cohollo) and the rest of his khalasar. Daenerys rides with him, accompanied by Ser Jorah and Viserys.

EXT. VAES DOTHRAK – WESTERN MARKET – NIGHT [3.5 pages]

Khal Drogo and his khalasar ride the winding path through the odd collection of different buildings. Dany is impressed by all the ancient monuments, but Viserys scoffs at the “trash of dead cities.” Viserys rides off. Daenerys and Ser Jorah are left behind with Dany’s servants as Drogo leaves to ascend the Mother of Mountains in order to make a sacrifice to the gods. Dany asks Jorah of the odds that ten thousand Dothraki might actually be able to conquer Westeros. Jorah says Viserys could not lead them (“Viserys could not sweep a stable with ten thousand brooms”), but perhaps someone else could. Jorah admits Robert Baratheon might actually be fool enough to meet the Dothraki in the open field. Jorah also confesses his hatred for Eddard Stark, “He took from me all I loved, for the sake of his precious honor.”

INT. VAES DOTHRAK – HOLLOW HILL – NIGHT [4 pages]

Dany is bathed by her handmaidens. After, she asks Doreah to invite her brother to dine with her so she can give him gifts. But when Viserys arrives he is furious at being “summoned” and spurns Dany’s gifts. Viserys grabs Dany roughly by the arm; she responds by hitting him across the face with a bronze belt. Viserys leaves bleeding. Dany, saddened, curls up to sleep with a dragon egg.

EXT. TOWER OF JOY – DAWN [DREAM SEQUENCE] [1 page]

Ned leads an assault on the old TOWER OF JOY, swathed in fog, seven against three. “And now it begins,” SER ARTHUR DAYNE says as he draws his greatsword Dawn. Ned replies sadly, “No, now it ends.” Somewhere Lyanna screams Ned’s name, and blue rose petals blow across a blood-streaked sky. “I promise,” Ned answers her.

INT. TOWER OF THE HAND – NED’S CHAMBERS – DAWN [6 pages]

Ned is awakened by Vayon Poole, who informs him that King Robert has requested his presence. Ned tells Vayon his broken leg will not allow him to walk as yet, but he will receive Robert in his chambers. Moments later, Robert enters with Cersei in tow, demanding hostilities cease between the Starks and Lannisters. Cersei is her usual charming self and Robert cuffs her to silence her. Cersei says she will wear the bruise as a badge of honor; “Wear it in silence, or I’ll honor you again,” retorts Robert. Cersei leaves, and Robert admits his regret that he could not marry Lyanna instead. “Rhaegar won, damn him. I killed him and yet he still won. He has Lyanna and I have her.” Robert rises to leave, tossing Ned his silver Hand clasp. He tells Ned he is the Hand again whether he likes it or not, and forbids him from leaving the city.

INT. THE EYRIE – SKY CELL – DAY [2 pages]

Tyrion stops another beating at the hands of Mord with the promise of Lannister gold (“A Lannister always pays his debts”), asking only for a message to be delivered to Lady Lysa. Tyrion says he is ready to confess.

INT. THE EYRIE – SKY CELL – NIGHT [half page]

Tyrion is awakened by Ser Vardis Egen to be taken to Lysa.

INT. THE EYRIE – THRONE ROOM – NIGHT [7 pages]

Lysa Arryn has gathered many lords and ladies to hear Tyrion’s confession, including Lord Nestor Royce and his heir SER ALBAR ROYCE; also introduced are SER LYN CORBRAY, LORD EON HUNTER, and LADY ANYA WAYNWOOD and her sons. Catelyn is here, as well as Ser Rodrik and Ser Willis Wode, the Blackfish, Marillion, and Bronn. Tyrion confesses that he has indeed led a wicked life–- but he denies having anything to do with any murders, successful or not. Tyrion demands a trial by combat and Bronn steps up; “I’ll stand for the dwarf.”

EXT. WINTERFELL – GATEHOUSE – DAY [1.5 pages]

Bran rides out the front gate under the supervision of Robb, testing his new saddle on Dancer, his horse. Accompanying them are Theon Greyjoy, Maester Luwin, and a handful of guards. The direwolves Summer and Gray Wind follow.

EXT. WINTER TOWN – DAY [half page]

Bran and his entourage ride through the half-empty WINTER TOWN. Theon flirts with a girl in passing outside an alehouse.

EXT. THE KINGSROAD – CONTINUOUS [2.5 pages]

Still riding, Robb hesitantly tells Bran of a raven’s message that had come earlier: of the attack on their father, his broken leg, and the deaths of Jory and the others. Bran is shocked and saddened. Theon says Robb should call the banners for war; “Blood for blood.”

EXT. THE WOLFSWOOD – DAY [8 pages]

Bran and Robb outdistance the others while trying to keep up with Summer and Gray Wind. Hearing the wolves howl in the distance, Robb crosses a stream to go seek them out, telling Bran to wait for him. Bran is left alone for a span of time … until the unexpected arrival of a band of wildlings: OSHA, STIV, HALI, and two other men. The wildlings attempt to rob Bran of his horse, and Stiv cuts his leg with a knife. Robb returns just then with the wolves, and a quick fight follows. Hali and the two other wildling men are killed by the wolves; Stiv tries to take Bran captive but Theon arrives and kills him with an arrow through the back. Robb is angry rather than grateful, furious that Theon risked Bran’s life. They take Osha captive.

INT. THE EYRIE – CATELYN’S ROOMS – DAWN [3 pages]

Catelyn speaks with Ser Rodrik; they talk of their plans after Tyrion’s trial, and of the Lannisters’ preparations for war. She is angry that the trial is happening at all.

INT. THE EYRIE – LYSA’S APARTMENTS – DAWN [2 pages]

The Blackfish storms out of Lysa’s room as Catelyn enters, furious. Lysa has forbidden him from taking a thousand men west to aid Riverrun in the event Casterly Rock attacks, so he has decided to go alone. Catelyn convinces him to wait until after the trial and join her and Ser Rodrik.

EXT. THE EYRIE – LYSA’S GARDEN – CONTINUOUS [4 pages]

Lysa entertains her various suitors while waiting for the trial by combat to begin; young Lord Robert sits on a high chair overlooking it all. Catelyn tries to talk her sister away from this course, but Lysa will hear nothing of it. Catelyn recalls the first duel she ever witnessed:

FLASHBACK TO:

EXT. RIVERRUN – LOWER BAILEY – DAY [2 pages]

A TEENAGED CATELYN TULLY watches as her betrothed, BRANDON STARK, duels TEENAGED PETYR BAELISH. A TEENAGED LYSA TULLY looks on fearfully. Brandon wins easily but spares Petyr a killing blow, keeping his vow to Catelyn. Petyr calls out Catelyn’s name before falling.

BACK TO PRESENT:

EXT. THE EYRIE – LYSA’S GARDEN – DAWN [4 pages]

The duel finally begins, with Bronn squaring off against Lysa’s champion, Ser Vardis Egen. To the dismay of most, Bronn wins, defeating and killing the older, slower Ser Vardis. Tyrion is freed.


67 Comments

  1. Fire And Blood
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    This episode was actually a little short, coming to only 57 pages, but it was hard for me to put anything else in that didn't mess with the flow. I briefly considered sticking Eddard 11 (where Ned orders Beric Dondarrion to arrest THE GREGOR) somewhere in there, but that transitions too nicely to Sansa 3, and there wasn't enough room for both.

    Possibly some sort of filler could be written (maybe more stuff for Lena Headey to do), but for now I'm leaving it blank. Suggestions?

  2. furrever
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    I like it.

  3. sjwenings
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Dan: “Hey, guess what? They’re writing scripts for every single episode over at WiC!”

    David: “Hell, then why are we sitting here busting our brains? Print’em out and lets go enjoy a cold beer outside in the sun!”

  4. shadallion
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    I think we could add a scene of Jamie marshalling his armies and/or the Mountain reaving the innocent townspeople.

  5. Lex
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    I was just thinking along similar lines. FaB, you are putting a lot of work into these! I haven't been following too closely, but I'm wondering if you have any scriptwriting experience or if this is all new.

    It should be fun for you, when the series airs, to see how similar/different the show turns out.

  6. Hear Me Roar
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Great work again. Before I comment on the content, though, in my capacity as a contributor: even more of the spoilerish content should be hidden behind the jump. I acknowledge the way you tried to phrase things, but it's may not be enough :)

  7. amir
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Hmm, this is much too short, I think.

    I don't believe they'll put in the flashbacks.

    Instead, maybe they'll put in a John chapter, and another Eddard chapter, finishing with Tyrion meeting the clansmen again.

  8. Fire And Blood
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    I write stuff, yeah. Nothing major. My Hollywood experience amounts to some brief script coverage and a short gig that consisted of me working lowest-man-on-the-totem-pole stuff for the now-defunct Presto Productions (those luminaries who brought you the "critically adored" Paul Riser vehicle Mr. Write and later paid handsomely for a story about a murdered K-9 handler whose spirit re-enters the world by possessing–you guessed it!–his dog).

    So no real experience. But I've seen shit. And I've seen shit.

    I'm very interested in seeing how this show turns out. There is a pervading thought in Hollywood that television shows need to have certain elements to succeed, one of them being a very big hammer wielded by Captain Obvious, there to make plain to "mainstream America" and studio execs (i.e. the lowest common denominator), over and over again, the main thrust of the story. They live in fear of making fabulous art that does not sell, so they tend to try and dumb things down by overstating the obvious … for instance by forcing dramatic encounters where there don't need to be any yet.

    You know, like Jaime and Ned squaring off at the dinner table, and Jaime muttering bitterly about Aerys.

    (I kid. Sort of.)

    (Actually, most of the changes I did see in the leaked pilot script were for the better; I'm a big fan of Tyrion not being an acrobat, and I fully understand the need to "dip the wick.")

    Thankfully, HBO seems to be almost impervious to the sort of short-range thinking that plagues other companies. And yes, Game of Thrones is a "property," but Dave and D.B. were first and foremost fans of the series. I feel like we're in good hands, and I think it's going to work.

  9. Fire And Blood
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    That's a great thought, actually. A scene where we see THE GREGOR doing his GREGOR-like things.

    Show, don't tell.

  10. Fire And Blood
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Good point! I actually meant to put it higher but forgot amidst the bustle.

    I'll probably go back and adjust the older ones too. Spoilerlicious!

  11. Maester_Tcost
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    More Gregor is good, more Jamie is better. He could be talking with his uncle Kevan or perhaps Sir Addam Marbrand., or even the luckless Willem Lannister, whom we can later see taken captive along with Jamie at the Green Fork. All three of those characters can use more to do. Kevan and Willem being father and son, Jamie could be talking with both of them, perhaps worrying about Tyrion and his peril.

  12. Maester_Tcost
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    The Eddard chapter, about sending Beric and company off to arrest Gregor, should start the next episode and lead into the Sansa chapter which follows it in the books. Highlight Beric, Thoros, Loras, and even Harwin as much as possible, include Renly if possible. For these reasons the Gregor material suggested above should be in the next episode too, perhaps as part of the teaser, along with Tyrion meeting the clansmen — this episode's Tyrion material should definitely end with Bronn's victory.

    Show the scene with Doreah talking to Viserys, both of them can use more time. Have Theon hit on that girl by the tavern, maybe she's Kyra? Catelyn can talk to Sir Rodrik and the Blackfish for a little longer. Put in Arya and Sansa and Septa Mordaine and Jeyne Poole; since Vayon Poole is in this episode too, maybe even brief interacrion between Jeyne and her father? There is just no end to delicious possibilities here.

  13. Peter Jørgensen
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I was also thinking that if the script needed to be a little longer why not see Tyrion meeting the clansmen. It is also one of my favourite parts of the story.

    If Tyrion has to join his fathers army with his clansmen in the next episode it could be ok to establish them now. I am liking the flashbacks though. Seem to fit in. I am wondering though how they will show young Ned, Cathelyn and littlefinger, in a way so that new viewers will know it is them. Would they have younger actors, or just put on the de-aging makeup pretty heavy.

    Neds men would call him Ned and it would fit in, with him talking to Robert about Lyanna in the next scene. Nice transition. I don´t remember when Cat is meeting Petyr in the brothel, but don´t they talk about the duel? It would give people the clue they need to figure it out.

  14. Nemo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I wish I could share your trust, but I’m not that certain HBO manages to avoid Captain Obvious. Since so many here are fans of True Blood and have used it as an example how HBO does things, I decided to give it another go and have now finished the first season. I probably should admit that I used fast-forward now and then, but I did watch most of the season. Well, it still isn’t my cup of tea, although it got better (maybe I’ll watch the season two as well). The greatest grievances for me were the unsymphatetic characters – the only ones I found interesting were Eric, Pam and Jessica – and the continuous lack of subtlety, which was manifested not only in the overused soft porn, but also, say, in the unmasking of the murderer. The introduction of Eric was a bit over the top to me as well. The bar scene, where we first met him, felt almost embarrassing (everyone were like *awe* and the guy himself was just sitting in the half-shadow looking as ominous as he could). Luckily he got more interesting later. If this is the finest HBO can offer these days, I’m worried. The Sopranos has always been The HBO Show for me and I hope they can reach that level with GoT, but I’m not sure of it. We know that ASOIAF is a great story and that David & Dan are fans of it, but so was Alan Ball with the Sookie Stackhouse books, if I’m not mistaken. I haven’t read the books myself, but I’ve read some comments from people who have and some of them claimed the series doesn’t do justice to characters like Jason, for example. So I consider it a fair possibility that D&D might muck up with the characters or how to tell the story subtly enough. As for the leaked script, I was also relieved that the acrobat Tyrion was missing, but the Jaime/Ned conversation… well, you already pointed out what’s the problem. And I don’t kid ;)

    I hope you guys can put up with my constant whining. It’s just I really, really want GoT to be a successful adaptation, but the phrases like ‘this is HBO, they know what they’re doing’ don’t really reassure me, since I feel they haven’t always made it work. And overall, I consider an amazing film adaptation to be an extremely rare treat.

  15. Nemo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Btw, out of curiosity… I have now received few times the announcement “Your comment must be approved by the site admins before it will appear publicly” when I’ve tried to post a comment. But most of my comments have appeared right away without having to go through the investigation. So, is this some kind of random thing (like every 100. (anonymous?) comment is being checked) or…? And I also fail to see the reason behind it, since it doesn't happen to all of my comments, it seems kinda weird.

  16. Hear Me Roar
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    It is one of the unfortunate perks of IntenseDebate … with some patience, this will change as well. HBO are not the only ones working behind the scenes at the moment.

  17. Nemo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Ah, the IntenseDebate. Say no more.

    And good luck to all behind the scenes workers.

  18. Hear Me Roar
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I've just approved your comment.

  19. Nemo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Hehe, that sounds nice. Thank you.

  20. Kees
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    They'll just AfterEffects Sean Bean scenes from old Sharpe episodes in I guess. That way there'll be no fake Hollywood aging down but a genuinely 15-and change years younger Ned.

    Seriously though, I should hope that at this point at least the Stark heraldry and the Ned composure should be instantly recognizable to any viewer. I think they can run with that. Catelyn and LF and their relation can be mentioned explicitly.

  21. furrever
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Ah, but True Blood is a smash hit, so doesn't that mean that HBO DOES know what it's doing? ;)

    Joking aside, I don't think HBO was trying to make a serious drama with True Blood. The enter production feels very tongue-in-cheek to me. I think that's exactly the look and feel they wanted for the show, which works for its genre.

    I highly doubt HBO would be so foolish as to use the same production techniques for Game of Thrones. I'm hoping instead to see Game of Thrones share the same production quality and style as HBO's Rome and Showtime's The Tudors. When I watch those series, I keep thinking to myself: now THIS is how Game of Thrones should look and feel.

  22. Lex
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    True Blood is very different from most HBO shows, though. It's by far the cheesiest and most campy show I've seen them do. I've watched (and enjoyed it), but not nearly as much as I've enjoyed Deadwood, Rome, The Wire, Carnivale, and The Sopranos (all of which were much subtler and more interesting).

    However, I know more people who watch True Blood than ever watched any of those other shows. Sometimes it annoys me, because I keep trying to tell people about all the other (better) HBO shows, but all they seem to care about is True Blood (which is entertaining, but IMO somewhat overrated).

  23. paulgude
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I can appreciate what HBO is doing with True Blood, and I don't think the fact that it's not entirely my cup of tea speaks ill of their ability to turn out a good show. I'm kind of burnt out on vampires and romance in general, but the tone they've set works well for those elements.

    That said, I agree entirely with what you and furrever were already saying. True Blood is the wrong place to look to get an idea of what HBO is going to do with Game of Thrones. True Blood has a much more tongue-in-cheek style than my favorites, Carnivale, Deadwood, and The Wire, and it's not the type of tone we've seen from the Game of Thrones trailer.

  24. Phoenix_torn
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I'm going to say it-As someone who really enjoys True Blood and has read most of the Sookie Stackhouse books- The books needed helf becoming a TV show. They're entertaining, and fun, but there isn't much meat to them. The books are first person narrative and just follow Sookie around into all of the messes she gets herself into. So, Alan Ball and his team decided it was neccessary to change things to make it work. For me it did. "doesn't do the character's justice" is interesting. Jason is a bad example though. In the books he's pretty much a bakground character for most of the series. at one point his girlfriend SPOILERS Miscarries SPOILERS and he hear maybe three lines from him about it. They do change characters: Lafayette, Tara, Jessica (who is completely made up for the show), and storylines-but it would be hard to fill an entire season with only what's in the books. There really isn't that issue with Thrones.

  25. Phoenix_torn
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    continued

    I'm not really a Fan of Bill and Sookie, and I agree with your list of favourite characters, but one of the best parts of true blood is the detail in the supporting cast. Even people who get three or four lines each season, or the regulars in Merlotte's bar have actual personalities. Most of the vampires on the show have some quirk or manerism that sets them apart.
    I agree with Furrever. True blood isn't supposed to be taken totally seriously. Eric's introduction is obsolutely over the top, what what do you expect? He owns a bar called Fang-tasia. There are people who turn into Collies in this world. It's not serious. It's not the Sopranos and it's not trying to be. I don't think judging the future of Game of Thrones based on something that, although has fantasy element, is an entirely different kind of show.

  26. Josh Parker
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    It is next to impossible to create a TV series out of the Sookie Stackhouse books without adding quite a bit to them. Each book is the size of a Montana's menu and entirely from one person's point of view. That's why there were changes.

    ASOIAF are gi-normous books with multiple point of view shifts that can and will make for interesting TV with very few changes. Sure, they'll probably flesh some characters out more (Jaime, for example), but I doubt they'll make drastic changes such as Eddard being allowed to live or the Red Wedding being written out.

    But I guess we'll see.

  27. paulgude
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

    It looks like they're going to spell out the fact that Loras is gay, so I wonder if they're going to show Ned's head actually struck from his shoulders, rather than have it from Arya's point of view with a glance away at the final moment.

    I ask because the "Is Ned Dead?" question still gets asked, even by people who have read the books:
    http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/19237-

    The main argument by the person who made the above post is that it's not Ned on the platform, but an impostor.

    If you actually read the chapter, rather than remember it, it's pretty clear that Arya knows it's her father. He may be pretty torn up, but a child knows her father's voice, and it's described as being loud and clear.

    Still, people who are used to other TV shows may not believe they'd actually kill Ned off. Bran's survival after what looked like a fatality may add hope for the TV audience, etc.

    There really doesn't seem to be much ambiguity in the book for me, though. Bran has his dream of his father in the crypts in the very next chapter. In the subsequent Sansa chapter, she remembers the incident and *didn't* look away, so there's that as well. Do you think they'll remove *all* ambiguity, or keep that one image from the viewer?

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

  28. Monkey
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I've gotta be honest and say that I don't think you're moving things along quite fast enough. You're current running on about 6 chapters an episode but from what I can tell you've got 33 chapters left to squeeze into 4 episodes. We know from the pilot that we can pack as much as 95 book pages into an episode so it can be done, but the pacing still feels a little off. We haven't heard from Jon in ages, for example. That said, here's my structure for episode 6.

    Ned's storyline in this episode deals with the reversal of his decision to stop being Robert's Hand. That means we get the visit to the brothel with Littlefinger, Jaime's ambush and Robert making him stay around, which makes for a fairly well contained episode story. Either this episode or the next I'd also add a brief scene showing Jaime leaving King's Landing.

    By the by, while I wouldn't necessarily do it myself I'm 100% convinced that Jaime and Ned will have one of those epic action sword fights at this point.

    As mentioned before I'd move Arya overhearing Illyrio and Varys into this ep, and the pre-credits would be Arya's initial wandering through the keep. It just needs a minor update of their discussion on world events and having her conversation with Ned happening after his leg gets busted. We're in agreement with Bran and Tyrion.

    The other thing I'd put in this episode is Dany's ritual with the crones and Viserys being crowned. I think it's pretty obvious that Viserys's death will be a cliffhanger, being the first major character death it just has to be. And to put it in episode 7 means trying to squeeze 5 Dany chapters into 3 episodes, which is too much for me, especially with everything else that's going to be going on. Plus, there's nothing else that really works as a cliffhanger and it will make a great ironic contrast with Illyiro and Varys's discussion about giving the kingdom to Viserys.

    And that's my episode. 87 book pages, 7 chapters, 3 action sequences evenly spaced throughout the ep and 1 shocker of an ending.

    …Man, I wish Harry Lloyd could stick around for longer. He's gonna be so awesome.

  29. Nemo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I didn’t expect to get this many responses, definitely a nice surprise!

    I can see that True Blood is very different kind of show from (what is going to be) GoT, but I still feel that there are some issues that they (may) have in common. As I said, I really didn’t get attached to TB’s characters (save Eric, Pam, Jessica), and that was exactly the thing the book reader I mentioned was complaining about Jason, who was according to his/her opinion a sympathetic “loser” in the books, but a boring jerk in the show. It’s easy to get connected to the characters (at least to those who have a POV) in the books, but how to make them as layered and genuine characters in GoT might be problematic. If the Sookie Stackhouse books are told from her POV, the readers probably connect to her strongly (do they?), but the TB version of her character left me somewhat cold.

    As for the subtlety, perhaps the introduction of Eric wasn’t the best possible example. I just don’t like excessive underlining. The Ned/Jaime conversation in the leaked script seemed a bit over the top and so did Cersei’s reptilian eyes (or something like that). I realise that no-one is probably going to comment anything about her reptilian eyes, but the mention of them gave me the impression they’re going to play Cersei a bit more straight-forward than I thought.

    The other thing that came to my mind was that I actually enjoyed very much the pace TB had. As Phoenix_torn and Josh Parker said, Alan Ball et al. made up a lot since the books are shorter. That also means that they had plenty of time to let the storylines and the events develop, there was no hurry to continue immediately to the following scene. But the ASOIAF books have a lot more material. And if that teaser is anything to go with, the pace in GoT will be hectic :P

  30. Nymeria
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Interesting debate.

    I guess that's one example where the series might bring a little plus to the readers by providing some answers. We'll see how they show it.

    ***SPOILERS***
    If we all recognize Sean Bean at the said scene, than everyone's doubts will be put to rest.

    If they show him from afar, with Sansa only seeing him from behind, or with his face mostly hidden by a hood or so wrecked (with make-up) he couldnt be recognized if it weren't for the Stark cloak, the Hand sigil and the fact that he is annouced as Ned, it could mean GRRM insisted on the ambiguity as being important, or just that D&D wanted to preserve it to stay loyal to the book or make the most out of this opportunity to provoke disbelief.

    Another example where the series could provide answers is the last we see of Syrio…

    ***END OF SPOILERS***

    I think GRRM's involvement in the HBO series is the best token of the quality and enjoyment we can expect. As long as he is respectfully involved (as he seems to be up to now), there should be no distortion of the plots ala TrueBlood. Just garanteed awesomeness and, as a bonus, perhaps some answers. What more could a rabid fan ask for? :)

  31. Nemo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    As for Harry Lloyd, I totally agree with you. I'm absolutely sure that I will like his Viserys a lot more than the book Viserys. Perhaps it will be the same thing with Joffrey.

    I hope that my liking the baddies more doesn't mean I end up liking the goodies less :P

  32. @raijap
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Well, our mystery TIA didn't get the part (someone else did!) but they want to get her back in for another character later on. Maybe we'll see her as Ygritte…

  33. Lex
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    SPOILERS
    -
    -
    -
    No, I think we NEED to see Sean Bean's face, and the look of shock when Joffrey gives the command. "WTF?!? I'm supposed to be going to the Wall—"

  34. Nymeria
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I must say I totally agree with you on the importance of preserving the intrigue, the ambiguity and the hidden clues style of GRRM's aSoIaF. I'm fed up with the predictability in books, movies and TV series or the showing of Captain Obvious as you call it.

    As a reader or viewer, I'm tired of being treated as a child and taken by the hand every step of the way. I want to be amazed, deceived, surprised and challenged in such a way that I will want to re-read or re-watch as soon as I'm finished to see what I missed and appreciate the masterpiece of cleverness.
    I’m also constantly disappointed with trailers giving away the punch lines and the whole story line.

    I agree that True Blood is very cheesy and campy. Yet it is also very popular, meaning there is a demand for such form of entertainment. I also think HBO wants to explore the complete opposite with GoT and so find a balance and attract a fuller range of viewers. TB is light and fun. GoT will be dark and tragic and intellectually challenging.

    The released teaser seemed like a really good start in the right direction, IMO.

  35. Nymeria
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    ***SPOILER***
    You're probably right, but my point is, if we DON'T see it, than maybe the "Is Ned dead?" theory has some ground afterall…

  36. Nymeria
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks raijap! So maybe Ygritte then… :)

  37. The_Rabbit01
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Hm..Could we make a conclusion that the mystery role is filled by now?
    and that the other character she is refering to is possibly Shae ? ( It could be Ygritte, I admit, but somehow I do not think so, that the casting team would mention the role from unapprouved season).

  38. Nemo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Captain Obvious was FaB's expression, I just immediately took a liking to it :)

    As for being treated as a child, I know what you mean and couldn't agree more.

  39. Nymeria
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how GRRM's one-week absence is affecting the casting process. Does that mean they are suspending any decision until his return? Or that they will make what decisions they need to make without his input during that week? He seemed to had lots of audition tapes to watch almost daily lately… Will they pile up during his absence, thus delaying the process? Or maybe D&D and Nina Gold are mostly done for now and already got all the input they needed from him… The other possibility is that they somehow deliver tapes to him and he continues to watch them on a VCR in his hotel while he is away… which I somehow highly doubt.
    Not that it matters really. Just a thought.

  40. The_Rabbit01
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I think (due to the last few GRRMs posts) that they are in the stage of negotiation for most of the roles.
    GRRM confirmed that the five or six roles have been cast (Roy Dotrice and Kristian Nairn among them), but the contract has not been signed by the actors. Obviously, Dotrice and Nairn did signed the contracts afterwords but 3 or 4 actors did not.
    In the process of negotiation they do not need GRRM at all.

  41. paulgude
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    That to me is a definite possibility. There's this:

    "The response was positive, they liked my tape and the director liked my look but they decided to go for a different casting type for this particular role. Knowing what they’re going for – which I won’t go into details here because the sherlocks on the scene will work out the actress far too quickly – I get it and think that the part definitely suits that look more."

    So, even though she didn't go into details, the "type" question is an interesting one.

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

    Both Doreah and Osha (so far) only appear in seasons 1 & 2. Frankly, I hadn't even thought of Osha, because I've always thought of her as an older woman.

    It's possible that the different "casting type" possesses something that TIA can't change about herself, such as a different skin color, different height, different weight, or dissimilar age. It's just a thought because between wardrobe and makeup I'm not sure why she would say the other actress "suits that look more," than her. I mean, it's possible that she means that the person that was cast normally plays a more innocent type or a more promiscuous type or what have you, but it seems like acting would take care of that.

    That said, if they're all but guaranteed a season two, it's possible that they're looking at her for Ygritte, as multiple people on this board keep mentioning her suitability.

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

  42. spacechampion
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Total aside, but does anyone like to play Risk? I've created a Westeros map for the crossplatform open source game Domination.
    http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/41205-

    Large map: http://spacechampions.com/GameOfThrones.zip
    Small map: http://spacechampions.com/Westeros.zip\
    Domination files needed: http://yura.net/projects/domination

  43. Nemo
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I'm going to throw in a totally random thought now, but perhaps "suits the look more" refers to the family alikeness. Maybe they were casting someone for the role of Lyanna?

    And perhaps they'll want TIA as Margaery? If our TIA is Alice Henley, she has the perfect doe eyes.

  44. The_Rabbit01
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    That is interesting thought Nemo.

    !!!SPOILER!!!!
    !!!SPOILER!!!
    But I really doubt that we are actually going to see Lyanna in Season 1, more likely we are going just to hear some words form her as: "Promise me, Ned".

  45. Josh Parker
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one here who LIKES True Blood? I kinda feel ashamed at typing those words, based on the comments most on this site have, but I have to say it ropes me in. Mostly because it's a show my wife and I can watch together (and getting to see Anna Paquin naked has nothing whatsoever to do with it. Nothing. Not a bit.).

  46. paulgude
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    @westerosorg reports MMU graduate John Bradley-West has been cast as Samwell Tarly http://ow.ly/27j92

  47. Brude
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    The way she worded her post the other character sounds to me like it's for a future season, though I suppose if the role she was up for was Doreah they could just be holding off on focusing on Shae until the more pressing characters are done. But if they had her in the room, I suspect they might have had her read for Shae anyway and it didn't sound like that's what happened to me. It sounds like she's on a definite-maybe list for characters they don't even have pages for, yet. That would mean, probably, characters for future seasons. Three real possibilities there:

    Ygritte
    Asha
    Margaery (Who, like Loras and everyone else, will probably be aged up some. An 18 year-old Margaery would not change her character one bit.)

  48. spacechampion
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Sam is cast!

  49. Brude
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Well, we'll see Lyanna as a sculpture and if they want to do flashbacks with her they will have to cast someone, then base the sculpture on the actress. I know they already shot the scene where her sculpture is prominant, but they could easly have shot it to composite the statue in once they know what the actress playing her will look like, or do it with inserts of the status so you never really see Ned and Robert with her statue in the same frame.

    The other way is to just make the sculpture kind of a "generic pretty" face and find a fairly "generic pretty" actress to play the role, since there's very little we would likely see of her from those scenes, anyway.

  50. Abyss
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Do you have link to verify this? ^^

  51. Alex
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Sam is indeed cast. John Bradley-West.

  52. Alex
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Also for any interested, you can find a bio here.

  53. Fire And Blood
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    I like True Blood, and enjoy it for the campy splatterfest that it is. It's not a "horror-comedy" per se, not in the tradition of something like Sean of the Dead, but there are certainly points where the producers expect (and receive) a rather high suspension of disbelief in trade for watercooler-worthy entertainment.

    The shows I want Game of Thrones to emulate are HBO's Deadwood for the gaunt realism it successfully balanced with emotive storytelling, the John Adams miniseries for the believably subtle way computer effects were used, The Wire for its uncanny ability to juggle multiple PoV storylines and make it work (even when we didn't see various characters for episodes on end), and Showtime's The Tudors for completely awesome costuming.

    Toss in a little Lord of the Rings for a dash of epic scale, add George R. R. Martin's brilliant story and his engaging characters, mix well, and voila!

    Of course things still worry me, but we also have to ask ourselves: who else could do this story justice?

    It's not going to be perfect for everybody. We all have different things that make us twitch; my usual "no tacky Targaryen wigs please" rant doesn't belong in a script thread anyway. But as for the story … it's right there in the books. I can't wait to see it unfold.

  54. spacechampion
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I find amusing his bio list workshops done while training: Animal Workshop, Period Dancing, and Clowning. The animal workshop can't possibly mean expertise handling all sorts of animals (like crows), could it?

  55. spacechampion
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink
  56. Mormegil
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Looks older than I always pictured Sam but then all the Characters probably will.

  57. Fire And Blood
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Ending with Viserys's "crowning" isn't a bad idea, though it takes a little of Dany from the next episode, whereas I wanted her a little more spread out. Plus I too like the idea of Harry Lloyd living to see another day.

    I might go Ned instead. But I need to rethink this one; my outline for Episode 7 (only three more to go after that one) encompasses nine book chapters. And while many of those are significantly pared down, it's still a lot.

  58. Nemo
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Yeah, the Lyanna suggestion is totally dependent on whether HBO uses flashbacks or not. If they choose to tell Rhaegar and Lyanna's story otherwise, the statue in the Winterfell crypt is the only place we see Lyanna and they can easily make that sculpture look like whoever they want (hopefully a little like Maisie).

    But I like flashbacks so I'm hoping we'd get them :)

  59. Critical_Geek
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Whoa whoa whoa….Cheesiest and Campiest? I call BS on that.

    Eastbound and Down
    Flight of the Conchords
    Bored to Death
    Little Brittain USA
    Funny or Die Presents

    At least one of those is cheesier, and at least one is campier than True Blood. :)

  60. Critical_Geek
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    At this point, i'd suggest writing episode 10 and working backwards to meet this episode to figure out what should be put in.

  61. Nymeria
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    same here. I like it for what it is. Light, fun, cheesy and campy. and more adult oriented than, say, Twilight or Vampire Diaries. I like it for its visual quality. (or I should say its HBO quality). I watched the first 2 seasons. I liked the second best, with the goddess storyline. But still, it will never be the best show of my life. Like I said above, I prefer movies, books and tv shows that stimulate my brain in a more serious way. But it doesn't mean I never watch lighter shows or that I don't enjoy them at some level.

  62. Dennis Brennan
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I think I would open, before the credits, with the Tower of Joy flashback, and end the Bran scene with the wildling still holding the knife to Bran, before Theon arrives. Leave it a cliffhanger.

  63. Josh Parker
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    You pretty much nailed exactly what I want from this show, too. I literally could not have said it better myself. I would probably add that I would want the otherworldy, chilling feeling of Carnivale as well.

    My favorite HBO shows, in order, are Rome, Carnivale, The Wire, True Blood and Deadwood. I place Deadwood last because I thought it gave in a little too much to the idea of "We're on HBO, so let's throw 130 more 'fucks' and 70 more 'cocksuckers' into the final draft of that script". It's not that I mind profanity, but variety is the spice of life. Not everybody in town would use the same insult (cocksucker), nor would a religious man at the time use the word "fuck" in public.

    I enjoy True Blood on an entirely different level than I enjoy ASOIAF. I certainly didn't pick up "Dead Until Dark" and expect that this thin little slip of a novella with a cartoon drawing of a vampire to be anything more than beach reading that entertains. After watching the first show, I realized it was exactly what I thought it would be: Southern Buffy with telepathy instead of super strength that doesn't shy away from depicting actual nudity.

  64. jarod
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m confused because episode 6 the golden crown viserys dies not episode 7 can someone explain my brain hurts

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