Ask a GoT Writer: Post Season 3 Edition
By Winter Is Coming on in General.

Laptop in Coffee ShopA few months back we announced a new, semi-regular feature here at WiCnet, called Ask a GoT Writer. We solicited questions from the fanbase and then posed them to a Game of Thrones writer. Bryan Cogman answered the first round of questions and has graciously agreed to answer another round, now that season 3 has concluded. These questions can be anything, from adaptation choices to canonical clarifications to opinions on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing is off-limits! (Although, there’s no guarantee whatever questions you submit will be answered… it never hurts to try!)

So fill out the form below to submit your questions and keep an eye on WiCnet within the next couple weeks to see if your questions were answered!


110 Comments

  1. Red Viper
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Go Hodor yourself!

  2. Grijnwaald
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Red Viper:
    Go Hodor yourself!

    Well that was rude….

  3. Red Viper
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Grijnwaald,

    You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to get the first post.

  4. SerCountryFriedSteak
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    “Yeah Bryan, when are you gonna coup d’état these bums D&D ?”

  5. Grijnwaald
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Red Viper,

    Congrats! :D

  6. Fire And Blood
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Hoping for a fair and just answer to the vital indigo question.

  7. Midori
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I wish Bryan Cogman wrote all the episodes! He never fails to deliver, and it always feels like he really has a deep understanding of characters’motivations and personalities. Now that season 3 is over, I realize that looking back, GRRM’s episode (The Bear and the maiden fair) was the worst one. Actually, that was the worst episode of all 3 seasons, imo. Sadly. :-(

  8. Grijnwaald
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Fire And Blood,

    Richard of York gave battle Violently? Valliantly?

  9. mags giantsbabe
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I politely asked why Jon’s story arc gets neglected so much and if whether he has any info on season four. Hope it gets answered!

  10. Arthur
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Dear Bryan Cogman,

    Can you make this be The Red Viper intro scene?

    http://youtu.be/gKsEPoJMuKY

  11. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m very excited to see the outcome of this Cogman interview! Thanks WiC et al for doing this.

  12. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    My hand slipped and I submitted it accidently mid-sentence. Oops

  13. The Young Wolf
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve submitted my question, now bury this article so I actually have a shot at getting it answered!

  14. Isabelle
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Yay! So glad this is still happening–will have to think some up! Thank you WiC and Ser Cogman for doing this!

  15. Rafael
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Arthur:
    Dear Bryan Cogman,

    Can you make this be The Red Viper intro scene?

    http://youtu.be/gKsEPoJMuKY

    That was great :)

  16. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully having to resend my question won’t be what hurts my chances! I asked why Catelyn didn’t scratch up her face at the RW. I thought the change worked better for T.V. but I remember there lots of complaints.

  17. Darquemode
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Ask B-Cog why D&D decided to shift the Bear Pit scenes into the Episode 3.07 and removed the Eyrie scene altogether. To what end?

    Will those filmed Eyrie scenes (as well as other filmed not shown scenes) be pushed back to Season 4 or maybe DVD bonus features?

  18. Darquemode
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Ms. D. Ranged in AZ,

    Ditto!
    This is a nice treat that is always fun and insightful!
    Thanks W-I-C staff and Mr. Cogman

  19. Jentario
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Fire And Blood:
    Hoping for a fair and just answer to the vital indigo question.

    The answer is yes.

  20. Jentario
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Midori:
    I wish Bryan Cogman wrote all the episodes! He never fails to deliver, and it always feels like he really has a deep understanding of characters’motivations and personalities. Now that season 3 is over, I realize thatlooking back, GRRM’s episode (The Bear and the maiden fair) was the worst one. Actually, that was the worst episode of all 3 seasons, imo. Sadly. :-(

    He was given so little to work with. Such a shame…

  21. msd
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I submitted a question so this is just a comment …

    Bryan, yet again your episode was one of the strongest of the season. In fact it’s possibly my own personal favourite of the ten. I’m very happy you’ve been rewarded with two episodes next season.

  22. Watson
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    For which storyline was it hardest to decide on an ending point for season 3?

  23. Miles Chambers
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan,

    Congrats on how excellent the series has been as of the end of season three! The writers have nailed most death sequences up to date, especially the major ones, in my opinion, though I found it intriguing that Robb’s wife was killed off whereas she wasn’t at the Red Wedding in the book (though, admittedly, she is a very different character). Going forwards, will there be similar instances where fairly front-and-central characters survive/die where in the book the opposite was the case? Or was Talisa’s death very much a one off?

  24. Jentario
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Watson:
    For which storyline was it hardest to decide on an ending point for season 3?

    Great question! Someone should follow up with a more general: How did you decide where to split ASOS? Did you go through the same fits as the fans do about including certain events or pushing them back?
    I already used my question, though….

  25. Pau Soriano
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to congratulate Bryan Cogman for doing this (again!) as the first post was my favourite by far of this season. He went really in depth with the answers, much more that I expected, really.

    My take my hat off to you sir

  26. Valdred Dethstorm
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Apart from praising Mr. Cogman’s work, I asked him about the Tower of Joy, the prince that was promised, and Azor Ahai. Wonder if those elements will make it to the TV show.

  27. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    Yeah, I submitted a related question as well. I was wondering if the writing staff was torn on how to end S3. It just seemed they could have done so much more with that wonderful “Mhysa” episode title…instead of a simple literal interpretation to end the season. {yes, I am still whining}

  28. Jentario
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard:
    Jentario,

    Yeah, I submitted a related question as well. I was wondering if the writing staff was torn on how to end S3. It just seemed they could have done so much more with that wonderful “Mhysa” episode title…instead of a simple literal interpretation to end the season. {yes, I am whining still}

    Well, the upside is that the actuall reveal will be MILES better and just as awesome and surprising as it was in the books.

  29. Nick Larter
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Fire And Blood:
    Hoping for a fair and just answer to the vital indigo question.

    Utterly OT but can’t resist asking you this FaB – in recent articles about Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim the Kaiju are described as having indigo blood and that there is so much of it around after battles that it is slowly turning the whole world indigo. a) Who did you upset so badly and how? b) where will you go when the Kaiju come?

  30. Pau Soriano
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Valdred Dethstorm:
    Apart from praising Mr. Cogman’s work, I asked him about the Tower of Joy, the prince that was promised, and Azor Ahai. Wonder if those elements will make it to the TV show.

    I’d love to know the answer to that also but as I understand it Bryan doesn’t answer questions concerning the future of the series so… :/

  31. the other guy
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard:
    Jentario,

    Yeah, I submitted a related question as well. I was wondering if the writing staff was torn on how to end S3. It just seemed they could have done so much more with that wonderful “Mhysa” episode title…instead of a simple literal interpretation to end the season. {yes, I am still whining}

    I just submitted a similar question. I hope we get to know more about that. I really want to know why they chose to end the season with this scene.

  32. Carne
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Deleted scenes!

    And bring Burn Gorman back!

  33. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Oh, I have a clueless feeling that Coldhands (and Summer) will kill those mutinous NightWatchmen, in addition to the wights, as they protect Bran and company.

  34. mariamb
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Carne:

    And bring Burn Gorman back!

    Absolutely! He was excellent in the scene at Craster’s.

  35. Dogmayor
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I got a question, why did they fuck up Stannis so badly? And do they intend to correct their mistakes with him in future seasons?

  36. Tolgeros
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    My question was: What happened to Aliser Thorne and the wight’s hand? Wasn’t he supposed to bring it to King’s Landing?

  37. Nezzer
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Dogmayor:
    I got a question, why did they fuck up Stannis so badly?

    Yeah, I’d also like to know that. I’ve seen many non-readers who think Stannis is a power-hungry zealot s who is completely under Mel’s control. Many of them think he’s a villains now =P

  38. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Michael274,

    Agreed.

  39. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I think D&D are not Stannis fans and intentionally or not that has leaked into the show. It’s too bad because I am a Stannis fan. Every one who reads the books has a different perspective on what characters are good and bad so I guess it’s just a consequence of adaptation. If they had been in half of the fandom that hates Dany, this would be a very different show.

  40. Jentario
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger:
    I think D&D are not Stannis fans and intentionally or not that has leaked into the show.It’s too bad because I am a Stannis fan.Every one who reads the books has a different perspective on what characters are good and bad so I guess it’s just a consequence of adaptation.If they had been in half of the fandom that hates Dany, this would be a very different show.

    Honestly, I only started liking Stannis at the second half of ASOS. I think and hope Stannis will be better next season.

  41. B
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I hope my questions got through, it said Error once I pressed send and the page started displaying improperly. How do we know if the question submission was received?

  42. Ser Rib
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    To those detractors…..you do realize that Cogman wrote most if not all of the Stannis centric plot points right?

  43. Nick Larter
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    OK, I asked two:-

    a) did they agonise that having Talisa and young Ned murdered at the RW would spoil fan speculation about Jeyne Westerling’s role in the books to come?

    b) where is the trunk of Ned’s bones now?

  44. arden
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Dogmayor,

    What did you think of Stannis the first half of SoS? just curious

  45. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    This.

    Hope I’m allowed to agree with you, so this post doesn’t get deleted, too.

  46. Michael274
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    That’s a bunch of rubbish ! Why did they make him badass and fight in the BW episode as opposed to the books where he was barely present if they hated him ? Also i would like to know why was my post deleted ? Because i told that guy to screw himself ? Well no matter how many times you delete my post, my opinion about this person will still be the same .

  47. WompWomp
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Really not looking forward to the dozen or so “Hey Bryan, how come my favorite detail wasn’t included in this scene” questions.

    The only change that made me squirm a little was Ygritte’s awkward appearance in the finale. The logistics of that were just bizarre. I’m still sore at the equally awkward Dany scene in the same episode. That such a great season of television ended with such a tepid finale is my only personal letdown.

  48. Nezzer
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Jentario: Honestly, I only started liking Stannis at the second half of ASOS. I think and hope Stannis will be better next season.

    The same happened to me, but I just used to think he was boring. I never saw him as a power-hungry zealot or a villain. I acknowledged him as a good guy, as a just and lawful man that happened to be boring and uninteresting. That’s not how most non-readers see Stannis, though. They like Tywin more than Stannis…

  49. WompWomp
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    To clarify, I thought the overall finale was meaty although those two scenes fell flat. It really is the last scene that gets my goat. So awkward… -_-

    I did a little soul searching and LS now showing up had little to do with it. Dany as a liberator always walked the line between trite and profound, and that scene just dips so heavily in the former.

  50. WompWomp
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer,

    The show has worked wonders for his character for me. I think future Stannis material will carry more weight than it did in the books for me thanks to Dillane’s wonderfully unrelenting portrayal and the writing team’s efforts.

  51. Nick Manfredi
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Submitted a very Stannis centric question for Mr. Cogman…

  52. WildSeed
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Jentario: Honestly, I only started liking Stannis at the second half of ASOS. I think and hope Stannis will be better next season.

    I agree with you both, in part. However onscreen Stannis has been consistently
    portrayed as emotional and impulsive. Definitely not the stoic, unyielding strategist
    from ASOIAF. I cringe every time Melisandre continues to sexually seduce him,
    or take full credit for any strategy decision. The violent sex scene really seemed
    out of character for him, and I never envisioned him as a tyrant . That title
    clearly fits Joffrey, unrestrained at enacting absolute power and cruelty,
    with exception to the mad king.

    I never really thought about liking or liking Stannis, I just wanted the respect
    the man for what he is. I would agree though, both characters had more intrigue
    in later books, and especially in ADWD.

  53. Raenelle
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    My “problem” with Stannis is that the actor playing him is very handsome.

  54. barak
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer: Yeah, I’d also like to know that. I’ve seen many non-readers who think Stannis is a power-hungry zealot s who is completely under Mel’s control. Many of them think he’s a villains now =P

    Fun fact: I don’t know any non-readers who think Stannis is a power-hungry zealot or a villain. Most people I know see him as a conflicted man who wants to claim his rightful heritage but chose the wrong way to go about it, and deep in his heart he knows it.

    In the books we see him mostly from Davos’ POV who is a huge Stannis fanboy. In the show we see him more objectively. That’s all.

    SerCountryFriedSteak:
    “Yeah Bryan, when are you gonna coup d’état these bums D&D ?”

    *facepalm*

  55. DarkRavenous
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I asked, what he felt has been the biggest departure from the source material and can he clarify the reasons for taking this departure. I’m interested to see reasons why certains parts are changed, whether its budgetary, time constraints or adaptation preferences.

  56. Lavignac
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    A question for WIC:
    I submitted a question using the form, weeks ago but AFTER BCogman’s first answers post… Would it still be in the running or should I re-submit it?

  57. GeekFurious
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I asked a question about the directors. So no one ask director questions. ;)

  58. Winter Is Coming
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    B:
    I hope my questions got through, it said Error once I pressed send and the page started displaying improperly. How do we know if the question submission was received?

    If you got an error, best to try submitting again. It’s no big deal if you end up submitting it twice.

    Lavignac:
    A question for WIC:
    I submitted a question using the form, weeks ago but AFTER BCogman’s first answers post… Would it still be in the running or should I re-submit it?

    If you submitted it after Bryan answered the first round of questions, then you are fine. I will be going through those this time when selecting questions to send to Bryan.

    If it was from before Bryan answered the first round, then please resubmit as I don’t have time to re-comb through those 200+ emails.

  59. Turncloak
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    mags giantsbabe,

    I blame Kit :p

  60. Aaron McGuire
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I am still confused as to why they rushed Jaime and Brienne arriving in King’s Landing. It makes no sense Jaime arrives in King’s Landing after Joffrey is already dead and Cersei is mourning when they finally meet again why did they decide to have him arrive so early? Will the ramifications of him showing up change the whole Tyrion killing Joffrey, cause if Jamie’s at the wedding wouldn’t he have seen Tyrion kill him? and would this become a butterfly effect when it comes to him helping Tyrion escape King’s Landing?

  61. Tar Kidho
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Maybe this was asked before, but my question to Bryan was if he thinks that it could benefit a show like Game of Thrones if all episodes were written by the same person/team, or alternatively if it’s mainly down to the episode directors. (personally, I think that the style differences from one episode to the next sometimes feel weird)

  62. Mike Chair
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I asked this:

    “Who does [insert GoT character of your choice, male, female or, of course, neutered] have to sleep with to get a 12 episode season of GoT — or at least a 2 hr premier and a 2 hr finale?”

    Hey, The Sopranos had 13 episode seasons.

    James Gandolfini. *Respect*

  63. Turncloak
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I also think Stannis has been too vilinized on the show. What happened to “I tried to save the kingdom by winning the throne, when I should have tried to win the throne by saving the kingdoms”

  64. Turncloak
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Aaron McGuire,

    Tyrion did not kill Joffrey

  65. Dark Star
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I asked if the S2 scene with the farting Lannister soldiers was meant to be interpreted as a GreyWind/Robb warg scene. I have always thought the way it was edited could certainly point to that, but I’ve never seen it mentioned anywhere, and I always forget to ask about it.

  66. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Aaron McGuire,

    Yes! Not to mention the reactions of the guards as he tried to get into the Red Keep. He just conveniently/magically showed up in Cersei’s bedroom. Like the Dany scene, it didn’t sit well with me at all. What an unnecessary knot they’ve got themselves in!

    {trying to have faith in D&D}

  67. Sean C.
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Aaron McGuire: d Brienne arriving in King’s Landing. It makes no sense Jaime arrives in King’s Landing after Joffrey is already dead and Cersei is mourning when they finally meet again why did they decide to have him arrive so early? Will the ramifications of him showing up change the whole Tyrion killing Joffrey, cause if Jamie’s at the wedding wouldn’t he have seen Tyrion kill him? and would this become a butterfly effect when it comes to him helping Tyrion escape King’s Landing?

    The obvious answer to whether it will have a butterfly effect is “no”. Jaime not believing it can easily happen despite his return.

    As to why, my own guess would be that since Jaime and Brienne’s entire narrative arc had to occur this season, there’s nothing much else to do with the characters before they return to King’s Landing.

  68. Jentario
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    I also think Stannis has been too vilinized on the show. What happened to “I tried to save the kingdom by winning the throne, when I should have tried to win the throne by saving the kingdoms”

    I’m positive they’ve saved that for next season. In fact I would bet on it.

    And as for Jon’s story being weak… This season was better than season 2 but for the sake of me I don’t understand why they HAD to take this story slow. Jon has so much more to do in ASOS, but they couldn’t fit one more scene- book readers know, the battle at Castle Black, it seemed the whole season led to Jon’s choice at Queenscrown (or whatever they call it in the show…) but it’s left quite null since we don’t see the immediate ramifications to his choice. IMO Queenscrown should have happened at episode seven and the battle at Castle Black at episode 8 (because you don’t want to stack more pain on top of the Red Wedding). It would have made Jon’s plot a hundred times stronger and would have really helped make the season better (since it ended up being a relatively slow season). It’s not going to be the same SPOILERS killing Ygritte at the beginning of season 4 as at the end of 3 because season 3 was all about their relationship and their commitment (the cave, the Wall climbing and let’s not forget that scene where she feathers him with arrows) and that scene would be much less painful and sad next season when we’ll have had a year to forget all of that.

    So I don’t blame Kit as much as I blame the approach the writers had this season of taking all the stories slow (except for a number which they decided to take really fast just in the last episode). Anyway, Jon’s season 4 will be awesome- guaranteed.

    Rant over.

  69. Turncloak
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    Agreed I think they just wanted to keep the actress and a character most liked in the show for an extra season. I disagree with that approach as well

  70. Addie
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Aaron McGuire,

    Oh oh I have a theory about Jamie being at the royal wedding what if Jamie witnessing it all yet decides to do the “honourable” thing and stick up for Tyrian whilst defying cercies wishes for him to help throw Tyrian under the bus, this is the tipping point that also complements their relationships deteriorating like in the books, but isn’t as petty as “I don’t like the new Jamie” decline from cercie?

  71. Darquemode
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,
    Season 3 was not about Jon and Ygritte’s love story in my mind d I don’t think they kept Ygritte around just to appease fans. Not in anyway whatsoever.

    Season 3 was always about Jon’s time with the Wildlings – NOT his time with Ygritte. It started with him walking into their camp and ended with him returning to the Night’s Watch. Perfect symmetry. It was the finale end point to Jon’s arc that I always expected honestly.

    I did wonder if they would have Jon kill Ygritte while escaping as some people suggested. That would have accomplished both aspects – his season’s theme being the time with the Wildlings and strengthened his arc emotionally for many people. I’m glad they did not though since it was completely unnecessary.

    In the end I think they chose correctly though. It allowed them to have Jon hoisted into the air by his brothers in the same episode Dany was hoisted into the air by her followers connecting their arcs in a very symbolic way. That mirroring of their arcs will be continued of course seeing as both will have issues learning how to rule once they come into power at the end of next season or the beginning of Season 5.

  72. House Snow
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Jentario: I’m positive they’ve saved that for next season. In fact I would bet on it.

    And as for Jon’s story being weak… This season was better than season 2 but for the sake of me I don’t understand why they HAD to take this story slow. Jon has so much more to do in ASOS, but they couldn’t fit one more scene- book readers know, the battle at Castle Black, it seemed the whole season led to Jon’s choice at Queenscrown (or whatever they call it in the show…) but it’s left quite null since we don’t see the immediate ramifications to his choice. IMO Queenscrown should have happened at episode seven and the battle at Castle Black at episode 8 (because you don’t want to stack more pain on top of the Red Wedding). It would have made Jon’s plot a hundred times stronger and would have really helped make the season better (since it ended up being a relatively slow season). It’s not going to be the same SPOILERS killing Ygritte at the beginning of season 4 as at the end of 3 because season 3 was all about their relationship and their commitment (the cave, the Wall climbing and let’s not forget that scene where she feathers him with arrows) and that scene would be much less painful and sad next season when we’ll have had a year to forget all of that.

    So I don’t blame Kit as much as I blame the approach the writers had this season of taking all the stories slow (except for a number which they decided to take really fast just in the last episode). Anyway, Jon’s season 4 will be awesome- guaranteed.

    Rant over.

    I hear you but I think that ignores that the show really doesn’t have that kind of money. Its like the tournament or even the battle of the fist this year. If you can’t afford to show it you are almost better off leaving it out

  73. Eleanor
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    WompWomp:
    Nezzer,

    The show has worked wonders for his character for me. I think future Stannis material will carry more weight than it did in the books for me thanks to Dillane’s wonderfully unrelenting portrayal and the writing team’s efforts.

    ‘unrelenting’ is an excellent word for anything Stannis-related! And I agree with you.

  74. Richard
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Cogman, Why does Hodor “Hodor”? Thanks.

  75. Josla
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I just want to ask if Conan has a chance to come back as the mountain or if that’s out of the question. Also why didn’t they used the wow factor that LS qould

  76. OhManymous
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Bryan Cogman is a champ for doing this – and a damn good writer at that.

  77. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    I’d also be interested to know what episodes he’s writing next season, if someone wouldn’t mind adding that in with their submission. Don’t want to overload anyone with too many e-mails to read, and I’ve already sent mine in. Thanks!

  78. Fire And Blood
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Grijnwaald,

    Vividly.

    Nick Larter: Utterly OT but can’t resist asking you this FaB – in recent articles about Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim the Kaiju are described as having indigo blood and that there is so much of it around after battles that it is slowly turning the whole world indigo. a) Who did you upset so badly and how? b) where will you go when the Kaiju come?

    I angered del Toro by suggesting the dwarves may still have miraculously survived 1000-foot falls even if he had helmed Hobbit. And clearly I would be on Idris Elba’s side in any confrontation, so I won’t need to hide anywhere. I have Idris Elba, aka my dream Areo Hotah.

  79. Red Hound
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    I asked two questions, one about Stannis and the other was very simple :

    Lady Stoneheart, yay or nay?

    But I’ve got the feeling that such question can’t meet an answer, as it may be one of the shocking moments of S4. But I just can’t wait…

  80. John-Michael
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Sorry Bryan, think I called you Brian lol. my bad!

  81. Jentario
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    House Snow: I hear you but I think that ignores that the show really doesn’t have that kind of money.Its like the tournament or even the battle of the fist this year.If you can’t afford to show it you are almost better off leaving it out

    True

  82. Jentario
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    I just think that that scene is an unseprable moment of Jon’s arc with the wildlings and what should have been Jon’s arc in season 3.

  83. Courtjezter
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Rather than a writer in this feature i think it would be nice to get Nina Gold to answer some questions. She has done some spot on casting for this show, it would be nice to know how she gets it so right.

  84. Tar Kidho
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Courtjezter:
    Rather than a writer in this feature i think it would be nice to get Nina Gold to answer some questions.She has done some spot on casting for this show, it would be nice to know how she gets it so right.

    That’s all very true, but I guess she might be a bit busy at the time being casting the next few hundred of Iron Throne pretendants ;-)

  85. The Dragon Demands
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Crud, I sent a lot of questions the first time, and even got one answered…only one.

    Winter Is Coming: If you got an error, best to try submitting again. It’s no big deal if you end up submitting it twice.

    If you submitted it after Bryan answered the first round of questions, then you are fine. I will be going through those this time when selecting questions to send to Bryan.

    If it was from before Bryan answered the first round, then please resubmit as I don’t have time to re-comb through those 200+ emails.

  86. The Dragon Demands
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    The TV series apparently tried to make Cersei somewhat more sympathetic – a controversial change but I understand the reasoning: Cersei almost sucks you in with her “Pity me!” routine, until you gradually realize just how crazy she actually is, how disproportionate her problems are compared to the suffering she’s caused. I mean, in “A Feast for Crows”, when we get Cersei POV chapters, you realize just how skewed her worldview is: she literally thinks the story of the war is about how the world is ganging up on her poor boy Joffrey, how the world is out to get her and she’s a poor thing for being in a loveless marriage to Robert…..ignoring the fact that her son started a war which killed thousands of innocent people, and this is her fault because she continues to support him.

    At any rate, one of the big changes the TV show made, apparently to make Cersei more sympathetic, was to establish in Season 1 that she *did* have a son with Robert, but that he died in infancy. This was before Joffrey was born. In the books, Cersei outright *had an abortion* when she became pregnant by Robert; though I think the TV series reasonably established that the black-haired son she had with Robert was during the first year or so of her marriage, when she honestly held out hope that it might work out.

    Thus the questions this raises are:
    1 – Why was the decision made to present Cersei as more sympathetic, throughout the TV series? My assumption was not only because the story contains grey characters and even the villains have human moments, but in order to suck viewers into sympathizing with her before realizing how crazy and repugnant she actually is: Joffrey is crazy, she isn’t so she has no excuse; plus how much she’s ignored her other children.

    2 – Given that her “black-haired boy” with Robert apparently survived birth only to succumb to a fever some time later, he must have gone through the nameday ceremony (unless he died a few hours after birth?) — in which case, have Martin or any of the other writers established what his name was? It is difficult to put him in family trees and such as just “unnamed son of Robert and Cersei”.

  87. The Dragon Demands
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Myrcella and even Tommen didn’t appear in Season 3 at all. For that matter, they barely appeared in Seasons 1 and 2; virtually their only back-and-forth dialogue exchange was in “What is Dead May Never Die”, in which it was kind of jarring to see them interacting with anyone.

    I suspect their relative absence was a conscious choice by the TV series, which I think is a great idea: you could have rounded them out more like Margaery Tyrell or Shireen Baratheon but this wouldn’t really capture the point: Cersei hypocritically says she is a great mother, considers it her one redeeming virtue…when she really lavished all of her attention on Joffrey, who turned out to be a psychopath, while all but ignoring her younger children (eventually, reading the books, you just look up and say “what was Cersei DOING for 15 years while ‘trapped in a loveless marriage’ to Robert?” – she wasn’t spending time raising her younger children, it stands to reason Joffrey consumed her entire life….making it all the more shocking that she never realized he was a psychopath. Actually, I think Stannis explains that at the end of book 3 when he relates the “cat incident” to Davos (when Joffrey cut apart a pregnant cat because he wanted to see the babies inside, then showed the dead fetuses to Robert – the horrifying part wasn’t so much what he did, but that Joffrey *had no effing idea* how unusual his own actions were; Stannis basically explains that there were plenty of opportunities for Cersei to realize what Joffrey was, she’s just in denial.

    Anyway, was it weird writing a dialogue scene for Myrcella and Tommen in “What is Dead May Never Die”? These characters who are technically “around in the background” and seemingly major characters (they’re Cersei’s children as much as Arya is Ned’s) yet only had a line or two of dialogue in the rest of seasons 1 and 2. So their characterization hasn’t really solidified yet. Was their debate on what their personality and mentalities are like? This sounds a bit silly to think of now, but as book fans will know, as the books progress and they get older Myrcella and Tommen become bigger characters.

    Myrcella is in Dorne, but why didn’t Tommen appear in Season 3? To reinforce the implication that Cersei has no relationship with her younger children, to the point that they don’t factor into her mental framework at all?

    In case you can’t tell, I’m a big Myrcella fan :) – owing to the fact that she is Cersei’s own daughter but living proof that Cersei was an awful parent, ignoring Myrcella and Tomment – Myrcella in particular because she looks like mini-Cersei but is nothing like her mother’ spersonality, plus while Tommen is trapped in King’s Landing, Myrcella spending time *away* from her mother’s crazy-house by staying in Dorne makes her more independent.

    Well the “question” I’m building up to is, will the TV show round out Myrcella and Tommen as is did Margaery Tyrell and Shireen Baratheon? Myrcella and Tommen are very interesting in terms of dramatic potential but weren’t POV characters in the books.

  88. The Dragon Demands
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    How difficult is it to write for characters who are insane, or not mentally stable? Even “evil” characters like Tywin Lannister actually have complex motivations for why they’re obsessed with power or revenge – these are still “rational objectives” even if Machiavellian.

    But then you have other characters who, as the saying goes, “just want to watch the world burn” – characters whose mental framework is so warped and insane that their actions are truly incomprehensible to “normal” human beings.

    Particularly, how the heck do you write for Joffrey, Cersei, and Petyr Baelish? Joffrey is a sadistic psychopath, he doesn’t exactly have the standard set of motivations and predictable emotional responses. The same goes for Cersei – in some ways Joffrey is easier in that he’s always aggressive, but as we seen in Cersei’s POV chapters in later books…she has a VERY warped view of the world (she actually thinks she’s being KIND to Sansa, and blames Sansa for not trusting her?!)

    Petyr Baelish does have plans and a warped drive for revenge against the Starks and Tullys because Catelyn spurned him, but even so…some of his decisions with Sansa (as we see in Season 3) are based on warped obsession.

    Season 3 of course introduced Ramsay Snow, and we see Roose Bolton’s true colors. Was that the writers or the actor who, in “Mhysa”, have Roose give this really stilted and warped attempt to make a smile at Walder Frey? Real “Uncanny Valley” effect: the books state that Roose is a cold, calculating psychopath, to the point that he doesn’t even have real “human emotions” and even major setbacks only produce a reaction of mild disappointment in him. He doesn’t know what “smiling” is he’s just imitating one. So how the heck do you write for an emotionless robot like Roose, or a completely insane half-feral sadist like Ramsay?

  89. The Dragon Demands
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Will Rickon and Osha appear next season? Without giving too much away, we don’t seem them for quite some time in the books after they leave Bran’s group.

  90. WildSeed
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Jentario:
    Darquemode,

    I just think that that scene is an unseprable moment of Jon’s arc with the wildlings and what should have been Jon’s arc in season 3.

    You 2 have me mourning the exclusion of Donal Noye , at Castle Black.

  91. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands,

    you have other characters who, as the saying goes, “just want to watch the world burn” – characters whose mental framework is so warped and insane that their actions are truly incomprehensible to “normal” human beings

    Well, if you mean truly insane, none of the characters are insane, not even Joffrey. He’s certainly a sadist and a sociopath but that does not mean insane. A lot of people think it means the same thing, but it doesn’t.

  92. Nezzer
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I already submitted my questions, but I remembered Shireen. Can someone please submit a question about her hair? Why is she blonde in the show if “the seed is strong”?

  93. sherry
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I asked an “unanswerable” question about Dany’s baby, one which I have been pondering since I read the books. And a related one about Talisa, and her baby. Think for a minute and I think you’ll figure it out. ;) Potential bittersweet stuff.

  94. purplejilly
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Midori:
    I wish Bryan Cogman wrote all the episodes! He never fails to deliver, and it always feels like he really has a deep understanding of characters’motivations and personalities. Now that season 3 is over, I realize thatlooking back, GRRM’s episode (The Bear and the maiden fair) was the worst one. Actually, that was the worst episode of all 3 seasons, imo. Sadly. :-(

    I agree with this 100%. I have been an advocate of Bryan being the writer for ALL episodes since Season 1. I always find his episodes to be my favorite, even if they aren’t the ‘showstopper’ action episodes. I think he does the best job with the difficult task of keeping things as book-loyal as possible, while still adjusting to the demands of the TV show. With as little amount of actual time that they get to show this enormous story, I think it would benefit the flow tremendously if they had one head writer, with veto power and final say, and make that writer Bryan Cogman!

  95. purplejilly
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Fire And Blood:
    Hoping for a fair and just answer to the vital indigo question.

    Are you STILL anti-Indigo? FaB, your aura will be ours sooner or later. Come to the Indigo side! Think of all the beautiful women you have interviewed who have said “Yes” to Indigo. Say yes with us!

  96. Darquemode
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Jentario,

    I really was not against the idea of Jon killing Ygritte at the Queenscrown during the escape and like you said it would have strengthened Jon’s arc. I honestly was intrigued to see how the show would handle Ygritte at the end of last season and not sure what they would do. However, I am happy the first battle was pushed back.

    My main concern was that they kept the Wildlings attack on the Wall for Season 4.

    As I see the future arcs playing out, Jon and Dany have to begin ruling and dealing with the issues of being in charge at the same time Cersei becomes Queen Regent and tries ruling Kings Landing without her father. I think all three of those arcs should happen at about the same time so the stories can run in parallel thematically.

  97. Darquemode
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed,

    Me too!
    I have strong doubts that hey will introduce him at this point just to be killed during the battle. I’m really intrigued to see how they handle the battle, and the election process – which characters make the cut etc. I would love to see Satin and Donal Noye, but….

  98. kalacakra
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to ask Bryan if he knows where they keep the dragons in the off-season when they’re not filming? Are they kept in a zoo somewhere we can visit them?

    Does anyone know?…anyone?

  99. Josla
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    What the heck happened to Ed and Grenn? Will we ever find out? Why the wights and even the white walker didn’t kill Sam? How did he escape if that’s what happenned? Why did only one WW went after Gilly’s baby and why didn’t he killed Sam instead of breaking his sword and slap him away as he would have done with any other character not named Sam?

    Will they bring back Conan as the Mountain or at least another formidable actor like him next season? Will they flesh him out a bit showing the horrible person he really is, unlike season 2 where he appeared to be very calm and meek in the only scene he had dialogue with Tywin?

    Why is Tommen so underused? Cersei already showed she loves her kid and even has dinner with him in season two. She even looked after him and being with him when she thought their end was coming, so why not show at least that he was in the room when, let’s say, Tyrion went to talk to her si sister? Why didn’t Tyrion hinself was shown talking to the boy at least once, playing with him or showing in any way that he cares about him? Wouldn’t this make him look more human and even give little TOMMEN something to do for the audience to relate with later on when he becomes more prominent?

    So many other questions that I’ll leave for another time..
    So many other ques

  100. HighGarden
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    For Season 4, I wonder if they’ll be using scenes/lines from the book that greatly matter to book!fans (i.e. the conversation between Tyrion and Loras re Renly). Also really hoping Tommen has a more critical role instead of just being shown as a minor character.

    I also really hope that they put in more character depth to the story instead of those “sex-filler” scenes (ugh..really can’t forgive that they deleted that Loras-Margaery scene in Season 2. Normal viewers then wouldn’t have known how much Loras loved Renly and would’ve only thought of him as using him for political reasons. Unless of course that’s how the writers wanted his character to be in the TV version?)

  101. HighGarden
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    Turncloak:
    I also think Stannis has been too vilinized on the show. What happened to “I tried to save the kingdom by winning the throne, when I should have tried to win the throne by saving the kingdoms”

    Totally agree on this. The question I sent in was more on what went on behind developing the characters of non-POV characters in the books. Curious to know how they crafted their personality and motivations for the tv series, since we don’t get to hear their thoughts in the books.

  102. Sarah
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I pretty much know this one won’t be answered but I asked about Bran and maybe showing a bit of back story regarding the Starks and using that to help explain his powers and show a bit more depth. Unlikely to be answered but worth a shot.

  103. The Dragon Demands
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Ms. D. Ranged in AZ: u could have rounded them out more like Margaery Tyrell or Shireen Baratheon but this wouldn’t really capture the point: Cersei hypocritically says she is a great mother, considers it her one redeeming virtue…when she really lavished all of her attention on Joffrey, who tu

    I know I was just using the vernacular; “psychopathy” and “extreme personality disorders” are still not technically “insane”, i.e. hallucinations the way the Mad King did.

  104. WildSeed
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode:
    WildSeed,

    Me too!
    I have strong doubts that hey will introduce him at this point just to be killed during the battle. I’m really intrigued to see how they handle the battle, and the election process – which characters make the cut etc.I would love to see Satin and Donal Noye, but….

    The battle scene at Castle Black, then later events with Stannis’s arrival ,
    really magnifies any direction taken for several story arcs there. It’s easy
    to get narrowly focused on any ASOIAF story or locale, but events in the North
    seem to impact all concerned. Never before have worlds collide as depicted from
    the books. When I consider Tyrion’s awareness, Jon, Stannis, the god Rh’llor,
    Wargs/Greenseers, even the Rat King (LMAO ), anticipation of pivotal scenes
    really challenge my emotional equilibrium ( much like where GRRM ended ADWD
    for Dorne ). I realize I’m grasping somewhat, but Jon and Stannis’s stories were
    propelled a bit, largely by preceding events such as this battle. While
    it may be true that the Frey-Tully wedding massacre and Ned’s murder factored
    greatly in the revenge from the North, very existence of any empire
    was called into question ( largely due to forces of mysticism and the Children
    of the Forest as greenseers whom interpret the outcome). Here is where the
    author finally resurrect Stannis and Jon’s journey, give us something to later
    to appreciate from Bran AND Melisandre. With such broad strokes , the plots
    thicken again but with better congruity.

    I’ll miss Donal Noye, as much as I’ve missed the full effects of Delorous Edd’s
    one liners. Both contributed much to the intelligence of the men at the Wall,
    in a way that any distraction by Thorne or Bear Pit drama could never deliver
    Even the Wall and /Nightfort Door itself, delivered a treasure trove of insights
    with respect to ancient facts hidden there. I wonder if Samwell gets to explore
    the depths of the library there, in any capacity
    , since lord Mormont did
    not implore him to . I cannot remember if there was any mention at S1′s end, and
    before their trek into Wildling country. Old Bear recognized that such insights
    from the historical scrolls served well to educate and preserve life.

    Anyway, many a word later (: Jon’s return there precipitates new dramas and
    interesting outcomes. I’m a big fan of any epic battle scene, and I’m
    sure the show won’t disappoint , much. Most of all, I hope Melisandre shuts
    up some.

    Has the Magnar of Thenn been added to the cast, Val ? No doubt Mance makes a
    auspicious reappearance.

  105. WildSeed
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Josla,

    Grenn and Pyp await Jon , at Castle Black. Tommen has had little screen time,
    as Rickon or Myrcella, presumably, due to much later events that
    precipitate their re-emergence in the certain story elements.
    Hopefully,
    we have a sufficient amount of onscreen details to unfold , before that comes
    to be.

  106. Josla
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed:
    Josla,

    Grenn and Pyp await Jon , at Castle Black. Tommen has had little screen time,
    as Rickon or Myrcella, presumably, due to much later events that
    precipitate their re-emergence in the certain story elements.
    Hopefully,
    we have a sufficient amount of onscreen details to unfold , before that comes
    to be.

    What?! Really?! Grenn was at castle black as well? Didn’t catch that at all. Was Ed there as well? Only remember Sam and Pyp from that scene to be honest

  107. WildSeed
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    Josla,

    Previously on GoT, Grenn and others hauled ass from Craster’s Keep after the melee
    there. Pyp never went into the Frostfangs , he stayed on at Castle Black with
    maester Aemon and others. Not sure if all the Brothers made it on to the Wall,
    but Ed, Grenn, and a several others with screen time will return . Those last scenes,
    when lord Mormont’s murder took place, were mostly closeups of a few guys then
    Sam & Gilly in another hut. I’m uncertain whom actor Burn Gorman portrays, but
    he’d likely return to the Fort as well, presumably in an highlighted role. The
    uncertainty of events was likely intentional, saving the full impacts until S4.

  108. WildSeed
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Fire And Blood: Idris Elba, aka my dream Areo Hotah.

    Aaahhh……… we may ponder that dream for a while, even if he is a fan of ASOIAF,
    his career is white hot ! The dynamic between Doran, Hotah and Arianne really
    have me craving those passages onscreen ( or a likeness of it ).

  109. kalacakra
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Nymeria, Benjen, Ilyn Payne, and the Mountain…i’ve missed you so much., please come back to me.

  110. Chickenduck
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    kalacakra:
    Nymeria, Benjen, Ilyn Payne, and the Mountain…i’ve missed you so much., please come back to me.

    Ilyn Payne won’t be back – Wilko Johnson is terminally ill and I believe has had to leave the show entirely.


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