Submit your questions for Game of Thrones co-producer and writer Bryan Cogman
By Zack Luye on in Interview, Podcast.

Following the resounding premiere of “The Laws of Gods and Men” this week, we are happy to welcome Game of Thrones co-producer and writer Bryan Cogman tonight on the site’s podcast, Game of Owns. 

Let’s make this a great one. Following the two Cogman-penned episodes this season, there will be so much to talk about. Submit your questions/batches of hellos for Bryan in the comment section below, and we will see you tomorrow.

 

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230 Comments

  1. Hodor Targaryen
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Hodor…..? This has never happened to me before…

  2. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Stannis

  3. Mario Mjoed
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    what do you, personally, think of the changes north of the wall? was it really necessary, did you like it? was there a discussion of some sort, or were there any alternatives you were thinking of?

    //edit: oh, and, of course – i love your stuff (as i love nearly everything about this show). thank you for being awesome.

  4. Kyle
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    How much cutting is going into writing season five? Are any major characters or settings on the chopping block?

  5. LadyEllis
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Greetings! What scene was the most difficult for you to write?

  6. Einar Schloch
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Will the show-viewers ever learn the names of the dragons?

  7. Brad Villane
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    What’s been the toughest scene/character to cut from the books?

  8. Premislaus
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Are you satisfied with the Yara scenes in the last episode?

  9. GeekFurious
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Cogster, the show keeps delivering on epic book moments in ways that are often even better than many of us imagined, arguably made “easier” due to rich book material. So how exciting/daunting is it to tackle the next season of material that may not have as much “action” from the books as the past two seasons?

    Anyway, congratulations on your best episode to-date (4.06). May the Emmy voters Force be with you.

  10. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    My question:

    Now that you’re a producer, what are some of your new responsibilities and how do you balance those things with writing? Do they get in the way of one another or do they compliment each other?

  11. Long Jon Snow
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Do you try hard to make the pivotal moments, such as the trial, as true to the books as possible? It seems those scenes usually translate very well on screen considering you use the dialogue as written in the book almost verbatim. Another example is the bath scene you wrote last season.

  12. Tryrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Out of all the characters you write for, which character’s voice lingers with you the longest?

    Do you write an episode scene by scene as we view them or for specific characters that you organize after? How do you incorporate thematic elements such as the notion of justice from The Law of Gods and Men?

  13. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Question for Brian Cogman: ‘When translating from book to screen many changes are necessary, and some are taken better than others by fans. When watching episodes you’ve written do you feel anxiety waiting to see the fans reaction to the changes you have made?’

  14. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Where any of the dogs real or CGI hacked to pieces when filming and if not how come?

    Not that we condone animal cruelty mind you. We are all just curious why we didnt get that fight scene.

  15. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Oh and I love you

  16. Lex
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    My burning question: When will you cast Yellow Dick and Damon Dance-For-Me?

    On a more serious note: It seems like this year you guys are leaving certain characters out more often (e.g. Theon) and lingering in certain settings for a much bigger portion of the episode (e.g. King’s Landing for the Purple Wedding and Tyrion’s trial). Personally, I much prefer when you leave some storylines out rather than trying to touch base with all of them in one episode. How do you make those decisions, and are you guys becoming more comfortable with leaving certain characters out for a while?

  17. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    which scene?

  18. LordSnow
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Will you guys touch more on the relationship between the other Starks and their wolfs. For instance Jon and Arya have a lot of wolf dreams in the books.

  19. OtherAndrew
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Hey Bryan. Can you discuss the process of adapting your Dany scenes? In the book, the crucifixion of the masters is something merely mentioned in flashback, not shown onscreen. Also, the follow-up with Hizdahr asking to bury his father is entirely new. How did you decide to adapt it in this way, and why?

  20. David
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    How do you feel about the book readers’ disproval of how Stannis has been portrayed thus far in the show? Was it a conscious decision, to your knowledge, to stray farther from the source material with Stannis than almost any other major character? Why is this the case with Stannis, and what repercussions do you think it has on his arc (because fans of the novel would argue it has a great affect)?

  21. Boojam
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Will any of the DVD sets ever come with a blooper ‘reel’?
    (Do such already exist?)
    Yes , I know HBO has shown a tiny few, but I mean a full blown one.

  22. Heather
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Hopeful suggestion to WiC.net folks. Please, not too many “in the books” questions. Understand the books are major part of the fandom, but it’s often forgotten that overwhelming majority of GoT viewers haven’t read them and therefore adaptation questions aren’t really that interesting as a lot folks in the fandom think they are.

  23. The Night's King
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan. George wrote on his site that he sent you all the “Mercy” chapter from the Winds of Winter some time ago. I was wondering — how much of The Winds of Winter have you read? You can be vague…

  24. Lex
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    David:
    How do you feel about the book readers’ disproval of how Stannis has been portrayed thus far in the show? Was it a conscious decision, to your knowledge, to stray farther from the source material with Stannis than almost any other major character? Why is this the case with Stannis, and what repercussions do you think it has on his arc (because fans of the novel would argue it has a great affect)?

    Speak for yourself, I’m a book reader and I love show-Stannis. I think the Stannis complaints are hugely exaggerated. I also know many other book readers who agree with me.

  25. Arthur
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Greetings Lord Cogman,

    When the last 2 books come out, if they have as many events as lets say book 3, (Storm of Swords), that just scream the demand to be put on screen, is there a possibility of the show running 8 seasons or more?

    I have faith that D&D and yourself will not rush this epic story of a tale of ice and fire but I do not understand how or why you would put a number on the amount of seasons this series will be when 2/7ths of the material isn’t even released yet.

    I know D&D spent time with GRRM and were giving a broad view of how each characters arc ends but still…

    If the last 2 books are truly marvelous and have so many epic events unfold when the major PoV characters start crossing paths and killing each other I just hope you guys take the time and don’t rush it.

    Also, look at the numbers GoT is racking in… I doubt any of you thought it would have this kind of a Leviathan success.

    If the demand stays high and for whatever reason doesn’t tailspin downwards, why wouldn’t you give the people what they want and finish up the story in a pace that would allow much more satisfaction because you’d be able to cover everything more thoroughly.

    At this point, my only concern for the show would be you guys rushing through the final stages of these awesome character’s storylines.

    We spent years watching these characters grow and when they meet their demise (at each other’s own hands) I hope it doesn’t feel rushed and squeezed into 7 seasons when it should have been 8 or more.

    Please put us at ease and let us know this wont happen.

    Thanks!

  26. Aldi_A
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Ask about the greyjoy uncles he doesn’t have to answer if any are gonna be cast I just want to here his initial reaction and I’ll judge for myself.

  27. LymD
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    For Bryan:

    There were a few notable recastings this season (Daario, Tommen, Mountain). Since making the world of show as real possible is so important, how do handle bringing in new faces in old roles?

    Bonus question: Who was sitting next to Loras at the trial?

  28. Howland Reed
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Do you know how things ultimately end?

    You said in another interview this week at the start of the season you discuss where you want characters to be in terms of plot, emotionally, etc. Then you take the parts from the books that help that progression, couple it with show canon (call backs like the 2 character scenes). How do you determine where you want the characters to be? If you don’t know how things ultimately end do D&D sketch out a season in terms of the high plot points and you go from there? I’m guessing they’d have to in order to have some continuity from season to season working towards the ultimate end.

  29. Strider
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    YES! What Ry said below! Sort of. He types from his cell. Sometimes he’s hard to understand because of it. Sometimes, he’s hard to understand anyway LOL

    Rygar:
    Where any of the dogs real or CGI hacked to pieces when filming and if not how come?
    Not that we condone animal cruelty mind you. We are all just curious why we didnt get that fight scene.

    Also, why did Yara ask for her brother and then run once Ramsey lets loose his dogs? Did you want the people to get the sense she’s given up on her brother only AFTER being threatened with dogs? Wouldn’t it have made more sense for her to retreat fighting? or if the point was for her to be convinced Theon is no longer Theon but Reek, why even try asking for her brother? she could have just left the Dreadford once she saw the transformation.

    Whoah, that’s a lot of words… On second thought maybe just skip me.

    EDIT: great ep by the way. Well done to all the GoT crew!

  30. Tryrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Seems like a hard question to answer, let alone ask

  31. aoo
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    was there any reason to make Ramsay fight shirtless?

  32. Ana
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    There are probably many of those moments, but was there a moment of the show in particular where You thought ‘Job well done’ and felt most proud of the work done?

  33. Javi Marcos
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    What was your favourite character from past seasons that was cut in the TV series?

    And thanks a lot!

  34. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth:
    Rygar,

    which scene?

    Exactly.

  35. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Strider:
    YES! What Ry said below! Sort of. He types from his cell. Sometimes he’s hard to understand. Sometimes, he’s hard to understand anyway LOL

    Also, why did Yara ask for her brother and then run once Ramsey lets loose his dogs? Did you want the people to get the sense she’s given up on her brother only AFTER being threatened with dogs? Wouldn’t it have made more sense for her to retreat fighting? or if the point was for her to be convinced Theon is no longer Theon but Reek, why even try asking for her brother? she could have just left the Dreadford once she saw the transformation.

    Whoah, that’s a lot of words… On second thought maybe just skip me.

    I make perfect sense in my mind.

  36. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    On the controversial move to reveal more about the Others, do you feel that the Show’s inclusion of magical viewpoints – I believe George has stated a few times that he will never add CoTF or Other chapters in the books – will add more shades of grey to these mysterious entities?

  37. jentario
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan! Well done on two great episodes.
    My question: Will we see more of Yara?

  38. Silver of Wyman
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    For Bryan.

    Is Salladhor Saan going to appear in one episode each season until the end of the show?

  39. Virtus
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Why hasn’t Stannis’s sword, Lightbringer, made an appearance since ep 201? It’s pretty important in the books, afterall.

  40. Greenjones
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Bryan! Were there any scenes in “Oathkeeper” and “the Laws of Gods and Men” that were switched in from other episodes written by D and D? In the same vein, were any scenes that you wrote switched into other episodes?

  41. Ann Fowler
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Will we see more of Bronn?

  42. Greenjones
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Silver of Wyman,

    One would hope we see him at least briefly in 409.

  43. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Is there any improvisation from the actors interpreting your scripts and,if so, who or what scenes?

  44. jentario
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Virtus,

    I think it’s possible that we’ll see it again after/during Mance’s burning in season 5. In the book it gets all lit up- kind of like a magic sword boner. Lightbringer becomes imnportant in Ramsay’s letter to Jon, too. It’s likely the only proof the Boltons have of Stannis’s “death”.

  45. Almost A Knight
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    If I remember correctly, your first season episode involved bathtub scene with Viserys and let’s not forget about the memorable hot spring scene with Jon and Ygritte + Jaime and Brienne. And in your newest episode, you also have two bath scenes. Is it all coincidence or a clause in your writing :) ?

  46. Interior Bannisters
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Bryan,
    I always love your scripts. Can you please provide more insight into Shae’s betrayal of Tyrion on the show. In the books, Shae betrays Tyrion for gold leading us to believe she never really cared for him. However, show Shae seems to love him and actually turned down money from Varys. What made her turn against Tyrion so badly?

    Thanks.

  47. Macejko
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Can we expect some great climactic musical moments from Ramin Djawadi this season (similar to his “Finale” or “Mhysa” cues from season 1 and 3, respectively)?

  48. Strider
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Rygar: I make perfect sense in my mind.

    I know. But this time even I understood what you wanted to ask, no explanation needed! YAY ME!!! I think I deserve a cookie.

  49. Jeff Thompson
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    1) will Dorn be a location next year?

    2) Will future book material need to be introduced in some storylines next year?

  50. Silver of Wyman
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    I dunno. Seeing Salla riding on a horse and cutting down Wildlings with his saber would be quite hilarious though.

  51. Falcon
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    First I just wanted to say I just listened to you on Cast of Kings and you were great, so really looking forward to this one!

    2 questions:

    1. How far are you guys with season 5′s writing and casting? Have you even started yet? Can you even talk about that?

    And 2. How involved are you with casting? Do you have any input there or do you stick to the writing side of things? The casting on this show is stupid good!

  52. jentario
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Do you get splinters?

  53. kmq
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Question for Bryan: In Oathkeeper, what made you decide on Jaime asking Brienne to name the sword instead of Jaime naming it himself like he did in the books?

  54. Interior Bannisters
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    The biggest question I want to ask, but won’t be, lol:

    We see that Oberyn Martell is a man out for revenge for the death of his sister. Will we see another character at the end of this season who is also seeking out revenge.

  55. Mescalinic
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    1) If you could write an ‘impossible’ scene between two or more characters who does not interact in the books (and cannot interact in the show for geographical distance or supervened death) who would you choose?

    2) Between you, Weiss and Benioff who do you think is the best at writing boobs-related scene? Is it difficult to find new/original/funny way to show boobs? Do you have any particular ispiration?

    (//in my mind, Weiss and Cogman write the script, and then Benioff add the sexpositions and boobies like a pro, but that’s just the way i like to imagine them working)

    3) Is Nathalie Emmanuel seeing anybody? …asking for a friend…

  56. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Strider: I know. But this time even I understood what you wanted to ask, no explanation needed! YAY ME!!! I think I deserve a cookie.

    I still think the scene was awesome and Alfie is God.

  57. Sunfyre
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    How deep are you into work on Season Five? Do you reread the specific novels you’re adapting just before writing? For example did you reread AFFC and ADWD before starting work on Season Five?

    And BCogs I know you already know this and the choices have already been made but just in case you actually read this: PLEASE underline the direct parallels between Cersei, Jon, and Dany’s leadership struggles in season five — seems like the perfect structural framework to adapt AFFC and ADWD.

    Thanks.

  58. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Why so sad in that picture? You pen some of the best episodes. Turn that frown upside down! Its a jolly holiday with Mary.

  59. Jonathon Asuna Leafa Richards
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    what was it like writing the trial scene and getting all those characters to testify against tyrion

  60. Arthur
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Tryrion Pimpslap,

    Yeah I know…

    But that’s honestly my burning question.

    Unfortunately it’s not an easy one to ask because I understand what D&D are saying but at the sametime I don’t think even they could possibly know before they read the last two books to see how many scenes from those books would make for some great TV.

    I just hope to hear the number of seasons isn’t going to be 7 no matter what.

    It wouldn’t be smart of them to box themselves in like that and then have to cut corners and rush things.

    That’s all I’m saying.

  61. sati
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Interior Bannisters,

    Yes, yes, yes! Please answer that one Bryan!

  62. Carne
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Cinematographer Robert McLachlan talked about a scene shot for (presumably) episode 5 which they had to really tone down as it was too brutal. Do you happen to know which scene this was and how it was originally done?

    Also, as someone else mentioned, a blooper reel for the season 4 DVD/Blu-ray would be swell!

  63. Falcon
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Feel free to ignore this question:

    Does it bother you when book readers complain about the shows apparent lack of subtlety, and then when you do write something subtle, like Yara processing and accepting the fact that Theon is gone and her decision to retreat is because of that and not the dogs, all they can do is whine about how she ran away from dogs?

    Because it bothers me.

  64. RadoLukacs
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Hello, Bryan!

    Thanks for your work on the show, it was great and many fans appreciate the way you handle things.

    My question is about Season 5 – please, tell us about the creative team working on Season 5. Will there be any substantial adaptational changes and differences from the books? Could you give us a tease on any new characters or locations?

    Best regards, keep up the good work!

  65. Jasmine Rider
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan, your writing is brilliant and thank you for writing a trial scene that brought my favourite actor, Peter Dinklage’s amazing performance. I also thank you for writing other scenes featuring Tyrion. I love the cover of the book you wrote ‘Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones’.
    My question: What is your favourite scene you wrote in Game of Thrones and why?

  66. Hogwarts > Kingslanding
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Given the success of this season thus far, and the introduction of future book material, how do you feel about the challenges of adapting the next season?

  67. SerRed88
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    What was the reasoning for Coldhands being cut from Brans storyline.

    Have you guys looked into casting for Jon Connington yet? (Obviously you can’t tell us who it’s going to be yet which I understand)

    Any chance Daario might get to dye his hair blue?

  68. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    A few questions:
    1) Which characters would you like to see in a scene together (that haven’t been together yet)?

    2) Is there a specific AFfC/ADwD/TWoW scene that you would like to write? [Your response could be spoilery]

    3) Have any of your scripted scenes appeared in episodes that you didn’t primarily write?

    Thanks for your contributions! Carry on the good work!

  69. House Ray
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    How does the writing team work through the butterfly effect of adaptation? Is the primary concern the themes of the books or is it character motivations and traits?

  70. Johanna
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    First of all let me start with the warmest greetings from Romania.
    I am quite new in this big family and i didn’t have the time to read any of the books. Though, i’m planning to. I love the show and i can only congrats you all for that.
    One of my friends, who already read the books, mentioned that The Hound dies/is killed and that, at the point the show is now, he should have been long dead. However, you decided to keep him in the story (which actually glads me). Are you planning something with him? I suppose there is a reason.
    Also, are we going to see more of Osha and Rickon this season? I know that they are minor characters, but i am quite curious. And i think the others are curious aswell.
    Thank you very much.

  71. Brendan
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Bryan,
    It seems that when the writers of the show take liberties with the source material it often results in characters behaving in uncharacteristic and foolish ways. In season 2, Daenerys loses her dragons (very uncharacteristic of her) and looks like a foolish and naive child. In season 4, Bran and the Reeds do something which would never happen if the writing was consistent with their characters. They are captured by a bunch of drunk mutineers at Craster’s Keep. Bran looks like a clueless little kid and the Reeds look just as foolish as his guides. Also in season 4 we have Jaime raping Cersie (maybe the show’s wort decision to date) and Yara attempting to free Theon. Yara seemed prepared to die for her brother if that’s what it took to free him yet she sails away and disowns him because he bit her and Ramsay loosed a few hounds on her. Also in that scene, the heir to House Bolton rushes into battle without armor against Ironborn warriors.
    It seems that the writers of the show have lapses in judgement or do not think their scenes through. I don’t enjoy watching otherwise brilliant characters looking completely foolish.
    I guess my question is, do the writers think back on mistakes like the ones I have mentioned and wish they could go back and write scenes that wouldn’t diminish the characters and future plot lines?

  72. Atomix
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Are there any characters you wish you cast/introduced earlier and established better for future use?

    also
    How do you feel about casting/writting for some new/more Dothraki in Meereen to call Dany Khaleesi? and say things like “It is Known” to her? – maybe even cast somebody to play Rommo?

  73. Azor Ahai
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Tyrell Siblings?

    Can confirm this please?! Was the guy sitting next to Margaery and Loras supposed to be Willas or Garlan Tyrell? Are they for sure being cut from the show? Thanks!

  74. Mads Mikkelsen
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Do NOT cast me as Euron. kthxbai

  75. Ser Lyons
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan. Your work each season continues to grow & develop with the show, this season your episodes have stood out significantly. What advice would you give a practicing screenwriter or someone aspiring to go into the profession of writing itself?

  76. Maelina
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan! I love your episodes! :) Especially loved seeing Braavos!

    Ramin Djawadi has composed amazing music for the show, do you have any favourite themes?

    Not sure you can answer this, but I’ll ask anyway: Which character’s storyline are you personally most excited to adapt for season 5?

  77. dragonreborn
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Episodes of game of thrones are like movies with their own theme, repeating and reflecting through various characters. Besides obvious references to the titles there are crazy details, most of which we fail to notice. How can they achieve this with so many characters and storylines?

  78. direpenguins
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Is there any system in place for maintaining consistency in the way names are pronounced in the show? Like I notice the pronunciation of “Tyrell” seems to keep changing, or varies from character to character.

    How often does it happen that a scene scripted for one episode is moved to a different episode?

  79. jentario
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    How many episodes are you writing in season 5?

  80. dragonreborn
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    and a question for wic editors: why do you keep using this picture of him? I want to kiss him everytime I see this one!

  81. The Summer Ghost of Nymeria, of House Shaggydog, Lady of the Grey Wind
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    All HAIL THE MAESTER OF COGS!!!! :D Love your work

    There are so many moving narratives in books 4 & 5. While we may lose some of the POV characters to the cutting room floor( I’d be shocked if Aeron makes it in ), are there any narratives that are being cut entirely( e.g. the Greyjoy Storyline or Jaime’s trip through the Riverlands )?

    Also, how many, if any, of next season’s major characters have been cast as of this moment?

    Finally, do D&D assign you an episode to write or do they offer you some say in which one you get?

  82. The Summer Ghost of Nymeria, of House Shaggydog, Lady of the Grey Wind
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Oh and also, if there any character you really wanted to write for but they got offed before you could get your hands on them? And you can’t say Drogo.

  83. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    How many licks DOES it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?

  84. chamush
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan,

    First, thanks for great job and entertaining millions of us.

    My question is, how much effort and attention do the writing team dedicate to keeping the show/story consistent for the above average viewer vs. appealing only to average viewer?

    As an example, I always wondered what happened to lord Umber after season 1 ? especially without any mentioning of him and his fate in the show ever since. An average viewer probably does not even remember him though! So is that why the writers drop the character altogether?

    How does the writing team tackle the balance for the different viewers?

  85. Sunfyre
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Brendan,

    The butthurt is strong with this one.

  86. Leo
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Brendan,

    I like how you only listed all the questionable filler. For every questionable filler, there has been at least one amazing nonbook scene.

  87. Chaser
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    How many times do you have to use Rains of Castamere to fill your season quota? 10? 100?

  88. Veltigar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    When will the show announce that Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as Euron?

    Why did Dany not call Hizdahr out on his bullshit? His father was such a great humanitarian, but he was still a filthy slaveowner. Why didn’t she respond with the fact that thousands of slaves had died to built the pyramid Hizzie’s daddy was so proud off?

    The show has had some rather illogical developments in the last few episodes. What was Locke thinking letting Hodor and Co live? Why did no one tell Jon that there were other prisoners? How did a puny wooden cage keep Ghost contained? Why didn’t Asha throw an axe at Ramsay? How did Ramsay’s skin become almost impregnable for swords (how else would he survive a fight with fully armed Ironborn killers)? Why where the bankers so easily swayed by Davos arguments (which they already knew)? How on earth is it conceivable that the Lannisters managed to keep the fact that their mines ran dry hidden?

    Are we going to see Gendry again?

    Charlie Allnut: A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.
    Rose Sayer: Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above. And we do that by casting Mads Mikkelsen as Euron

  89. Veltigar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Mads Mikkelsen:
    Do NOT cast me as Euron. kthxbai

    Oh, my God this is so hilarious! Got me rolling on the floor :D

    Charlie Allnut: Well I ain’t sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid! I’ll cast Mads as Euron anyway!

  90. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Veltigar:
    When will the show announce that Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as Euron?

    I knew that question was coming! :)

    Mads Mikkelsen:
    Do NOT cast me as Euron. kthxbai

    Too funny!

  91. Lady Wolfsbane
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Dear Bryan,

    When/how did the decision to make a “Starkless” episode come about? Are there any scenes that, due to budgetary constrictions, ended being changed in the past couple of episodes? Any re-arranged scenes from different episodes?

    Oh, and a side note – my unsullied, non-fantasy reading husband still does not understand how his newest favorite episode of television consisted mostly of costumed people sitting, and talking in oversized chairs. Thank you greatly for warping his mind on that one.

  92. Cheese Souffle
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Hey Bryan,

    Thanks for delivering a great episode. I always enjoy it when you guys invest in extended set pieces that just have so much room to breathe.

    I was wondering about the decision to have Tyrion demand a trial by combat without first receiving Oberyn’s offer to stand for him. On the face of it, Tyrion comes off as rather reckless. Was the change made in order to make Shae’s betrayal all the more poignant? Are we to assume that Tyrion knows people well enough that he can anticipate Cersei’s (naming the Mountain) and Oberyn’s (standing for Tyrion) desire for revenge?

    Curious to know if there were any writers’ room discussions over that particular aspect.

  93. Brendan
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Leo,

    I listed scenes that reveal a lot about characters based on the scenes’ circumstances and the characters’ reactions. Those would all be big moments for each character but in one way or another Jaime, Bran, the Reeds, Yara/Asha, Ramsay and Daenerys, who are all brilliant characters, looked a little foolish. I can remove my book purist bias when the scenes make sense.

  94. Skipjack
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan, great work and I really enjoyed the last episode, my favorite of the season so far.

    My question is: how consciously do you try to make the characters arcs relate to and reflect each other (for instance Jaime and Tyrion) or is it every character for themselves? Put another way, Jaime and Tyrion seem to be doing Face and Heel turns and passing each other on the way, is that relevant when you are writing them or do you have each proceed as if the other is just doing their own thing? I’m trying to get an idea of how exhaustive the process of calibrating the action and response to one another (and others in the show) is.

  95. Ragman's Harbor
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    The Night’s King:
    Hi Bryan. George wrote on his site that he sent you all the “Mercy” chapter from the Winds of Winter some time ago. I was wondering — how much of The Winds of Winter have you read? You can be vague…

    This

    My question for you. Have you ever thought about writing an episode 9 or even a finale in the not so distant future let’s say season 5 or 6? I know I’m not the only one would like that.

    Okay just a last one: Are you David and Dan thinking ahead as to how you will film winter in Westeros? Maybe put a lot of storylines in Iceland or Belfast or even use CGI? Though King’s Landing could be a tough one.

  96. Nathaniel
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Why aren’t you writing more episodes each season?????

  97. Sunfyre
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Can you give us a more detailed window into the writers room? How long does it take you guys to plot out the season arcs for each character? How long to break the episodes? I picture you in a room with a conference table and the typical dry erase white boards on the wall. Are these 9 to 5 days? How many days/weeks does this period entail?

    Also curious about the role of storyboarding. How important are storyboards to bridging the gap between script and screen? Would kill to see concept art for things like the White Walker/Craster’s baby scene at end of episode 4… How do storyboards (concept art) factor into deciding how to depict locations such as Bravos?

  98. Veltigar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard: I knew that question was coming! :)

    I’m happy to oblige ;-)

    Hodor’s Bastard:
    Too funny!

    I thought so as well. Although it would have been better if I had commented first and he had come after :D Still, very good trolling.

    Charlie Allnut: Nobody in Africa, but yours truly, can get a good head of steam on the old African Queen. Mads Mikkelsen could have don it, but he’s too busy since they cast him as Euron on GoT

  99. Darkstar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Falcon:
    Feel free to ignore this question:

    Does it bother you when book readers complain about the shows apparent lack of subtlety, and then when you do write something subtle, like Yara processing and accepting the fact that Theon is gone and her decision to retreat is because of that and not the dogs, all they can do is whine about how she ran away from dogs?

    Because it bothers me.

    Mr. Cogman, please do not ignore the above question. I would like to know as well. And also suggest that those people who are sooooo judgmental about that scene perhaps wait until we get the full season. We’ve no idea yet of whats to come.

  100. Brendan
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Brendan,

    I think a lot of fans of the show are prickly about criticism. I, like other people who are critical of the show at times , love the show or else I wouldn’t be in the discussion boards. I think the majority of the show writing is as good as any tv writing but some scenes are incinerator worthy. All of the Jaime and Tyrion added material is great and sets up his rescue of Tyrion as maybe even more dramatic and exciting.

  101. Carne
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Buy the way folks, Cogman said on Twitter that he’ll not be answering questions about future seasons, so no need to ask.

  102. turquoise skull
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Why did you decide to change two scenes that in the book, depict consensual sex, into rape scenes? (Regarding Daenerys’s wedding night and Cersei’s mourning of Joffrey)

  103. Sunfyre
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Brendan,

    Might want to spoiler that. I assumed we still needed to tag things in our questions here.

  104. cabbo
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Question: If the show does overtake the books in a significant way, would the course of action be to anticipate their path or to create a new one that is more suited to the show’s relatively limited scope? (I.e. Do you think future plans for the books will be thrown out the window in favour of new material for the show?).

  105. HouseMartellBitches
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    A) Do you have the budget to cast Ben Kingsley as Doran Martell?

    B) What do I have to do to make this happen?

    C) Are you gonna direct next year?

    Thanks for the awesome show!

    Ben Kingsley for Doran Martell or I riot!!!

  106. Dan
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Great episodes, as always, Mr. Cogman. What was the reason behind giving spoilers for books that haven’t come out, yet, so soon when your still doing so much book 3 scenes? And can you give us any indication on whether book readers are going to be spoiled any further this season?

  107. dizzy
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Please include Shitmouth.

  108. The Summer Ghost of Nymeria, of House Shaggydog, Lady of the Grey Wind
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Brendan,

    I don’t know about the writers but you clearly do. This is not how you interview someone and certainly not how you would frame a question like this.

  109. Micha
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Why does Stannis look so much more like a plain “villain” on the show? Was the changed intended, or do you consider him to be equally “good/bad” on the show and the books?

    Let’s take for example, the scene where he burns a Florent on the show.
    He burns him because “he was an infidel”, making Stannis some kind of religious fanatic.

    In the books, he burns a Florent too, but he burns him because he was a traitor who tried to set up a truce with the Lannister behind Stannis’ back, and give them Shireen.

    And in a later chapter, one of Stannis’ soldiers ask him to burn an unbeliever for favors of the R’hollor, to which he replies that half his army is made of unbelievers, he’ll have no burnings.

    Why that change? This makes Stannis not only a religious fanatic who’ll burn anyone who refuse to follow his religion ( while in the books he seems to barely care about the religion, only what he can get out of it ), and also makes him a clear “villain”. He’s the favorite character of many book readers, who (obviously) don’t consider him a villain at all, but in the show, it seems like viewers don’t really care about him and those who do see him more like a villain, than as the rightful king who’ll do what he can for his seat and his kingdoms.

  110. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I am an Administrator from the Game of Thrones Wiki.

    Since Season 2 I and the other Admins have been maintaining a list of questions which we couldn’t easily explain, to submit to the writers if the opportunity ever presented itself. I got the idea to make this list when you shut down your twitter the last time. The list now has over 70 questions in it. We are not casual viewers asking “wow, isn’t it fun to write Stannis?” — these are fact-based questions, many about the “butterfly effect” of changes to the TV continuity.

    Please forward this list to Mr. Cogman, and I hope he actually skims these comments:

    http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:The_Cargo_Cult?t=20140312043350

    The Star Wars movie writers (from the reboot) actually use the Memory Alpha Star Trek Wiki as an information source, and have done Q&A with them in the past.

    You may remember that in Mr. Cogman’s last Q&A, I was the guy who asked about Jaehaerys II.

    I doubt he will get to 70+ questions now (haha) but here are some pertinent ones at the moment:

    When I asked about Jaehaerys II, you just said “yes, he has been cut”…why was he cut, officially?

    As I explained, the problem is that this messes up how the Baratheons intermarried with the Targaryens (the TV show has actually made no specific mention that Stannis, Shireen, and Gendry carry Targaryen blood). We can’t make a family tree without that information.

    ***Moreover, Mr. Cogman wrote the Season 3 Histories and Lore featurettes, which raised all sorts of new questions: you see, in the books, Robert and Stannis’s father Steffon Baratheon was the son of Rhaelle Baratheon, herself the sister of Jaehaerys II Targaryen. Removing Jaehaerys II and his generatioin removes Rhaelle as well. We half suspected that the “drop of dragon blood” that Robert had in the TV continuity would be totally dependent on his descent from Orys Baratheon.

    HOWEVER, the Season 3 Histories & Lore featurettes then included the line that “Robert had Targaryen blood, through his MOTHER”…not his grandmother. So does Cassana Baratheon still exist in the TV show or was she combined with Rhaelle?

    Next Question: we’ve been having a lot of fighting over this on the wiki: in the books, Littlefinger nominally remains Lord Paramount of the Riverlands, but basically just leaves them to rot, while the Freys *functionally* rule the Riverlands. The HBO Viewer’s Guide is listing Walder Frey as the new Lord of Riverrun and Lord Paramount of the Trident (and in the books, they actually offer one of Walder’s sons to be Lord of Riverrun). Littlefinger and the Freys have made no mention of this so far.

    Why didn’t Tobho Mott reforge Ice? The Histories and Lore from Season 2 which you wrote stated that as in the books, only the blacksmiths of Qohor can reforge Valyrian steel. That’s their thing! It’s what they’re famous for, it’s what they *do*. Yet now “only three men can reforge it”, and one is from Volantis? Talisa is from Volantis? Olenna Tyrell wonders if Podrick Payne went to Volantis to get some figs? Stop trying to make “Volantis” happen, it isn’t going to happen!

    What are those coins that Davos showed Salladhor in the most recent episode? They are not Braavosi coins, we’ve seen those in Season 3 and they are square shaped (as in the books). The coins which Davos showed him aren’t Gold Dragons either, because if you look closely, they’re actually stamped with the hourglass-shaped sigil of the Iron Bank of Braavos; are they some kind of voucher coin or something?

    Was Tywin just speaking loosely when he said that dragons haven’t won a war “in 300 years”? The last big war with Dragons was the Dance of the Dragons, which happened 170 years ago.

    How the heck did Yara Greyjoy get to the Dreadfort….located on the *opposite side* of the continent? The Iron Islands are in the west, the Dreadfort in the northeast; this is like sailing from Ecuador to Venezuela *the long way* around Cape Horn (given that Westeros is about the size of South America). Then again, more time passes in the TV series, so are we to think that she’s been at sea for fully three months? Or, did she make a portage over the Neck at Moat Cailin (actually held by the ironborn) to a waiting boat on the other side?

    How could Cersei *possibly* remember the Reyne Rebellion? The numbers don’t match up.

    Why did you make Grey Worm from the Summer Islands and not some other location such as Naath, the Basilisk Isles, or mainland Sothoryos? Not that it’s a bad choice, the books didn’t give any information about his past.

    We’re stunned that Wilko Johnson recently underwent risky surgery that might be able to beat his previously considered to be terminal pancreatic cancer. Obviously even if it succeeds I doubt he’ll be healthy enough to work again for years, but would the door be open for him to return by Season 6 ish, if he wanted to?

    The Viewer’s Guide referred to the White Walker leader at the end of Oathkeeper as the Night’s King; can you go on-record as saying that this was a complete mistake, not an accidental leak?

    Well, please stop by for our other questions on the wiki if you can.

  111. Soopa Doop
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    We can always count on a Cogman episode to deliver nuggets of history of the world of Game of Thrones and callbacks from previous episodes to reward fans for sticking around and investing in the history. There are two that stick out in my mind.

    The first is Jaime’s “Kingslayer” story in Season 3 providing the background behind that name. In episode 6, in a scene not in the books, Jaime tells Tywin why he killed the “Mad King”, a callback to him telling Brienne the same thing.

    The second is from the most recent episode which happens during the trial with everyone using Tyrion’s triumphant moments in Season 2 against him in Season 4. All great callbacks. The Varys/Oberyn scene provides some history on the two of them like Oberyn visiting Essos and Varys’ opinion of desire and his decision to never be distracted by sex.

    Were there any other scenes written that included callbacks and/or history in past episodes that were cut because of time or because it felt out of place in the episode? How do you choose what bits of history deserve a mention on the show and when the appropriate time to put that in the show is?

    This is a long post so to GOO hosts, you may pick what you want from this. Not expecting the whole thing to be read.

  112. House Mormont
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Which character do you like writing the unspoken dialogue for?
    Like for instance, The Tywin and Jaime scene in 4×06 had “Tywin planned this all along” hanging in the air between them

  113. JohnnySD
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    My question would be:

    Will Bran’s tree visions ever be used as a vehicle in the show for the showing of specific flashbacks to the past that are important?

  114. Brendan
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Spoiler tags are not working. Just looked back at my last post.

  115. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    David:
    How do you feel about the book readers’ disproval of how Stannis has been portrayed thus far in the show? Was it a conscious decision, to your knowledge, to stray farther from the source material with Stannis than almost any other major character? Why is this the case with Stannis, and what repercussions do you think it has on his arc (because fans of the novel would argue it has a great affect)?

    I’m a book reader and I approve of Stannis in the TV show. PAY ATTENTION. As Cogman has repeatedly stated in past interviews, their plan was to at first present Stannis as stern and seemingly unlikable, but then peeling back the layers to show that he has hidden depths (not unlike how Jaime Lannister seemed like a villain to some at the end of episode 1).

  116. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Who was that handsome devil waiting on Stannis’s table at Dragonstone in “The Lion and the Rose”? Will he return?

  117. Kyrion
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    In regard to Willas and Garlan Tyrell, are they still in the show? Cousins? Bastards?

    John Bradley confirmed that Coldhands wasnt present in the show before Season 4, and Im interested in how was this decision made? Was it because Samwell killed the White Walker at the end of Season 3 rather than the begginning? Was it because Brans interaction with Crasters keep made his character too much cluttering?

    Thank you!

  118. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Your episodes are great. I especially loved your adaptation of the trial.

    In the show, Margaery was not involved in Joffrey’s death. In the books, it isn’t clear. Did GRRM tell you guys that she wasn’t part of it or was that an adaptation choice?

    Also, I humbly suggest Tatiana Maslany be cast as Arianne or one of the Sand Snakes if her schedule permits.

  119. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Azor Ahai: eady know this and the choices have already been made but just in case you actually read this: PLEASE underline the direct parallels between Cersei, Jon, and Dany’s leadership struggles in season five — seems like the perfect structural framework to adapt AFFC and ADWD.
    Thanks.

    Great question.

  120. Easteros bunny
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Can you explain why the show has so many unneserccary sex scenes that do not add anything to the plot, other then a “boobie rush” for the young male audiences.

  121. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Officially, “The Laws of Gods and Men” is the first episode in the entire TV series in which none of the Starks appear (including Jon Snow), or their allies (such as the Umbers, Tullys, Samwell Tarly or Brienne of Tarth). Even “Blackwater” had Sansa to ground a Stark viewpoint in it.

    I thought it was handled well, but I still encounter TV-first viewers who were confused after Ned Stark died, and utterly baffled after the Red Wedding, because they were convinced that the Starks were “the” main characters (arguably Ned’s children are the “main” characters if there are any, but it’s really more of an ensemble story). So were you in any way worried about making an episode with absolutely no Starks in it? I think that over three seasons into the show people are fairly invested in the other storylines.

  122. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Easteros bunny:
    Can you explain why the show has so many unneserccary sex scenes that do not add anythingto the plot, other then a “boobie rush” for the young male audiences.

    Easteros bunny:
    Can you explain why the show has so many unneserccary sex scenes that do not add anythingto the plot, other then a “boobie rush” for the young male audiences.

    Why isn’t there a more equal balance of female and male nudity? Or homosexual as well as heterosexual sex scenes? Many were let down that Oberyn wasn’t having a full frontal active sex scene in the brothel. I am a heterosexual white male, aged 18 to 35, but even the genius of Adam Friedberg can only go so far: WOMEN who I try to watch the show with are abandoning it due to the lack of male eye-candy. The lack of Loras/Renly sex scenes was a particular sore point.

  123. matt v.
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    first of all i love your work. i really love the show and think its the best ever made.
    my question: i suppose you already write the scripts for season 5. I believe it will have material from book 4 and 5. But some material from that will stay for season 6. So my question is will you film some material this year and possibly show it in season 6 or do you just film material for season 5 this year.

  124. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    chamush:
    There are so many moving narratives in books 4 & 5. While we may lose some of the POV characters to the cutting room floor( I’d be shocked if Aeron makes it in ), are there any narratives that are being cut entirely( e.g. the Greyjoy Storyline or Jaime’s trip through the Riverlands )?
    Also, how many, if any, of next season’s major characters have

    You mentioned on twitter that Greatjon Umber wasn’t even at the Red Wedding, but is loose in the Riverlands. WHAT?! Is he going to be holed up in besieged Riverrun, along with Brynden Tully? Was this a conscious decision to use the character more after his near-absence in Seasons 2 and 3?

  125. A Man Grown
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    HouseMartellBitches,

    Edward James Olmos. It is known.

  126. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Crud, no, I didn’t second that other quote as a “great question”, the quote box got messed up.

    THIS is the question I meant to reiterate:

    Azor AhaiWhat about the Tyrell siblings?
    Can confirm this please?! Was the guy sitting next to Margaery and Loras supposed to be Willas or Garlan Tyrell? Are they for sure being cut from the show? Thanks!

  127. Kevin
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    If you got to write a death scene for GRRM in a cameo appearance, how would you like to kill him?

  128. Dasy85
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    1) What was the main factor that got Coldhands cut from the show?

    2) Any hints without giving too much away what the most expensive scene will be in Episode 10

    3) Should we be worried in the next episode in the previews for episode 7 that Melisandre isn’t wearing her famous red ruby glowing necklace that she never takes off books and the show until now. Is this a plothole or a production error or something that was intended. There are many theories about that necklace. Fans are wondering including me that are dying to know this one. =)

  129. Jennie
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Something small that I appreciated among the bigger moments of this episode: Stephen Dillane and Liam Cunningham did a really phenomenal job as Stannis and Davos communicating essentially non-verbally with each other during their “loan interview” at the Iron Bank this episode. How much of that was written in the script, and how much was up the actors and director regarding how to play the scene? (If you want, you could maybe comment on how these powerful no-dialogue scenes are conceived for the show in general?)

  130. Tabes
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Bald guys rule the world…it is known.

  131. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    In “Oathkeeper”, why does the graffiti on the wall in Meereen say “Kill the masters” in the Common Tongue of Westeros, and not Valyrian with subtitles? I’ve asked David J. Peterson about this via his blog and he replied that this is exactly what he said when he saw it.

  132. Joshua Atreides
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Can you drop a hint to Nina Gold that Anna Torv would be an awesome Val? And Gillian Anderson or Orla Brady for Lady Barbrey Dustin. Thank you!

  133. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Why isn’t the full title “King of the First Men and the Andals and the Rhoynar” as in the books? In Season 1 it made sense that you didn’t want to confuse the audience because we don’t see the Dornish for another three seasons or so…but this was odd at Tommen’s coronation: Oberyn Martell is standing right there, in the crowd, yet they don’t mention that he’s also kind of the Dornish/Rhoynar?

    Or can we attempt to lampshade that, in the TV continuity, the title is officially just “King of the First Men and the Andals” because they weren’t kings of the Rhoynar for a while de facto (though even Aegon I *claimed* to be their king)…and that rule over Dorne is included in the other title, “Lord of the Seven Kingdoms”.

    Why did Davos call Stannis “King of Westeros”? There’s no such thing. He’s not king of the Free Folk…who also live in “Westeros”.

  134. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    “First of His Name” established that all eight of Oberyn’s bastard daughters, the Sand Snakes, exist within the TV continuity (unlike Willas and Garlan Tyrell, who are still in a limbo state…shouldn’t we need at least one, Willas, so Loras won’t be sole male heir?)….but anyway, Martin himself said he wasn’t sure how many Martells they could fit into the TV continuity, or if they’d have to condense them into composite characters (i.e. similar to fears in Season 2 that Shireen might not fit into the TV show)….

    …So the question is, were you worried about that line in the episode of, “oh no, we just established EIGHT more characters that exist in the TV continuity?” I really don’t think we’ll have screentime to see ALL of them, though it was at least nice to acknowledge their existence. Well the four youngest aren’t major characters just yet. What can we expect of the Sand Snakes in the future?

    Allexander Siddig for Doran Martell!

  135. Cumsprite
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it’s been asked before, but:

    Did HBO ever consider a Five-Year Gap?

  136. crotchpolice
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Have you cut the rest of the Greyjoy brothers (Aeron, Victarion, and Euron)? If so, why? They seem rather important to what’s coming.

    Also, what are your thoughts on fans’ reactions to the rather sizable deviation from source material regarding Stannis’ character and motives?

  137. Myron Gaines
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Why do you constantly mischaracterize Stannis in adaptation? You’ve turned him from a cynic using Melisandre to garner power he needs into a frothing zealot to name one of many actions taken directly against his characterization in the books.

  138. Stephen
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan, thank you for your excellent work on an excellent show. I am curious to hear how you guys decide which characters will appear in which episodes. At what point do you decide that Daenerys should get at least one scene every week or that Theon and Ramsay only appear once in the first 5 episodes? Obviously some storylines have to reach their climax at a certain time but Stannis and Davos, for example, could have appeared in any combination of episodes so far this season. What are all the factors that determine the layout each week?

  139. jentario
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Cumsprite,

    Good one. I think they should just make more time elapse throughout since the kids are growing bit by bit and not in a sudden burst.

  140. SilverStormm
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    My main question is a very simple one, please squeeze it in, it’ll take like 5 seconds to answer if that:

    Is episode 9 this season set in just 1 or more locations?

    The only other question I’d love an answer to is regarding the White Walker scenes at the end of episode 4…was this based on info from future books or was it something the writers came up with themselves?

    Thank you!

  141. DaarioStark
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for taking the time to do this and being such well done and faithful writer.

    - Can you give us any more insight into Shae’s betrayal are there details we haven’t found out yet that we will see in later episodes?

    - Uh isn’t Melisandre not supposed to take off her ruby neckpiece in the next episode?

    - Are there any other horned white walkers or was he the only one?

    - Without going into detail because i know you can’t say has casting started atleast for Season 5?

  142. Barista Selmy
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    What do you think of calling the baby white walkers the “White Crawlers”?

  143. iridium
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands,

    I’m with you. I don’t have anything against female nudity; I just want a bit of equal opportunity fan service. So my question to you, the esteemed Mr Cogman, is why do you keep putting clothes on Kit Harington? Seroiusly, can you stop?

  144. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    When did you know that Tommen would be recast? Before or after Dean-Charles Chapman was cast as Martyn Lannister in Season 3? (in which Tommen didn’t appear). Thus, did you want to establish Chapman within the show before the recasting, that “this is what an older Tommen would look like; see, that’s what his first cousin looks like at that age, it’s a family resemblance”. And I think that makes sense: if you’re going to recast the part, logically he’d resemble his first cousin. Or, was Chapman picked later, after being impressed with his performance in Season 3?

    Should we be worried about Aimee Richardson as Myrcella? She’s great! She *is* Myrcella; and as the years pass she only looks *more* like a younger mini-Cersei.

    ***Major quesetion: Why hasn’t Kevan Lannister appeared since Season 2? Was the actor unavailable?

  145. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    iridium:
    The Dragon Demands,

    I’m with you. I don’t have anything against female nudity; I just want a bit of equal opportunity fan service. So my question to you, the esteemed Mr Cogman, is why do you keep putting clothes on Kit Harington? Seroiusly, can you stop?

    Well it is very cold, at the Wall.

  146. SerRed88
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I love the show and thank you for doing this!

    1 – Will we ever learn the dragons names on the show?

    2 – Will the show ever touch more upon the Azor Ahai prophecy. Show watchers like my father barely know why Melisandre is so invested in Stannis because it was hardly mentioned.

    3 – Is Stannis ever going to get more likeable for show watchers? They seem to misunderstand him greatly and despise him. While book readers love him greatly and are conflicted about the shows portrayal. Will we see Stannis grow into the man we love?

    4 – Final question is… will the show ever show Stannis’s magic lightbringer sword (glowing red hot and all) We never saw it at Blackwater.

  147. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    crotchpolice:
    Have you cut the rest of the Greyjoy brothers (Aeron, Victarion, and Euron)? If so, why? They seem rather important to what’s coming.

    Also, what are your thoughts on fans’ reactions to the rather sizable deviation from source material regarding Stannis’ character and motives?

    There is no major deviation with Stannis.

    As for the Greyjoy uncles, they DID mention in Season 1 that Theon’s “uncles” were responsible for burning the Lannister fleet at anchor in the Greyjoy Rebellion. So they haven’t been “cut” but “pushed back”, apparently.

  148. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Why were the Thenns functionally combined with the Ice-river clans? The Ice-river clans are cannibals, true, but the Thenns are dangerous because they’re the most disciplined and advanced of the wildlings, with their own lords and *laws*. If anything they’re the least likely to be cannibals. Or was this just due to time constraints? (it’s not an outright “invention”, but it is a “condensation”)

    Another question: the girls working for Ramsay Snow in Season 3 were “Myranda and Violet”; in Season 4 we see Ramsay hunting and killing a girl named Tansy….MANY people leapt to the conclusion that “Tansy” was in fact “Violet”….DESPITE the fact that on-screen dialogue clearly referred to each by name (“Violet” in Season 3, and “Tansy” on-screen in Season 4) and that they look NOTHING alike! (Don’t people pay attention?)

    Anyway, there was some speculation that Tansy originally was *going* to be Violet, but that the actress was unavailable. Can you confirm or deny this?

  149. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Bryan

    Ignore my questions. In fact, ignore all of ours except The Dragon Demands or else he will ban us all.

  150. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Ser Preston Greenfield was not killed in the Riot of King’s Landing in Season 2?

  151. Tereeza777
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mr. Cogman – the 6th Episode was fantastic! Thank you! But, for some reason, Episode 5 has been removed from our “On Demand” line-up. We’ve been traveling for the past 2 weeks, and we missed Episodes 5 and 6, and we couldn’t wait to get home and watch them – but Episode 5 has been removed. Why would HBO do that? Please help – if you can. Anyway, your writing is the best – we even liked the Ramsay Bolton scene – I think that maybe the reason Ramsay showed up “sans armor” is because he had just brought Miranda to that “moon and stars place” when Yara and Co. showed up, and he had time to pull on his pants but not much else. Also, Prince Oberyn, Tywin, and Tyrion gave perfect interpretations to their perfect lines of dialogue. I’ll second Rygar’s question: do the actors get to ad lib at all or are they pretty much following the script word for word?

  152. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    How can the gold mines of all of the Westerlands “run dry”? That’s like saying the gold mines in *France* ran dry. In the books they can still produce gold, they’ve just drastically outspent the rate at which they can generate new wealth – King Robert’s debts plus their failed loans to Robert which they can’t get back, and now all of the war debt on top of that. Was this added in to try to emphasize to TV-first viewers why the Lannisters can’t simply pay off all of their normal debts?

  153. andyp
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Bryan,

    If Dave and Dan are BigHead and LittleHead, whats your code name?

  154. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Why do you keep inserting references to potatoes into the TV series? New World crops do not exist in Westeros: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Food_and_Drink#New_World_crops

  155. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Rygar:
    Bryan

    Ignore my questions.In fact, ignore all of ours except The Dragon Demands or else he will ban us all.

    In running a wiki, there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are also many moments for ruthless action. For what is often called “ruthless” may, in many circumstances, be only clarity: seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it: directly, quickly, awake, looking at it. As for my critics, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid, lying morality. And so I am beyond caring. http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/User:The_Dragon_Demands#Heads._Spikes._Walls.

  156. Luka Nieto
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Why was the design of the Eyrie completely changed between Season 1 and 4? It’s more interesting now, and I favor the new one, certainly, but I also like continuity.

  157. Rygar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands: In running a wiki, there are many moments for compassion and tender action.There are also many moments for ruthless action.For what is often called “ruthless” may, in many circumstances, be only clarity: seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it: directly, quickly, awake, looking at it.As for my critics, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid, lying morality. And so I am beyond caring.http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/User:The_Dragon_Demands#Heads._Spikes._Walls.

    I bow before you and your wise judgement. Oh and say hi to your mom for me, kay?

  158. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    What “Histories & Lore” featurettes can we expect with the next Blu ray set? I ask because the previous seasons have fairly well established most of the core history and many of the major regions. I guess Dorne would feature very prominently, any other ideas you’re toying with?

  159. S. Mantis
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Hello Bryan!

    Can you tell us if we can expect to see more Ironborn in the next season?

    Thank you.

  160. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Rygar: I bow before you and your wise judgement. Oh and say hi to your mom for me, kay?

    You owe me awe.

  161. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Question: Cersei has a line in her testimony at the trial in which she claims that Joffrey insisted on staying at the battlements during the Battle of the Blackwater to inspire his men to continue fighting…which is a blatant lie, she in fact ordered Joffrey to retreat to the safety of the inner castle, and Joffrey grudgingly succumbed to his own cowardice and left for Maegor’s Holdfast…at which point many of the Gold Cloaks fled the walls at the sight of their retreating king, and Lancel told her as much.

    There was also a deleted scene from Season 3 along similar lines, when at the Small Council Cersei says she wants the Gold Cloaks who fled the battle executed because they abandoned their king…which is also a blatant lie, as they fled only after Joffrey himself abandoned *them*.

    So my question is, with Cersei’s line about Joffrey insisting on leading from the front (when in reality she ordered him to make a cowardly retreat and he agreed)….when you wrote that, with Cersei’s internal headspace…does Cersei *herself* know this is a lie? Or has she become outright delusional?

    That is, at this point in the books, when Cersei starts getting her own POV chapters, you realize that she *honestly believes* many of the lies she spouts off and has a very warped view of the world around her, and it’s like looking through the eyes of madness.

    So in your writing or script notes to the actress, did you indicate “Cersei actually, delusionally believes the words coming out of her mouth, don’t smirk while you say them?”…and even if you didn’t tell the actress that, do YOU think that Cersei actually believes her own lies about this?

  162. Arya Stark
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    In the book, Cersei was initially very happy to see Jaime when he returned to King’s Landing, why was that changed in the show where she rejects him?

  163. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Question: in “The Laws of Gods and Men” when Tyrion says that Ser Meryn was beating and stripping Sansa Stark in front of the entire court, the camera briefly cuts to Jaime. Am I imposing my own views, or was this scripted as a shocked reaction by Jaime at Ser Meryn? In the books, Jaime is disgusted with how the Kingsguard followed Joffrey’s orders to beat a helpless little girl…particularly because one of his defining life events was his revulsion and horror at how the Mad King’s own Kingsguard stood by and never questioned him, or aided him in any order, no matter how ridiculous (i.e. burning Rickard Stark alive, raping Queen Rhaella, and the other Kingsguard – men he had *admired and venerated* up until that point, basically told him to shut up and blindly follow orders). So was that scripted, and intended as a nod that Jaime is only just now hearing that Joffrey had his Kingsguard beating Sansa, or was that something the director and actor worked out?

  164. Hodor Targaryen
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Which character do you wish you coukd/could’ve written more of?

    If you could have a conversation with any GoT character, who would it be?

    Pretebd that you were written into the show. What storyline would you want to be q character in?

  165. Cumsprite
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands:
    Why do you keep inserting references to potatoes into the TV series?New World crops do not exist in Westeros:http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Food_and_Drink#New_World_crops

    Do not exist? I am not so sure.

    Mr. Cogman,

    Are the corn and onions mentioned in ASOIAF analogous to the crops grown in the New World or are they …

    Hey, wait. No one gives a shit.

  166. Shadowcat85
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    You’ve mentioned before that Dany is the most difficult character to write for- can you elaborate on that? Is it because she’s so far removed from the main action, her point of view, or perhaps the messianic aspect to her story? Also, are the dragons going to be named? ;-)

  167. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Cumsprite: Do not exist? I am not so sure.

    Mr. Cogman,

    Are the corn and onions mentioned in ASOIAF analogous to the crops grown in the New World or are they …

    Hey, wait. No one gives a shit.

    “Corn” means “grain” in a medieval context, dingbat.

  168. Strider
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands: You owe me awe.

    Good God!

    Some men you just can’t reach. I hope there’s no failure to communicate this time.

    Some questions of yours are pretty good otherwise.

  169. The Lightning Lord
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    First of all I’d like to say keep up the good work!

    Second, I was wondering what some of the most difficult adaptation choices were. Any times where there was something from the books you really wanted to keep but knew you couldn’t for the good of the show?

  170. iridium
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands,

    God, I miss the edit function. I can’t spell “seriously?” Seriously.

    As to your perfectly reasonable explanation for the unfortunate persistence of Jon Snow’s clothes: that I might accept if Ygritte hadn’t stripped off happily in the cave scene. And all we got of Kit was the backside of his body double. It’s completely unfair and nonsensical. Unless…oh no! Wait, Mr Cogman, tell us the truth – is Kit a never-nude?

  171. Cumsprite
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands,

    So, Mormont fed his crow wheat? I am not saying it didn’t, but it sure is an odd picture.

    And “onion” means “onion” doodie-head.

  172. Veltigar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    The Dragon Demands:
    How can the gold mines of all of the Westerlands “run dry”?That’s like saying the gold mines in *France* ran dry.In the books they can still produce gold, they’ve just drastically outspent the rate at which they can generate new wealth – King Robert’s debts plus their failed loans to Robert which they can’t get back, and now all of the war debt on top of that.Was this added in to try to emphasize to TV-first viewers why the Lannisters can’t simply pay off all of their normal debts?

    Lol, have you even read the books? In his epilogue chapter, Kevan Lannister is clearly thinking about using Lannister gold to pay the crowns debts. He isn’t even concerned by it, the Lannisters can easily afford it. He would rather not do it of course, just like Tywin would’nt have want to before him, since the Rock and KL aren’t completely one and the same (eventhough the Lannisters hold sway over both). The rest of your complaint is warranted though. The mines running dry is one of the most moronic things the writing team have changed on the show.

    The Dragon Demands:
    Why do you keep inserting references to potatoes into the TV series?New World crops do not exist in Westeros:http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Food_and_Drink#New_World_crops

    It’s a fantasy series. I think we should cut them some slack on this one. I get your gripe of course. I remember “the adventures of Merlin” back in the day, where the main character was always eating tomatoes and potatoes, that pissed me off big time since it’s supposed to be set in our Medieval England.

    Rygar:
    Bryan

    Ignore my questions.In fact, ignore all of ours except The Dragon Demands or else he will ban us all.

    The Dragon Demands: In running a wiki, there are many moments for compassion and tender action.There are also many moments for ruthless action.For what is often called “ruthless” may, in many circumstances, be only clarity: seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it: directly, quickly, awake, looking at it.As for my critics, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid, lying morality. And so I am beyond caring.http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/User:The_Dragon_Demands#Heads._Spikes._Walls.

    Rygar: I bow before you and your wise judgement. Oh and say hi to your mom for me, kay?

    The Dragon Demands: You owe me awe.

    This whole back and forth between tDD and Rygar has me rolling on the floor laughing. Mods, if you are still looking for new contributions to this site than I suggest giving Rygar and tDD a joint mission (like watch the show together). Hilarity would ensue I’m sure!

    Pumbaa: [about "casting Mads Mikkelsen as Euron"] It’s our motto.
    Young Simba: What’s a motto?
    Timon: Nothing. What’s a motto with you?
    [laughs]

  173. FlayRamsay
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan,

    Your episodes are always my favourites, you always provide a great sense of dark humour.

    My question is in “The Laws of Gods and Men,” how do you see Shae’s betrayal? Has she always been a spy for Tywin, now showing her true colours or is she just doing what it takes to survive under Cersei’s threats? I know in the show you seem to be going out of your way to prove that Shae truly loves Tyrion, whereas in the book it is much more ambiguous.

  174. Amanda M
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan! You are my favorite writer on GoT. Please continue the amazingness for more seasons to come!

    My question is very shallow, but here goes: I have always particularly loved your scenes between Jaime (my favorite character!) and Brienne. Since so much of their feelings toward each other are ambiguous both on the page and the screen, I’m just curious if you personally are a Jaime/Brienne “shipper” haha. I think any romantic feelings are mostly on Brienne’s end, but it seems to me like there’s something deeper than normal friendship there. What are your thoughts?

  175. Eternal /got/
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Why did you think replacing Stannis burning traitors, an arguably justifiable action, with Stannis burning “infidels”, which makes him appear like nothing more than a zealot, was a justified decision?

    Do you think it amusing that unspoiled show watchers on the Previously.tv Unsullied thread legitimately believed that Stannis would sell the entire population of King’s Landing into slavery to get his crown?

  176. Veltigar
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    cosca:
    The Dragon Demands,

    Oh mighty dragon! Your stand against the trolls and the historically impaired is truly admirable.

    Ever since I was a young child, I have dreamt of being moderator of a wiki. Do you have any tips so that I may one day aspire to such lofty heights?

    Oh, you guys are killing me XD So freaking hilarious :D

    Natasha Romanoff: Most of the intelligence community doesn’t believe he exists. The ones that do call him the Winter Soldier. He’s a ghost, you’ll never find him… Unless you cast Mads Mikkelsen as Euron

  177. Tryrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Most of these questions are annoying. This is a great opportunity to ask a writer/producer of a show we all love (why else would we be on this website), and a lot of the Qs are disrespectful and meandering. Obviously he’s not going to spoiler future choices and I am sure he doesn’t want to defend their adaptation to the interweb

    People need to realize this

  178. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Veltigar: Oh, you guys are killing me XD So freaking hilarious :D

    Hey, in this context it actually made sense to inquire about Euron’s future introduction into the series.

  179. Wight
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Has Shitmouth been fu****g cast yet, you fu****g c*nt?

    If not, consider this my fu****g resume

  180. House Farwynd
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Will the adventurous Farwynds get their two minutes of fame in GoT?
    They have the real answer. Sail over the Sunset Sea!

  181. Ragman's Harbor
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Rygar:
    Bryan

    Ignore my questions.In fact, ignore all of ours except The Dragon Demands or else he will ban us all.

    HAHA I do want to keep my head

  182. Felt Pelt
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Your last name goes back to early Medieval English, and means your ancestors had a history involved in building or sailing boats. Do you know anything about your medieval ancestors? Does it help you have empathy for these characters? They were most likely trapped in a feudal system, with no dragons or ice zombies to get them out.

    And to take it further, Game of Thrones deals quite frequently with nobles. Most everyone’s ancestors, the commoners, often take a passive role and show up to be tortured or robbed or as an angry mob. As Jorah says, it is no matter to them if the high lords play their game. Can you talk about how you show the commoner perspective, and if you are able to, touch on how Book 4 treats the subject?

    (Here’s the surname link:)
    http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Cogman

  183. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Why can’t Westeros have new world crops? Westeros is Westeros. Not medieval Europe. I don’t recall reading anything about direwolves and mammoths in medieval Europe either.

    Edit: This is not a question for Bryan because this is a nonsense topic and I wonder why it’s been brought up at all.

  184. Ren Snow
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Who are the background characters sitting next to Cersei and the two guys sitting next to Margaery and Loras during Tyrion’s trial? Are they named?

  185. Harrold Hardyng
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Bryan,
    How do you respond to book readers who are upset with how far the show has deviated from the novels and how those deviations are causing a butterfly effect?
    Should we expect to see a Kingsmoot and will Griff, Young Griff, Areo Hotah, Doran Martell, Victarion, Euron and myself be introduced in season 5? I cannot picture any of them being cut.

  186. Patchy Face
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Johanna:
    First of all let me start with the warmest greetings from Romania.
    I am quite new in this big family and i didn’t have the time to read any of the books. Though, i’m planning to. I love the show and i can only congrats you all for that.
    One of my friends, who already read the books, mentioned that The Hound dies/is killed and that, at the point the show is now, he should have been long dead. However, you decided to keep him in the story (which actually glads me). Are you planning something with him? I suppose there is a reason.
    Also, are we going to see more of Osha and Rickon this season? I know that they are minor characters, but i am quite curious. And i think the others are curious aswell.
    Thank you very much.

    Hello – don’t know why your friend told you this about the Hound because it is actually not true – at this point in the books, he is not dead. I am not saying one way or the other what happens down the road for either Arya or the Hound. Over and Out-

  187. Mariya Martell
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Rygar:
    Is there any improvisation from the actors interpreting your scripts and,if so, who or what scenes?

    +1 for this question.

    And from me (if it has already been asked in the previous appearance on the show, please ignore it):

    What character gives/gave you the most pleasure to write? And why?

    WAIT WAIT extra question, very important! Will the nickname “Red Viper” ever make an appearance in the show? And why wasn’t it introduced in the first episode? It would have added to the mystery of who killed Joffrey.

  188. Hizdahr for President
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Much like Roose Bolton, I don’t drink. If I was somehow stranded in Westeros, The first thing I would do is look for marijuana. I assume it to only be found in Dorne, Lys, Naath, Asshai, the Summer Islands and Soth Orthos. Am I right or would I be able to make life easier on myself and find weed in the Reach or maybe Oldtown?

  189. Sunfyre
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    What percentage of these questions stand a chance of being answered by Bryan? I’d say 20% tops. ’tis a funny thread.

  190. Mariya Martell
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Wait, was I too late? Damn it!

    @Sunfyre: much less, I’d wager.

  191. interior bannisters
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Kevin: s not involved in Joffrey’s death. In the books, it isn’t clear. Did GRRM tell you guys that she wasn’t part of it or was that an adaptation choice?

    I am quoting this question because it must be asked!

  192. Spidey-Dan
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Ignoring elements of the novels that needed to be cut, what is the most painful compromise that you have had to make thus far? I’m talking about something that was scripted and planned but ultimately ended up needing to be significantly changed or eliminated entirely.

  193. ATG
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Hizdahr for President:
    Much like Roose Bolton, I don’t drink. If I was somehow stranded in Westeros, The first thing I would do is look for marijuana. I assume it to only be found in Dorne, Lys, Naath, Asshai, the Summer Islands and Soth Orthos.Am I right or would I be able to make life easier on myself and find weed in the Reach or maybe Oldtown?

    This question trumps all others in terms of importance (sorry tDD) and as such must be answered.

  194. King Stannis
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    David:
    How do you feel about the book readers’ disproval of how Stannis has been portrayed thus far in the show? Was it a conscious decision, to your knowledge, to stray farther from the source material with Stannis than almost any other major character? Why is this the case with Stannis, and what repercussions do you think it has on his arc (because fans of the novel would argue it has a great affect)?

    As a huge stannis fan i really dislike the fake stannis fans that complain about the show. Get over it!

  195. David R Witanowski
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    What Song of Ice and Fire character that didn’t make it into the Game of Thrones series would you have loved to bring to life on screen?

  196. The Dragon Demands
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Wight:
    Has Shitmouth been fu****g cast yet, you fu****g c*nt?

    If not, consider this my fu****g resume

    That’s a damn good question, ser.

  197. Josla
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Sunfyre,

    Will Jorah ever kiss Dany in the show? If not why did you consider proper to make this change? I feel that scene was important for both charactes’ development.

  198. AngryGoTFan
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    BRYAN CAN WE GET JON SNOW AT LEAST ONCE BEFORE THE SERIES ENDS TO SAY NO ONE UNDERSTAAANDS!?!!!?!!?!

  199. MVD
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    When is it going to turn to winter already ;)

  200. Harry
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Cogman, with so little time it must be hard to include the few little but important facettes from ASOIAF already shown in the series. I mean just enough to keep the viewers reminded of them, like:

    *The red comet and its meaning
    *The horn that was found with the Dragonglass and its meaning
    *Azor Ahai (Melisandres motive)
    (All these thinngs were mentioned/shown just once in Season 2)

    Is that a problem when writing the speeches of the characters because a TV show can only explain this by having characters actually speak about it?

  201. Tatters
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Easteros bunny,

    I also need to know why so much gratitous excess on this show.
    Both Blackwater and the purple wedding was loaded with visual eyecandy all a long, it feels disrespectful.
    No more violence, no more feasting!

  202. Matt
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN! COG-MAN!

  203. Edocrack
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Have Willas and Garlan Tyrell been adapted out completely? Or is it being intentionally left vague so that they might be adapted back in later if need be?

  204. Luka Nieto
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Edocrack,

    They have been cut. And it’s not vague at all. Tywin’s threat to the Queen of Thornes of making Loras a Kinsguard in Season 3 would have been rather pointless and absolutely non-threatening if she has other grandsons.

  205. Sonia
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    Mr Cogman,

    first of all, thank you so much for your work. Your episodes, together with George R.R. Martin’s episodes, are my favorite ones to date. I’d like for you to answer a question, if you can: I imagine talking to Martin and getting to know the endgame has highly influenced the planning for plot elements and character introductions in this and future seasons, but has it also influenced the way you are choosing to represent the characters you had already introduced? As in, deciding to put more focus on some character developments/traits or relationships that you know will be relevant in the future, so as to have them stick better with a tv audience, even if that means slightly deviating from the book you are currently adapting? No need to get into details, I am just curious about the general planning process.
    Thank you!

  206. Rafael
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Kevin:
    If you got to write a death scene for GRRM in a cameo appearance, how would you like to kill him?

    Yes yes! Ask this :D

  207. vivacity
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Dear Dr. Cogman

    Would a mineral heart be ontologically congruous with the latent or eradicated pathological phenomenon of chronically frigid hands? I’m not sure if you’re a medical expert, but this is my first time using the internet. Thanks.

  208. SM4e
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    What’s up with Kevan Lannister? Will he appear again and why has he been gone for so long? I think Ian Gelder was well cast.

    Will we ever get another King’s Guard besides Meryn Trant in the near future?

  209. Ser Dosser
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Dear Bryan, what is heavier a witch or a duck?

  210. Hodorkovsky
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Will the Greyjoy-nuncles be cut? Like Theon.

    I’d like to see more castration on the show.

  211. Hoyti Von Totiy
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Bryan, what is the average speed of a swallow ?

  212. SGC
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    How does the performance of actors influence what is written for them? If an actor turns in a particularly good performance or has an interesting or different interpretation, is that considered for future scenes?

  213. A Cogman created Brother of the Night's Watch
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    No Question for him – just a straight up standing ovation – may his Watch never end!!

  214. Ashara D
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    No questions here. Just wanted to say I love the show as much as I loved the books (that’s A LOT) and I appreciate all of your very hard work. Looking forward to visiting Dorne and learning more about the Daynes!

    Thanks!

  215. queenofthorns
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Burning Murder mystery question:

    How on earth did the Queen of Thorns poison Joffery without risking Margaery’s life AND without telling her something ahead of time? Either she poisoned the wine or the pie, and either one of them could have been consumed by Marg.

    Oleanna would never be so reckless as to risk Margaery – that was the whole point of killing Joffery. So what gives? I assumed from the book (since we aren’t told) that she must have been in on it at least enough to be told not to eat the pie or wine or whatever. Yet in your first episode you reveal that in fact she was clueless… help!

  216. outdoorcats
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    TELL US ABOUT FUTURE ADAPTATION CHOICES!

    Just kidding.

    Bryan, we hear you’ve added a staff writer for Season 5, one Dave Hill. What can you tell us about Dave? A cool guy? How did he first get involved with the show?

    Also, are there any main characters from the books who the writing team consciously chose to consciously alter the characterization of, in the process of adaptation? For one example, Cersei – is she intended to be a more sympathetic character than the Cersei of the books, or do you feel she just naturally comes across as more sympathetic in the process of adapting her to TV (for instance, getting to see so much more of her than we do in the early books)?

  217. outdoorcats
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    outdoorcats,

    Obviously should read, “Also, are there any main characters from the books who the writing team consciously chose to alter the characterization of, in the process of adaptation?”

  218. Dragons125
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks for doing this Bryan! :) Do you have any certain characters that you like writing for? And conversely, do you have any that you find difficult to write?

  219. Lu
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Can you please include satin into the show, it may not seem much as he is a background character, but i really liked him in the book, as you see his progression through jons eyes and how many frown on him but jon doesnt cause of being a good person and a loyal friend. I think having a character like that would be great, as i looked up to him, considering theres only really loras around as a gay character, and it would be nice to have a diverse range, thanks :)

  220. Lu
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    queenofthorns,

    did you notice tyrion put down the goblet of wine right by olena before joffrey drunk it, she poisened the cup of wine not the jug, therefore only joffrey would drink it.

  221. Barry
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Why did you cut Garlan and Willas? You didn’t even need to cast Willas, but knowing that there’s a Tyrell heir is important. Now Loras can’t join the KG because he’s the only heir to the seat!

  222. Alex
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Why do you guys hate Stannis so?

  223. The Ghost of Karl Tanner
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    ATG: This question trumps all others in terms of importance (sorry tDD) and as such must be answered.

    Hizdahr for President,

    Think of a place where the climate would match either India, Afghanistan or if you want a place close to US climate you’d want a place that matches the emerald triangle of Northern California.

    Since the Westerlands mines are no longer producing and with their hills to plant on where the suns rays could hit the plants I’d say that would be a good place.

    But I’m open to discuss as some of you are probably more familiar with the terrains of the regions. I’ve only seen Gin Fookin Alley and the North.

  224. Nick
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Which characters do you find easiest to tap in to when writing for them, and conversely which do you find most difficult?

  225. The Unburnt
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    So you know how D&D had to pass the “who’s Jon Snow’s mom” test before George would let them do the show? Did BCogs have to pass this test too?/Does he know through D&D the answer to that?

  226. Vyrion
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Is there any scene that in retrospect you now feel strongly would have tackled a different way? Or are you largely locked in on certain things, and means you need to adapt something a certain way but otherwise wouldn’t?

  227. Fran Hackett
    Posted May 16, 2014 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Cogman, what are your thoughts on the adaptation of Stannis in the show? While Dillane gives a wonderful performance, the character seems to have been stripped of much of his autonomy and sympathetic qualities. His adherence to duty seems to have been largely replaced by religious fanaticism as of episode 2 of this season, seeing as he burned Axel Florent for arbitrary reasons rather than burning Alester for trying to broker a secret peace with the Lannisters, a treaty which involved giving them his only daughter. Another deviation, which I found quite jarring, was Melisandre convincing Stannis to spare Davos in the season 3 finale. Not only is this consistent with the source material, but it strips him of his agency going north to the Wall, which is considered by most of the fans to be not only Stannis most formative moment, but on of the most compelling moments in the entire series.

  228. loco73
    Posted May 17, 2014 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    First I must say that I really feel sorry for Mr. Cogman after seeing that picture at the top of the thread! The man looks like he’s been through the ringer…and I feel guilty for perhaps having played a part in turning him to that state of being!

    Second, as to the question, Mr. Cogman, how do you cope with our stupidity and small-mindedness?!

  229. Uljia Sand
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Is there any chance Pedro Pascal can be re-cast (with makeup or other means) as Doran Martell? He is a wonderful actor, and we would love to see more of his work.

  230. Belinda
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    So I have a 21st party (game of 21s) which is combined with my bf an I just wanted to know if I you had anything you wanted to donate to our party any old posters costume replicas or anything would be col if anyone was in Sydney and dropped in
    Belinda GOT is amazing


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