The pilot episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 was screened on Sunday at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. HBO requested guests to not reveal spoilers after the event. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were particularly proud of the show’s upcoming season even if it entailed tougher production than the previous ones.
At the premiere, Entertainment Weekly reports that David revealed the work they had to do for Game of Thrones Season 6.
“This season was a beast to make. We shot 680 hours of dailies, which translates to 3.7 million feet of film. We shot in five different countries – Northern Ireland, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, and Canada. We employed 900 crewmembers in Belfast; 400 in Spain. We issued 140 script revisions. We two shot units a day for 22 weeks straight, three units a day for 10 weeks straight, four units for two weeks straight. And none of that would be possible without the greatest producing team on the planet.”
The publication notes that unlike previous Game of Thrones season openers that were somewhat slower-paced, “The Red Woman” was filled with shocking scenes. This might be due to last season’s cliffhangers including Arya being blinded, Daenerys being captured by the Dothraki, Sansa and Theon running away from Ramsay, and the most talked-about scene, Jon Snow’s death. The pilot episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 promises to pick up right where last year’s finale left off.
HBO has also announced the titles of the two episodes after “The Red Woman.” The second one is called “Home” which could pertain to Casterly Rock for the Lannisters, Winterfell for the Starks, or even the Dothraki people for Daenerys.
The third episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 is titled “Oathbreaker” that apparently points out to Brienne. Prior to Lady Catelyn’s death, Brienne promised her that she would find and protect the remaining Stark children. Viewers have to find out if the episode is about that oath or Brienne and Podrick’s encounter with Ian McShane’s character on the Quiet Isle.
The actor will join Game of Thrones Season 6 for a single episode. His mission is to bring back someone from the dead, and clues do not point to the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but to The Hound.
Apart from the production team, there is one person who probably knows by now how Game of Thrones Season 6 will turn out: Barack Obama. The President of the United States is a fan of the fantasy show and the showrunners admitted to the Independent that he requested advanced copies of the episodes.
“When the commander-in-chief says ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?” David quipped.
Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos, also talked to Vulture about the president’s fixation with the show.
“Did you know he gets advance copies? POTUS. He gets DVD copies before we do. And we’re in it!”
He also recalled a story where David Nutter, the director of last season’s finale, was approached by the POTUS at a party to ask if Jon is indeed dead. The director responded, “He’s deader than dead. Dead, dead, dead.”
Game of Thrones Season 6 returns on April 24.
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