Back in May, HBO announced they were developing four prequels to their epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones. They attached George R. R. Martin, and if that wasn’t enough to whet palates, they also garnered a slew of impressive talent, among them Carly Wray (Westworld) and Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle). Martin later revealed in a post on his Not a Blog that he was also working on a second series, bringing the total prequel series HBO was developing to a whopping five.
However, in that same post, Martin clarified that he’d worked on the show with another writer, but refused to say who. He simply said that next to himself and Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson (his co-writers on A World of Ice and Fire) he could think of no who “knows and loves Westeros” more. Well, now we know who was worthy of such honored praise — current Game of Thrones writer and producer, Bryan Cogman.
Why should we all be bouncing up and down in our seats? Because George wasn’t being hyperbolic — Bryan Cogman absolutely fits the bill as someone who knows Westeros almost as well as Martin himself. He’s been with the show since the very beginning, starting with the first season’s “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things.” He’s gone on to pen ten more episodes of the series, and during the course of the past seven seasons, he’s proven himself capable of producing some of the show’s most sophisticated and nuanced stories.
Maester Aemon’s fervent urging to Jon Snow that new Lord Commander “kill the boy” in the episode of the same name, Jaime Lannister’s bathtub admission to Brienne that he killed the Mad King to save the capitol in “Kissed by Fire,” and the Hound’s redemption in “The Broken Man” — Bryan Cogman’s name is on each one.
– Episode #8.2 (2018) … (written for television by)
– Stormborn (2017) … (written for television by)
– The Broken Man (2016) … (written for television by)
– Blood of My Blood (2016) … (written for television by)
– Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (2015) … (written for television by)
– Kill the Boy (2015) … (written for television by)
– The Laws of Gods and Men (2014) … (written for television by)
– Oathkeeper (2014) … (written for television by)
– Kissed by Fire (2013) … (written for television by)
– What Is Dead May Never Die (2012) … (written by)
– Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things (2011) … (written by)
He’s a brilliant steward of Martin’s work, so the idea of the two working together on one of the prequels has us very, very excited. Especially after reading this endorsement today on the author’s Not a Blog:
Less formally, he has also been GOT’s “Keeper of the Lore,” the guy who knew the canon better than anyone (except me, though sometimes I am not even sure of that). He’s written more episodes of GAME OF THRONES than anyone but Dan & David… including some of our very best ones. If D&D have been the kings of Westeros for these past seven seasons, Bryan Cogman has surely been the Prince of Dragonstone.
Thrones is at its best when Martin’s rich source material is handled by someone who can illuminate its depth and complexity. Bryan Cogman’s already done that time and time again.
Game of Thrones is currently in pre-production on its eighth and final season, and if you still haven’t gotten enough of the most recent “History & Lore” animation they released, as well as some of the behind the scenes stuff.