Game of Thrones has steadily introduced monsters and creatures throughout the years. It’s hard to remember that season one barely had White Walkers, Wights, and dragons at all, and most of the creatures and magic were only hinted at.
Boy how far the series has come.
Last season’s Hardhome set piece really gave us a good look at the White Walkers’ army of the dead and it looks like we’ll get more of it in season six. Game of Thrones has released a new featurette which focuses on prosthetics designer Barrie Gower.
Check it out below:
While this is a season six featurette of Game of Thrones, it looks like most of the behind-the-scenes footage comes from season five’s Hardhome sequence. I could be wrong but the only footage that may be from the upcoming season seems to show up 50 seconds in the featurette.
One thing season six may not do is actually spoil the sixth book The Winds of Winter. According to showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss, the show has diverged so much from the books that it won’t spoil them. Here’s what Benioff told Entertainment Weekly:
“People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled – and it’s really not true. So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”
George RR Martin has repeatedly said that the Game of Thrones television series has a butterfly effect going on. Small changes near the beginning have created huge changes in the latter season. Martin has also described his writing process as gardening where he plants a seed and then tends to it rather than creating a detailed version of the story before he puts pen to paper. Weiss adds the following:
“What makes the books so great is that George doesn’t make meticulous blueprints for every beat of this story and then fill in the blanks dutifully going from A to B to C, fleshing out an outline. At a certain point, we realized we were going to outpace the books and we kind of chose to see it as a great thing on both sides – there’s this amazing world George has created and now there are two different versions, and there’s no reason we can see why you can’t be thrilled and surprised and dismayed by both of these different versions of this world.”
It seems that Martin taking his time and not planning out the stories in detail, which has become a bonus now that the show will be outpacing the books.
Game of Thrones season 6 will premiere on April 24, 2016 on HBO.