Veteran “Game of Thrones” writer Bryan Cogman has confirmed that his potential spinoff series from the HBO epic will not be going ahead.
“This is it for me in terms of Westeros,” Cogman told Variety. “It’s been a beautifully cathartic thing re-watching the series recently, it’s been ten years of my life.”
The most recent episode of the show, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” was Cogman’s last as a writer, and he says he “couldn’t think of a more beautiful episode to go out on.”
In the episode, Daenerys and Jon are interrupted in the middle of a rather important conversation. Jon had just told her that his real name is in fact Aegon Targaryen, and that therefore he is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and, seemingly less important to Dany, her nephew.
However, just as she is getting to grips with the consequences of this enormous revelation, Jon is saved by the horn.
“If you’re Jon and Dany, you’re probably the only two in that castle who are glad that the White Walkers just showed up. He would be saying to her, ‘OK, good talk let’s go, the end of the world is here, phew,’” jokes Cogman
Cogman reveals that when he submitted his first draft of the episode it came back from showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss covered in red pen, which is when he realized the magnitude of the episode and how much work there was to do.
“It was a sea of red like blood dripping from my soul because it was a mess and they were right,” he says. “It was a lot of talking about stuff that had happened and asking questions the audience already knows.”
Eventually Cogman managed to wrangle the complicated script together, and he also adds that he and the showrunners had been “working towards” the heart-melting scene in which Jaime Lannister knights Brienne of Tarth “for quite some time.”
“David and Dan were pretty adamant, kicking ideas around in the writer’s room, that it not be on a hill at sunrise with their capes billowing in the wind,” Cogman says. “We wanted it to be the antithesis of that and subvert that trope.”
Cogman signed an overall deal with Amazon last year, where he will now focus his attention. He was one of one of five writers, along with Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland and Carly Wray, chosen to develop a new show in the “Game of Thrones” universe. HBO ordered the show being developed by Goldman to pilot in June, 2018.
Where Is Melisandre In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8? Carice Van Houten Hints At Big Return On ‘Game Of Thrones’
HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 returned with a number of teary-eyed reunions and some much anticipated moments which have set into motion the beginning of an end which can practically go anywhere. However, even while we saw Lord Varys and Ser Davos, being all wise and discussing the most pressing matter in hand, the Red Woman, Melisandre, was certainly missing in action. Melisandre, a lot like Jaime Lannister, is a character who has literally undergone a complete change of heart, but the question remains how will she serve in the Great War now that the Long Night is here.
We saw Melisandre for the last time in Season 7 when she exchanged some extremely secretive words with Lord Varys where she hinted to the audience that she and Varys are destined to die in the foreign land of Westeros. Melisandre left Dragonstone, once Jon and Daenerys were united- as she had pledged to bring fire and ice together- and the priestess rode off to the southern city of Volanti, for some unmentioned business. However, as she informed Varys that they will both die in Westeros, the return of her character is pretty evident. Chances are Melisandre went to make some special arrangements in Volantis to help the army in the North fight against the Night King.
Before we can presume what Melisandre might contribute to the battle, it is important to understand where she comes from. She hails from Asshai, a city in the East where no children are born. A description of the city states, “There are no horses in Asshai, no elephants, no mules, no donkeys, no horses, no camels, no dogs. Such beasts, when brought there by ship, soon die. Those who walk the streets of Asshai are masked and veiled and have a furtive air about them. And there are no children in Asshai.” The city is also notorious for its population of magicians, mostly fire wights, who are the undead mass residing in Asshai- just similar to the White Walkers who reside in the Land of Always Winter.
Chances are Melisandre has set off to Asshai to gain knowledge about ways to defeat the Night King, and in its subtle manner ‘Game of Thrones’ has always shown us the ones who attain knowledge always survive through even the worst calamities. Moreover, Melisandre is a priestess who worships the Lord of the Light and her monotheistic God is actually the exact opposite to the Great Other- which is basically the Night King. Worshippers of R’hllor (Lord of the Light) believe that the struggle between the Lord of Light and the Great Other will continue until a messianic figure, commonly called Azor Ahai, is reborn and claims his sword, Lightbringer.
Chances are Melisandre knows who Azor Ahai is, as back in Season 7, she had a vision of a boy’s face with a wolf and a thousand red eyes on a wooden face. Perhaps her journey to Essos is driven by the need to help Azor Ahai defeat the Great Other, as she might just try to find ways for Azor Ahai to bring out the Lightbringer.
The Battle of Winterfell, which is coming up in Episode 3, will be a fight of the living against the dead. That seems like a perfect time for the Red Woman to reappear and provide some magical assistance.
Where the fuck is Melisandre? She has been cackling on and on about the Lord of Light this and the Great War that. Sis aint shown up yet. #GOT
— Thotiana Targaryen (@BlkGirlFreedom) April 22, 2019
Are we all ready for Melisandre to join in half way through the battle and start casting fire spells because I swear there could be no greater moment in the show
— Matthew (@moonlight_swift) April 22, 2019
Everyone forgetting about Lady Melisandre. I'm calling it right now, her and the Lord of Light are gonna have a big part in this battle #GoT
— Connor Whalen (@C_Whalen17) April 22, 2019
There are going to have to be a lot of sacrifices in the Battle of Winterfell, since the Night King and his army post an immense threat to humanity. Jon Snow, Daenerys, and their armies can use all the help they can get, and Melisandre’s magic has proven powerful in the past. Fire is known to kill White Walkers and wights, and fire also happens to be Melisandre’s specialty, so that could come in handy if she returns to Westeros.
There’s also the possibility that she’ll return with reinforcements. In Season 7, she said that she was traveling to the city Volantis in Essos. Volantis has many followers of the Lord of Light, so it’s possible that Melisandre rounded up several followers to join her in her mission.
In her latest Interview she said:
I guess she probably sees herself more as a matchmaker at this point, bringing together the right people in the right place.
Fans can see if Melisandre returns when the next episode of Game of Thrones airs on Sunday, April 28 at 9 P.M. ET on HBO.