Q&A: 'Game of Thrones' Insider Bryan Cogman on the Biggest Season Yet

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The show's invented individual scenes and even entire storylines in the past. In my experience of the fandom, the scenes tend to go over better than the storylines. Does that square with what you've observed?
You're asking why I think some fans didn't like our storylines? Um . . . I don't know. like them. I assume you're speaking of book fandom since people who haven't read the books don't know what's "invented" or what's not.

Yeah, I meant the book readers.
In that case, I assume they didn't go over well because those book fans preferred the book version. That's ok if they did. Like I said, can't please everybody.

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My theory is that individual scenes come across like "deleted scenes" from the novelslike a conversation King Robert and Cersei might have had, but we never got to see since neither of them was a main character at that point in the series. But the larger the invention gets, the more proprietary the readers start to feel about the version they knew and loved from the books.
Perhaps. Hey, you never know, it's all subjective. You mention that Cersei/Robert scene. I think it's one of the best scenes in our series and it was kind of a turning point for David and Dan in terms of adhering to book canon. It was written later in the season, after we'd pretty much completed the episode it's in – 105, "The Wolf and the Lion." I think it's safe to say some book purists might not like that scene  – because it's unlikely "book Robert" and "book Cersei" would ever have that conversation, in which they discuss the current political climate and reflect on their marriage. But "show Robert" and "show Cersei" would have that conversation. I think it was really freeing. Some book purists may not have cared for it, but for the show to work and for those two characters to really make an impact in Season One, that scene ended up being essential. I think Mark and Lena would tell you it was one of their favorite pieces of material too. But, you know, different strokes.

From here on out, I feel like the trajectory of the adaptation process gets trickier and trickier. As the books get longer and longer, the amount of splitting, splicing, reshuffling, cutting, and adding will increase, with all the peril and potential that entails. Sound about right?
Yeah, that's right. As I said before, this show is now officially one big adaptation of all the books. The "book a season" rule doesn't apply anymore. It's tremendously challenging, but it's a really fun puzzle to work out. I've said this before: George has given us a fantastic set of toys to play with. David, Dan and I just met with him over a few days at his home in Santa Fe, and it was so exhilarating to hear him talk about the mythology of Westeros and what's in store for the characters. It's going to be a hell of a lot of fun moving forward. 

He didn't happen to mention a release date for the next book in the series, did he?
Ha! No.

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