Winds of Winter Begins With Two Giant Battles — Can the TV Show Handle It?
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the production of Game of Thrones, it’s that big battles are expensive. The show has only done two really big battles thus far, Season 2’s Battle of the Blackwater and Season 4’s Battle at the Wall, but they may have to increase their budget moving forward.
A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin is still hoping against hope for a series of films to close out the series, something that seems highly unlikely.
“Book six starts with two simultaneous gigantic battles that will dwarf what we did with Blackwater, so, how will they do it?” Martin asks Hollywood Life. “Maybe with a feature film budget.” While movies would be nice, HBO and the Game of Thrones showrunners have thus far shown no interest in the idea and instead plans on going ahead and finishing the series with three more television seasons. So how could they handle two huge simultaneous battles?
If we’re correct in assuming if these two battles are the Battle at Winterfell and the Battle at Meereen, which are both on the verge of breaking out at the conclusion of A Dance with Dragons, there are a number of ways in which the show could handle them.
Since the two are unrelated and happening a world apart, they don’t have to occur simultaneously on the show. One could happen at the end of Season 5, the other at the beginning of Season 6, thus spreading the battle budget across two seasons. Another option would be to minimize one of the battles. The sack of Meereen happens mostly off-screen on the show, might this also be the case for the Battle of Meereen? The show seems to have some room to work here, and we have no doubt they’ll put some compelling battles on-screen!