Game of Thrones Season 6 Will Feature The Biggest Battle in TV History

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HBO's Game of Thrones Season 6 will start next month, and Entertainment Weekly just released some exciting new information about the series. EW spoke with writer/producer Bryan Cogman and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about one of the season's most epic moments: a battle that they claim to be the biggest in TV history. Cogman says:

"It's definitely the biggest [action sequence yet]. We've always wanted to get to a place – story-wise and budget-wise and time-wise and resource-wise – where we would be able to do a proper battle, with one army on one side, one army on another side."

Who will be involved in that battle? They didn't divulge, but EW describes what the battle will be like: "Hundreds of human soldiers on one side of a field, another army on the other side, and then there is a clash that is highly tactical, yet character-driven, and shown from start to finish – a 'proper battle,' as Cogman put it." After seeing the battle at the Wall and Hardhome, it's exciting to hear that we're going to see a much bigger battle in the upcoming season. Weiss explains why we don't just see this kind of battle on TV:

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"We wondered, ‘Why don't you see more fully fleshed-out battles in movies and TV?' Then you get into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to actually shoot these things in a way that isn't just helter-skelter chaos but actually gives you a sense of battle geography and the ebb and flow, and you realize why."

Miguel Sapochnik, the director behind Season 5's awesome Hardhome episode will return to handle that level of complexity. It sounds like the showrunners aren't just hyping up the upcoming season when they said that it's going to be the best one yet.

Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere on April 24.