In the latest episode of the new season of Game of Thrones, a group of Lannister men decide to form a new team to defeat the Night King, who has taken over the Wall and is threatening to kill all of Westeros.
It’s a good way to end the season.
We spoke with “Game of Whisperers” co-creator Jonathan Groff about how he pitched the idea, how the group came together, and what’s in store for the season ahead.TVLINE | This week’s episode starts off with the Night of the Broken Bones, which you’re describing as a “charlottes dog club.”
What was the idea behind the idea?
I think it was a nice idea for the Night’s Watch, because it was kind of the beginning of what is going to be a pretty significant story arc for them.
So I thought it would be a great way to start off the season, but it’s also kind of a nice, warm, fun way to wrap up the season in terms of the Night.TVEN | So this team has a name.
How did you come up with that?
It’s called “the Charlotties Dog Club.”
What does it mean?
We’ve seen that they’re kind of very old-school, and we know that they are old-fashioned in that they take their dogs into battle.
So it’s sort of the way they treat each other.
And then it was just sort of, like, a fun name.TVES | You’re also making a guest appearance as the head of the Charlotte Dog Club, right?
The other characters have nicknames, right.
How was that done?
We had to find a new one.
So the first one we came up with was “The White Walkers,” which is just kind of just a cool name.
And I think that’s kind of how it came together.TVENE | So the Night is dead?
So what happens next?
How does the group decide what to do?
Well, I think the most important thing is they decide who to take the next step with.
It might be a little bit more complicated than you might expect, but ultimately, they’ll go to war with the White Walker.TVFREDDIE | Is that a joke?
It sounds like a lot of fun, but is it?
No, it’s not a joke.
It sounds really good, and I hope that the showrunners get a lot out of it.TVFARLANE | How do you plan to deal with the fact that the Night has been dead for a long time?
How is this new team going to go about its new mission?
Well, it all kind of comes together, I suppose.
So basically, they’re going to sort of find the White Walker, and then we’ll have to sort the rest of the characters out.TVGARFIELD | How does it feel to be the lead of a show that is already having a huge impact on the world?
It’s fun, and it’s exciting, and so we hope that fans will find some enjoyment in seeing that happen.TVREED | Is there any possibility that this new group of men will eventually become the new Night?
I mean, I mean the Night seems to have a really strong connection to Winterfell, so it’s really going to depend on what happens to the White Council and who’s running it.
And obviously, Bran and Jon have been involved in it, and Bran has really grown up.
But I don’t think it’s a sure thing.TVNICOLE | Will we ever see the Night in the flesh?
I hope so, because I hope people will be really surprised by how much they care about him.
He’s just a very powerful character.
He represents hope and joy.TVERLINE | So he’s the leader of this new breed of Night, right, as opposed to the Night who is the leader who has been around forever?
I mean there are definitely similarities between the two, but I think it will be interesting to see how this group reacts to the new leader.TVANNA | I know you’re working on another show right now, but what else are you doing?
I just want to know if you’re still writing!TVERLOFF | Oh, we’re still working on our next show.TVNE | We’re also working on a second show right next to ours.TVANNIE | It sounds so cool, I can’t wait to see the new show!TVGARRFIELD | You have a lot to talk about, so let’s start with the most basic question: What is your favorite thing about the show?[Laughs.]
That’s a really hard question to answer, because we have so many different things we want to do.TVGRIFF | Well, there’s probably a lot that