Bryan Cogman (born 25 July 1979) is an American Emmy winning scriptwriter, and staff writer for Game of Thrones.
Cogman previously worked on the short-lived series My Own Worst Enemy as a writer's assistant.
Game of Thrones
Cogman worked on the Game of Thrones unaired pilot episode as a writing assistant to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: he wrote the series bible outlining character and background information for the rest of the cast & crew to consult, and was known as the unofficial "keeper of the mythos" for the show. He also wrote the script for the fourth episode of Season 1.
Originally, Cogman didn't expect to be credited as a writer in Season 1, but then Benioff and Weiss asked him to take a crack at the fourth episode. When they received his draft, they decided to give him full writing credit for the episode - which became "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things". As Cogman said:
- "I didn't know I was writing an official GoT script when I penned my S1 ep..I thought it was just an exercise D&D [Dave and Dan] assigned me. Had no hope in my wildest imagination that I'd write for S1 or S2, for that matter. So I wrote 'Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things' blissfully unaware of the high stakes."
Therefore Cogman considered the episode he wrote in Season 2, "What is Dead May Never Die", to be the first "true" script he wrote for the TV series, knowing from the beginning that he was the primary writer on it.
After Season 1 Cogman was promoted to story editor and staff writer, and wrote at least one script every year through Season 5. He was promoted to Co-Producer in Season 4, and a full Producer credit in Season 5.
Cogman also wrote the hour-long series of animated featurettes included in the TV season Blu ray set for Season 1 (narrated by the TV series's starring cast, in-character), known as the "Complete Guide to Westeros". Although Dave Hill took over the writing responsibilities for the new format known as the "Histories & Lore" series, Cogman still oversaw it.
In June 2014 it was announced that Cogman will also be the scriptwriter for a movie adaptation of the Magic: The Gathering fantasy card-game series.
Executive story editor
|Season one credits|
|Winter is Coming||The Kingsroad||Lord Snow||Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things||The Wolf and the Lion|
|A Golden Crown||You Win or You Die||The Pointy End||Baelor||Fire and Blood|
|Season two credits|
|The North Remembers||The Night Lands||What is Dead May Never Die||Garden of Bones||The Ghost of Harrenhal|
|The Old Gods and the New||A Man Without Honor||The Prince of Winterfell||Blackwater||Valar Morghulis|
|Season three credits|
|Valar Dohaeris||Dark Wings, Dark Words||Walk of Punishment||And Now His Watch is Ended||Kissed by Fire|
|The Climb||The Bear and the Maiden Fair||Second Sons||The Rains of Castamere||Mhysa|
|Season four credits|
|Two Swords||The Lion and the Rose||Breaker of Chains||Oathkeeper||First of His Name|
|The Laws of Gods and Men||Mockingbird||The Mountain and the Viper||The Watchers on the Wall||The Children|
|Season five credits|
|The Wars to Come||The House of Black and White||High Sparrow||Sons of the Harpy||Kill the Boy|
|Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken||The Gift||Hardhome||The Dance of Dragons||Mother’s Mercy|
|Season six credits|
|The Red Woman||Home||Oathbreaker||Book of the Stranger||The Door|
|Blood of My Blood||The Broken Man||No One||Battle of the Bastards||The Winds of Winter|
- Cogman was in charge of writing HBO's Making Game of Thrones blog for Season 1. In Season 2 responsibility for it was handed over to Benioff and Weiss's assistant Cat Taylor.
- Cogman wrote the official guidebook for Seasons 1 and 2, Inside HBO's Game of Thrones (2012).
- The sigil next to Cogman's name in the opening credits is actually a vomiting maester - a joke by Benioff and Weiss, referencing how at the Season 1 wrap party, Cogman had too much to drink and had to throw up.
- Cogman made a cameo appearance in the Season 4 episode "The Lion and the Rose" as the Bald Dragonstone servant.
- Bryan Cogman on Wikipedia
- Bryan Cogman on IMDb
- Bryan Cogman on Twitter
- An interview with Bryan Cogman at Westeros.org