They think HBO went forward bc they had a lot of foreign pre-sales on the series.
He comments on the jousting scene with the Mountain and how when they killed Sir Hugh, that it was in the scene too long. He compares it to Ozark’s Jason Bateman’s toenail being ripped out.
*battle of winterfell took 10 straight weeks
They had same stunt teams, same people who did the blood scenes in S02 did the ones in S07. They get better and better as we did.
S1 we wanted to have a battle but we ran out of money. (The extra 100 minutes.) Thus the drinking game scene.
She is challenging the fact of how the Night King and the White Walkers and how it played out.
*They are very granular in details of shots, admitting losing sight of the big picture.
Dan: “We really did not.”
Dan doesn’t see the value of considering other people’s reactions.
Dave acknowledged that he googled the show and it upset him. Dan, no. @dndgoogling
No. We didn’t. The scope was too big. It was about the scenes we were trying to depict and the show was about power.
We just started writing. But as things went on we had to outline. Divvied up scripts. They didn’t work together in the same room. One took first half, the other the last half, then they would swap. They gave episodes to Bryan Cogman and David Hill.
They reference David Chase and the Sopranos and how he said this was all such a blur.
We loved our Game of Thrines family. But it was very hard. Our kids and wives became best friends and it felt like a big family.
Talk about choosing to kill Joffrey in E2 bc nothing ever happens.
Sansa and Arya killing LF. They mapped it out so you didn’t know what was going to happen.
Question about scouting locations. They are crediting the Location director in Belfast. Sorry, I didn’t catch name.
They didn’t have a writers room and there was one woman who wrote a few scenes. They decided up front it was going to be the two of them. David Hill is of Asian descent.
(Vanessa wrote the Shape of Water.)
The pitch was impossible to pitch the whole story.
“There was no good way to summarize the story. So we didn’t.”
And as far as the thread -
But this Vanity Fair article reiterates these comments.
Like this one from @the_strix.
Network/studio involvement and Notes
Comments to this align with those. A lot of folks were outraged with the writers room, or lack thereof.
PS I can attest it was not self-deprecating more like, the weather is really nice today.