In Game of Thrones there is no shortage of scenes that can be enjoyed. Unfortunately, there are also moments that are, to put it mildly, disappointing. The latter is touched upon in the book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon written by James Hibberg, which tells the story of the creation and phenomenon of this superproduction from HBO (we have already written about it here). The American journalist asked George R.R. Martin, the creator of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, which was the basis for the TV hit. The writer's answer may prove surprising to some.
Martin did not point to a commonly criticized ending or moments that dumbed down his characters, but a rather inconspicuous scene,King Robert Baratheon's hunt from season 1. To quote his words from the book (via Entertainment Weekly):
"Four guys walking on foot through the woods carrying spears and Robert is giving Renly s—. In the books, Robert goes off hunting, we get word he was gored by a boar, and they bring him back and he dies. So I never did [a hunting scene]. But I knew what a royal hunting party was like. There would have been a hundred guys. There would have been pavilions. There would have been huntsmen. There would have been dogs. There would have been horns blowing — that's how a king goes hunting! He wouldn't have just been walking through the woods with three of his friends holding spears hoping to meet a boar."
Unfortunately, there was one important thing that got in the way of the ideal vision of King Robert's hunt - money. As is well known, the first season of Game of Thrones did not have a large budget, so some compromises were necessary. Not only the hunt scene was affected, but also the sequence of the Battle of the Green Forks, which was described in detail in the book, but was not as spectacular in the series. Fortunately, after the series turned out to be a success, HBO made more funds available to the creators, thanks to which in subsequent seasons there was no shortage of spectacular scenes.
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Last update: 2020-10-16