Poor ol’ Eddard Stark. In the deeply cynical world of Game of Thrones, there was no place for his kind of honor. Back when the show first started, the showrunners were smart to cast the wonderful Sean Bean as the head of House Stark, Lord of Winterfell. And yet, back then, many ignorant TV audiences expected him to survive his trip to the execution platform.
Of course, we all know now he didn’t make it very long in this show, but at the time, the filmmakers worked hard to really subvert audience expectations. In this new video from Vanity Fair, director of the episode that shows Ned Stark’s beheading. As Taylor says, they made a point not to sensationalize it, but to cover it like it was dialogue, which helps further accentuate its awfulness.
Hilariously enough, Taylor also spends a good amount of time laughing at how little money they had at the time. he points out the total lack of extras in the square. Additionally, he points out an odd camera move that was made to show off a structure, but they ended up losing the structure due to budget constraints in post-production, so the crane show pretty much shows off nothing.
There are a lot of other little cool details, but more than anything, it highlights how unsure HBO was of the series’ success, so they weren’t really able to spend a lot of money on it at the time.
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SOURCE: Vanity Fair