What’s author George R.R. Martin’s least favorite scene in Game of Thrones?
There are many reasons why Game of Thrones exists today. However, if you’ve been following George R.R. Martin’s writing journey, you know it was partially a story created out of frustration. Martin himself had been involved in Hollywood as a television writer, and in interviews, he expressed how difficult it was to adapt the scope of his writing. So, going back to the world of novels, he wanted to have whatever scope he damn well pleased.
This also allowed Martin to indulge in his love of history. With his book, he’d have countless characters, many of whom would accurately fill the roles one would have found in a medieval-inspired society. To him, that feeling of accuracy is key. So, it’s almost not the biggest surprise in the world that his least favorite scene in the Game of Thrones TV show has everything to do with the logistics of a medieval-inspired society.
“Where we really fell down in terms of the budget was my least favorite scene in the entire show, in all eight seasons: King Robert goes hunting.” Martin said. “Four guys walking on foot through the woods carrying spears and Robert is giving Renly s**t. 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.”
Martin then continued to describe what a more realistic hunting party would have been 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. But at that point, we couldn’t afford horses or dogs or pavilions.”
That’s right. Martin’s dislike of the scene has almost nothing to do with the writing and everything to do with the budget. Sadly, early on, there are tons of early tells of budgetary restrictions. In fact, if you listen to the commentary for the episode leading up to Ned’s death, the director will gladly point out tons of them.
As such, it’s no surprise that there was no money in the budget for pavilions, dogs, or hundreds of men. At the end of the day, it’s a scene that doesn’t serve as a centerpiece, so it really didn’t make sense to spend that money on it.
But still, none of that prevents it from being George R.R. Martin’s least favorite scene in Game of Thrones.
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