Battle of the Bastards‘ is one of the most memorable and satisfying episodes of Game of Thrones to-date, and some of it actually happened in real life. Yikes!
Director, Miguel Sapochnik, told San Diego Comic-Con attendees that the face-off between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton changed slightly from the original vision to what was finally filmed and delivered to fans.
He explained that during initial talks, they decided to base the epic battle on history, specifically ‘ The Battle of Agincourt’, during which the French and English fought on a field.
The French were victorious after encircling the English and using their “archers to mow people down”.
Sounds slightly familiar right?
However, according to Sapochnik, they were planning to have Ramsay’s team encircle Jon’s by using horses and having the animals crush Snow’s allies.
“Originally we were going to have a lot of horses, and they were going to charge and then actually surround the ally troops and crush them with the horses,” he said.
This idea didn’t work, not only due to a lack of budget but because “horses don’t like running at people”.
So that got scrapped and instead they decided to have “people run at people”.
For more ideas, the creative team turned their attention to the ‘Battle of Cannae’ (Hannibals vs Romans), during which “heavily armored knights” were unable to achieve anything on the battlefield because of the overflowing number of dead bodies.
“They went into battle and getting stuck between piles of dead bodies and becoming sitting ducks to then be picked off,” Sapochnik added.
“So that seemed like a good way to approach the battle, which is what we did.”
And we’re glad they did!
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