HBO has released the third installment of Game of Throne‘s “Inside the Episode”, in which the show’s executive producers discuss the major events from the week’s episode, offering exclusive information and insight into these significant plot events. This post and the accompanying video contain spoilers for last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, so if you haven’t seen it yet, avert your eyes!
This week, the first scene discussed was one of the episode’s best: the scene in which Tywin Lannister tests those now working beneath him by giving them an empty table and seeing where they all sit. D.B. Weiss, the show’s executive producer, says the dialogue-free scene sheds a lot of light on each character’s ambitions. We see Little Finger and Varys try to get the closest to Tywin, showing their eagerness to “suck up” to the Hand. Cersei, meanwhile, breaks the rules to move a chair to the opposite side of the table, allowing her to sit closest to her father. Tyrion, always pushing the limits with his father, makes the boldest move: moving his chair to the end of the table, and making a lot of noise – both literal and figurative – in the process.
The next scene the showrunners tackle is the scene in which Daenerys trades her largest dragon for the army of eight thousand slaves. It is clear that the writers admire the character’s fierce determination, even when it requires her to sacrifice something or someone she holds close. The apprehension of her followers to “allow” her to make this trade is highlighted here.
The final scene discussed is easily the episode’s most memorable: Jaime attempting to fool and manipulate his captors, who see through his arrogance.
“Jaime losing his hand was a classic George maneuver.”
The above quote from the show’s executive producer sums this move up well. Jaime is a character renowned, admired, and feared for his abilities with a sword. Everything he has accomplished to date have been because of this… and now, with the loss of his sword hand, he appears to have lost it all.
“It’s killing a person while leaving him alive and walking. It’s taking away the root of someone’s identity and ripping the ground out from under them, and stealing everything that defines them with one chop of a carving knife.”
The final scene was quite a shock to all – but the producers’ comments seem to indicate that we’ll see more to come from this major event.
For those of you who missed a look at next week’s Game of Thrones episode, “And Now His Watch Is Ended”, here’s the official sneak peek: