- Miguel Sapochnik, who directed two of the last six episodes of Game of Thrones, just said he wanted more people to die in the Battle of Winterfell.
- The GoT creators wanted him to save certain deaths and plot points for later on.
If you’re still not happy with the way Game of Thrones ended, you’re definitely not alone. Miguel Sapochnik, one of the directors of the final season, has one major objection to the final season: He thought more people should have died.
He directed the Battle of Winterfell episode, and like some other people on the internet, he wanted more people to die in that battle, specifically, and earlier on.
“I wanted to kill everyone,” he said during a podcast interview with IndieWire. “I wanted to kill Jorah in the horse charge at the beginning. I was up for killing absolutely everyone. I wanted it to be ruthless, so that in the first 10 minutes, you say, ‘All bets are off; anyone could die.’ And David [Benioff] and Dan [D. B. Weiss] didn’t want to. There was a lot of back-and-forth on that.”
Some of the stuff that he wanted to happen in “The Long Night,” aka the Battle of Winterfell episode, did end up making it into the Battle of King’s Landing episode, “The Bells,” which Sapochnik also directed.
Basically, he wanted to make sure the Battle of Winterfell was interesting, even though not that many people died. Because it wasn’t his show, he had to give up a certain amount of control.
“I think a key thing is, like, it’s not my show, right? I didn’t come up with the show and make it. I am a hired director to go and do that. They have let me in and let me be involved, and I’ve really loved doing that. But final cut is not mine. Final cut is theirs; it’s their choice,” he said.
That’s all fine and good, but, like...you couldn’t have spared Theon?!
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