'Game of Thrones’ Director Wanted More Key Characters Dead
Miguel Sapochnik was one of the directors for GoT's final season.
Despite fans expressing shock/horror of *that* 'Game of Thrones' finale death, Miguel Sapochnik has revealed he thought more of the show's beloved characters should have died during the series' infamous battle.
“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.”
Eventually, Sapochnik conceded defeat to the showrunners, adding, "There comes a point when they dig in and you just don’t want to be there."
It wasn't the first time Sapochnik's ideas were met with resistance. During season five episodes 'The Gift' and 'Hardhome,' the director filmed some dramatised shots of Cersei, Tommen, and Maester Aemon, which the showrunners were not a fan of. As a result, Sapochnik was put on a tight leash for his next episode.
“I was visually policed for the first three months of my shoot, and it made the creation of ‘Hardhome’ really difficult because I pissed them off,” he said.
There are no hard feelings, however, with the director acknowledging that all artistic direction ultimately lies with Benioff and Weiss.
“I think a key thing is like it's not my show right? I didn’t come up with the show and make it,” the director said. “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.”