Category: Game Of Thrones

‘Game of Thrones’ Director Charts Jon Snow’s Journey Through “Battle of the Bastards”

    [Warning: This story contains spoilers for episode nine of Game of Thrones’ sixth season, “Battle of the Bastards.”]

Miguel Sapochnik tells THR all about Kit Harington confronting his “worst fear” and slipping into a “fog of war.”

Fully unpacking “Battle of the Bastards,” the ninth episode of Game of Thrones’ off-book sixth season, requires weeks and weeks of examination. The bountiful beats within the battle, from the opening act of Rickon Stark’s death on the field to Ramsay Bolton’s defeat inside Winterfell, are almost too many to count.

But if there’s one component worth examining in greater detail, it’s Kit Harington’s work as Jon Snow, the leader of the battle. The actor, whose involvement in season six was kept under wraps until Snow’s official resurrection (even if it was widely expected by the fan base), stands front and center throughout “Battle of the Bastards,” trying and failing to save Rickon, subsequently charging into battle on his own, and nearly facing down the entire House Bolton calvary with nothing but his Valyrian sword as backup… until his own calvary arrives, two armies of horse-riding warriors smashing into one another.

From there, Snow fights through the field in what just might be the spectacular episode’s most spectacular scene: an uninterrupted minute-long shot, reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan, featuring Harington hacking and slashing enemies, dodging downpours of arrows and sword-swinging soldiers, and witnessing firsthand a level of spirit-breaking human carnage.

Miguel Sapochnik, who directed “Battle of the Bastards” as well as season five’s celebrated “Hardhome,” says of the sequence, “There weren’t specific conversations about the details of the shot, rather once we had decided that this was what we were going to do, I would check in with [showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff] every now and then to make sure they were liking what we were thinking and then Kit and I would work through the choreography with [stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam] and add spaces for performance so that it had a more an emotional journey to it.”

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Liam Cunningham says ‘There Is No God’ If Kit Harington Isn’t Nominated

Liam Cunningham wants Jon Snow to win all the awards.

That’s just how he R’hllors.

Before the biggest “Game of Thrones” episode, “Battle of the Bastards,” even aired, Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) was singing the praises of his Lord Commander, Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Cunningham told The Hollywood Reporter that Harington should be nominated for some awards for his work in the episode. Now, he’s doubling down.

“I repeat my thoughts,” Cunningham told The Huffington Post. “I think – Kit – you can see it, man. You can see the amount of work that was put in by Kit. I remember Neil Marshall [director of ‘The Watchers on the Wall‘] telling me one of the things he loved about Kit was how he moves. He moves like a dancer, and his fighting is just fantastic to watch. He’s incredibly accomplished with a sword; he’s a decent man.”

“It kills me to say this. I hate complimenting other actors, but he’s an absolute joy. A joy to work with,” he added. “He’s very subtle in his acting, I really like it. And the physical acting that he does is absolutely remarkable. If he doesn’t, at the very least, get nominated for his work throughout the whole season, there is no God.”

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It’s Going To Be Jaw-Dropping: Liam Cunningham Praises Kit Harington’s Performance In ‘Battle Of The Bastards’

If you needed anymore reason to get stoked for this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, Episode 9, “Battle Of The Bastards,” Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos on the show, just raved about Kit Harington’s performance to the Hollywood Reporter, and thinks it’ll earn the younger actor plenty of hype during award season:

I would be very, very surprised if Mr. Harington isn’t taking up a statue at the end of this. The amount of stuff I saw Kit doing out there… his fight work. His stunt work. He’s like a dancer when he moves. I think he’s blossomed from a young man into this fantastic character that he’s playing in this. I said it to him at the time, that his work is beautifully subtle on this. I’ve watched him from viewing him, and also working with him on this season, just blossoming as an actor. And that’s one of the things an older actor can admire about quite a few of the younger actors on this show. But to watch him blossom like that, especially in this episode? It’s going to be jaw-dropping.”

In addition to singing Harington’s praises, Cunningham gave a little insight on what we can expect to see in the epic battle as a whole. As the only character to have appeared in both Season 2’s Battle of Blackwater and now Bastard Bowl, there’s hardly anyone more qualified to comment. Remember how incredible that scene was? Now, here’s what Cunningham said about Battle of the Bastards:

“HBO threw everything including the kitchen sink at [this episode]. It’s one of the most expensive episodes of television ever made. We spent roughly a month just doing this particular battle. It’s absolutely extraordinary, to be honest with you. The extras that we had were sensational. They’re probably the best gang we’ve had. We had hundreds of them. We had a huge amount of horses. Miguel had the luxury of spending a huge amount of time on this. What I’m saying is, having seen “Blackwater,” but not having seen “Battle of the Bastards” yet, I’m waiting with bated breath to see what they did with it.”

So are we, Liam! And just in case you were afraid that we might not get to witness all of the action unfold (like in Episode 8, when we got cheated out of seeing the Blackfish’s final sword fight), Cunningham assures us there will be plenty of on-screen slaughtering, and lots of impressive stunt work:

“We had some extraordinary horsemen from Europe to do some of these stunts. Without giving anything away, there were some stunts done on this that I specifically did not want to see being shot, because I wanted to see the finished product unspoiled. I know a couple of things that they were up to, and what I was being told about was jaw-dropping stuff. The horse work, which you can see a tiny amount of in the [preview], I think it’s going to be extraordinary on this. It’s a very, very, very large portion of the episode. You’ll have to remember, there was a lot of quiet expectation [with “Blackwater”] because of the whole wildfire thing, and there was a feel of something bad about to happen, even when the battle happened off camera. There’s a huge amount happening on camera in this one.”

Source: Movie Pilot / Liam’s Interview: The Hollywood Reporter

June 16, 2016 | ITV’s ‘This Morning’ Show

Kit was a guest at ITV‘s This Morning, presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (the show was prerecorded couple days ago and aired today). He revealed all about his extremely strange superstitions he does before taking to the stage and also teased the latest episode of Game of Thrones where fans will witness the “biggest” battle they cast have ever filmed. You can watch a few clips from the interview bellow and don’t forget to visit our gallery where I also added new pictures from it:

Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards tease shows Jon Snow fury

Director: I wanted to depict ‘both the horror of war and the role of luck’

The biggest battle in the history of Westeros – that we’ve ever witnessed, at least – is happening this Sunday on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and EW has some preview details on the eagerly awaited Battle of the Bastards. Above is an exclusive photo of Jon Snow on the battlefield, Longclaw in hand, and it looks like he’s channeling some serious war-rage as he prepares to take on the forces of fellow bastard Ramsay Bolton.

The hour (literally an hour; the episode is 60 minutes long) is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who last season helmed the stunning “Hardhome.”

“Every battle on Thrones is unique,” Sapochnik tells us. “I think that’s why [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] keep doing them. In the case of ‘Battle of the Bastards’ – or ‘BOB’ as we affectionately called it in production – David and Dan wanted to do a thing of spectacle, a strategic pitchfield battle they hadn’t had the resources to do back in season 1 or 2. I was particularly interested in depicting both the horror of war and the roll of luck in battle.”

The result required 25 days of filming, with 500 extras, 600 crew members and 70 horses – horses, by the way, are “not easy at all” to coordinate in a battle sequence, notes Benioff, which is why they’re rarely used except in big budget war films.

“Miguel did such a fantastic job with ‘Hardhome’ last season, we thought we should bring him back, this time with horses,” Benioff says. “Some of the shots he’s pulled off are some of the best on the show.”

Adds Weiss: “Miguel’s really outdone himself. Fully fleshed out medieval battles require a tremendous amount of resources and choreography to get them right. It feels like we’re doing something fresh that you don’t see on TV and movies very often.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly