Over the last few weeks there has been an onslaught of Game of Thrones news, starting around the time the second trailer dropped during the surprise HBO Now announcement a few weeks ago. When you’re drinking from a fire hose like this, it’s hard to catch everything as it whizzes by your head, let alone think too deeply about the things people are saying about the show.
But one thing that came out during the big Entertainment Weekly deluge stuck with me. It’s something I haven’t been able to shake since I first read it: the news that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss nearly cut Dorne completely from Season 5.
This news was tucked away in the middle of a wide-ranging interview with Benioff and Weiss, plus producer Bryan Cogman, in which they talked about where all the characters we knew and loved stood on the cusp of Season 5. I pulled it out at the time because it seemed like a crazy idea: “How could you cut Dorne?”