The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘The Live Feed’ blog has a new post about an exclusive video pulled from the Game of Thrones Season One Blu-Ray special feature, “Anatomy of an Episode”. The video itself may look familiar, but the article provides some new quotes from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as director Dan Minahan. The scene in question is Daenerys making a meal out of a horse heart.
“It was crucial that people understood that this was a rite of passage for her, but we didn’t want to load down Viserys (Harry Lloyd) and Jorah (Iain Glen) with a lot of clunky exposition,” Benioff told The Hollywood Reporter. “The biggest challenge was finding the right balance of dialogue and context to make the meaning of the scene clear without spoon-feeding people.”
For the scene, in which Clarke wound up eating several pounds of a horse heart made of gummy bears that the actress notes in DVD commentary tasted of bleach, director Dan Minahan told the actress that it was a “make or break moment” for Daenerys, where she’d either be accepted or not by the Dothraki.
“There was no need to tell Emilia anything about how gruesome a task it was to choke down a horse heart,” Weiss notes. “Apparently, eating several pounds of gummy bear heart is almost as gruesome as the real thing.”
You can read more over at THR as well as watch the nearly 5 minute video (if you haven’t already) pulled straight from the Season One Blu-Ray’s “Anatomy of an Episode.”
Winter Is Coming: I still haven’t had a chance to check out my Blu-Ray, but I’m looking forward to seeing all the in-depth behind-the-scenes features such as this one.