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Anatomy of a Scene & Inside the Episode: Valar Dohaeris

In “Inside the Episode- Valar Dohaeris,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss give insight into Jon’s meeting with the wildlings, Cersei’s precarious position, and Daenerys’s surviving another assassination attempt.


This week’s “Anatomy Of A Scene” examines Daenerys’s first encounter with the Unsullied warriors of Astapor, and their extreme training practices.

Ours is the Fury: The weekly videos are a nice bonus on top of each episode. It’s interesting to get the producers and writers’ views on episodes, rather than having only speculation to rely on when it comes to analysis.

39 Comments

  • These anatomies and insides just blow the immersion for me personally. I prefer to skip them.

  • Hmm, so apparently Viserys and Daenerys were constantly moving from city to city because Robert constantly sent assassins after her. Thanks for clearing that up D&D.

  • Ah, gotta love that shot of the unsullied out of costume.

    One nitpick I have for HBO. Make your subtitles a different color from the ground. I was having a hard time reading them last night.

  • Kraznys and Missandei were great. Loved that scene. Hopefully Dany will be having a sweet ‘I luv you Drago, but this feels great’ scene with her.

  • Really liked Anatomy of a Scene. I forgot that they did these every week.

    Erm, or did they not do this last year? I know there is always an Inside the Episode, but is there an Anatomy of a Scene every week?

    If there is, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten, since I consider myself a fan who always seeks out these added content things.

  • Astapor looks really good. So did the Unsullied. And Barristan Selmy’s reveal was amazingly well done. Dany’s scenes where incredibly well done in this episode, hope it keeps up.

  • Hollyoak,

    Last year I recall they did videos for “The Burning of the Seven” and “The Small Council” for Episode 2.01 and “Theon’s Baptism” for Episode 2.03 , but I can’t remember the Season 1 videos.

    If you missed them you can watch them on my YT channel. Just scroll back to the beginning of Season 2.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Watchout4HopOns

  • I’m in!

    KingJon:
    Kraznys and Missandei were great. Loved that scene. Hopefully Dany will be having a sweet ‘I luv you Drago, but this feels great’ scene with her.

  • Wasnt the second episode from season 2 leaked online a week early last year (i think it aired somewhere else early). I seriously cant wait a whole week for the next episode (i need to see Arya, Jaime and Brienne) :)

  • Watching this again – and the episode again – it’s telling they handled some of the knottier issues pretty well. A lot of us were worried about Ciaran Hinds because he has a bit of a regal manner about him, but he plays Mance’s introduction so well, talking to Jon with this air of bemusement on his face, a bit of an unimpressed smirk. He could have made himself seem stately, and he didn’t.

    Once again, as well, the minor casting works very well. Kraznys mo Nakloz is a major fucking dickwad, and, well, Dan Hildebrand makes him come across as, um, a major fucking dickhead.

    Same with Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Saan, who I know we saw last year, but it was great to get a few extended minutes with the guy. Great face, so lived-in, and you can totally see how he and Davos have been friends and been through all kinds of stuff over the last couple of decades.

  • NickTargaryen,

    They usually air first on HBO, sometimes they are actually available with HBO OnDemand before going online. I record the stream with my HTPC (home teatre PC) and then upload them. Earlier in the year HBO had them on their YT before they even aired on the HBO cable channel so I did not get any of those first….

  • Still can’t work out if Dany can understand what Kraznys is saying and pretending not to as in the book, ? I hope so!

  • I’d heard that they got their resident conlanger to create another language for this season. It sounded pretty good. And I noticed they slipped in the word Mhysa.

  • Just saw Emelia on Jimmy Fallon, didnt seem like she was on for very long and the clip they showed was from the premier. Disappointing.

  • Darquemode:
    NickTargaryen,

    They usually air first on HBO, sometimes they are actually available with HBO OnDemandbefore going online. I record the stream with my HTPC (home teatre PC) and then upload them.Earlier in the year HBO had them on their YT before they even aired on the HBO cable channel soI did not get any of those first….

    Plus… you’re a thoughtful person. Thanks are in order , ser Darquemode.

  • Is it just me who doesn’t really hear Latin or Spanish in Valyrian? (Someone even said it was like French which just boggles my mind, how is it even remotely similar to French?) To me it sounds rather Slavic, like a mix of Croatian and Czech.

  • Greatjon of Slumber:
    Watching this again – and the episode again – it’s telling they handled some of the knottier issues pretty well. A lot of us were worried about Ciaran Hinds because he has a bit of a regal manner about him, but he plays Mance’s introduction so well, talking to Jon with this air of bemusement on his face, a bit of an unimpressed smirk. He could have made himself seem stately, and he didn’t.

    Once again, as well, the minor casting works very well. Kraznys mo Nakloz is a major fucking dickwad, and, well, Dan Hildebrand makes him come across as, um, a major fucking dickhead.

    Same with Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Saan, who I know we saw last year, but it was great to get a few extended minutes with the guy. Great face, so lived-in, and you can totally see how he and Davos have been friends and been through all kinds of stuff over the last couple of decades.

    I agree. It was great to see Lucian Masmati get a little more screen time. He is a very good actor. Dan Hildebrand was great too. Such arrogance and self-importance in his Kraznys.

  • Hellfell,

    Strangely enough, they enhance it for me. Seeing all the effort put into certain details of the show makes it all the more convincing. I find myself appreciating the show more when I see how much consideration is poured into production. Otherwise, having read the books, I’m tempted to write the show off a little as ASOIAF Lite instead of its own distinct entity.

  • Hollyoak,

    For sure. And just a guess, but if the Melisandre plot ends up bringing Gendry to Dragonstone, we could see it then evolve into the Edric Storm plot, where Davos spirits him away, so I’m hoping we get to see Msamanti again. And you’re dead-on about the self-importance of Kraznys.

  • I wish that these “Inside the Epsiode” clips would have more insight into behind-the-scenes aspects of the production because I feel this is really more of a summarized recap. D&D aren’t really giving us any new information that we haven’t already gotten ourselves from watching the episode.

  • Lucian Msamati has been underused on GoT. It was great to see him back in the premiere. I was afraid they’d have someone else rescuing Davos.

    The Winter Rose,

    I don’t really agree with that. They aren’t simply recapping, they’re offering opinions, their thoughts on character motivations. It’s not hard fact. I don’t always agree with what they say in these videos, but it’s good to get inside their heads a bit.

  • Ours is the Fury,

    Eh, I don’t know, that’s just how it feels to me. I don’t feel like they are really offering anything new, but I am glad you enjoy them :) I guess I get more out of the “Anatomy of a Scene” clips. But then again, I really enjoy that sort of stuff more.

  • NickTargaryen

    Totally agree on Sallador Saan. He was a charscter I foubd incredibly boring in the books but I love the shows interpretation. I was really disappointed we only had one scene with him last season and was excited to see him again. Unfortunately I doubt we will see him ever again :/

  • barak,

    I don’t know your nationality, but I am and it definitely didn’t like Czech language – at least to mr. But I do agree with you – it didn’t sound like Latin or Spanish or so to me too…

  • barak:
    Is it just me who doesn’t really hear Latin or Spanish in Valyrian? (Someone even said it was like French which just boggles my mind, how is it even remotely similar to French?) To me it sounds rather Slavic, like a mix of Croatian and Czech.

    If I’m not mistaken, the producers are basing this on the book where the slavers speak a “bastardized” Valyrian which takes High Valyrian and blends in a lot of guttural Ghiscari and other local languages which is why it sounds so harsh. I think pure High Valyrian would sound much like Latin or Ancient Greek or something.

  • MATTHEW,

    I got that same impression as well. The (High) Valyrian we heard (in a leaked video) sounded differently, less harsh, none of those guttural sounds (which makes it closer to Dothraki, superficially).

  • I’m sure over at tumblr some people are getting hot and bothered about Jorah and his umbrella… I’m gonna check on that now.