Every once in a while, HBO will post a special feature off one of the Game of Thrones Blu-ray sets, making it available for those people who forewent the home video releases in an act of rebellion against what they saw as an outmoded form of media consumption that had no place in today’s era of over-the-top streaming content. Or maybe they just didn’t get around to buying the sets.
ANYWAY, the newest feature posted on HBO’s Game of Thrones YouTube page is a behind-the-scenes look at the scene from “The Children” where Bran, Meera, Hodor, and Jojen fight a bunch of skeletal, Ray Harryhausen-esque wights. The producers didn’t want the skeleton wights to look like they were people in makeup, which suggested that they would have to render the creatures entirely with digital effects. However, they also wanted the actors to have someone to interact with while filming the fight scene. In the end, the show ended up going with a hybrid of live-action and CGI, which made for a visually memorable encounter.
Check out the video below.