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Storyboarding Benjen’s Big Return

The return of Benjen Stark was one of the dramatic reveals of last week’s “Blood of my Blood.” But not only was the unveiling of the character a dramatic moment, his rescue of Meera and Bran from the wights was a complex fight sequence that involved hardcore stunt work, including a horse and a flail on fire. Even though one could sense the stuntmen were having a *lot* of fun when it came to this sequence, it was still one that had to be plotted out carefully.

That, of course, is where storyboarding comes in. Once again, Making Game of Thrones provides, with a post containing the initial drawings created by Will Simpson.

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Note that the prop he’s using is referred to an an Iron Ball, and the idea is that it’s not initially on fire, but springs into flame. Does this feed into the theory that the weapon Benjen used is from the same family as the Children of the Forest’s magical golden grenades? (Also “Magical Golden Grenades” is the name of my next punk band.)

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Apparently the sequence we got, which included three separate wights biting it in various manners, from exploding into bits to catching completely on fire, was not originally planned out in the storyboards. I’m guessing that the stunt guys added that in as they choreographed it out (which might explain why that sequence felt like they were having so much fun.)

The other interesting thing is that the ending was apparently a little different then what we saw on screen.

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That bit where Benjen, Meera and Bran in tow, crashes through the wights and takes a few out in the process didn’t make it onto the screen. Surely that would have been more difficult to film


  • ANI: The iron ball weapon springing into flames WAS obvious. They actually took a moment to focus exactly on that point. No offense, but are you often doing other things while watching the show?

    • Were you doing something else while reading what Ani wrote, or are you not able to comprehend what she wrote? If you don’t like what Ani writes, then don’t read her articles. Perhaps you should even start your own blog about GoT. Let us know when you do so that we can all go there and criticize what you write.

  • Get A Life Already: A little unstable, are you? Or just sensitive? Keep your assumptions to yourself. What Ani wrote about the iron ball weapon was inaccurate. I mentioned it only because she has done that sort of thing in different articles, as well, and as I’m sure she already knows — it’s best to be as accurate as possible as she’s writing and represents this site viewed and relied on by many GoT fans. It’s that simple and nothing personal. I didn’t call her out on it to be crude – like you, nor was I rude about it. This site is meant to be a fun community to talk about the GoT show and books; it’s not a platform to be hurtful to people — hint, hint — and that is most definitely NOT what I was doing. There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism or pointing out an issue, as I did. You might want to “get a life already” and let Ani answer for herself. I imagine if she thought I was being a jerk (which I wasn’t), she would’ve said as much. And if she did think that, I apologize Ani, as that wasn’t my intension. Mind your business “Get A Life Already.”