Go behind the scenes of “Eastwatch” with HBO’s Inside the Episode videos


Each week, after Game of Thrones has aired, the actors and crew members go behind the scenes in a series of video interviews. Let’s sample the ones for “Eastwatch,” the latest episode, below.

First, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss hit Dany’s decision to burn Rickon and Randyll Tarly alive, Arya tailing Littlefinger, the plan to capture a wight, and the return of Gendry Waters.

The highlights:

  • Game of Perspectives: Dany doesn’t feel she’s insane like her father, because she gives her defeated foes a chance to bend the knee or die. The Mad King didn’t offer choices. Tyrion’s perspective is different.
  • Littlefinger is looking to prevent the “sister-bond” between Arya and Sansa from growing stronger, which is why he allowed Arya to find the note. He’s hoping Arya will act out of anger, thinking Sansa will turn to him when that happens.
  • Dan Weiss finally explains what happened to that wriggling hand from season 1: it crapped out. So this time around, we have a full-scale “wight hunt.”
  • Davos was inspired to find Gendry by his lingering affection for the lad.
  • Dan Weiss explains the “enmity ping pong” of Jon’s new super group.

Next, we have actors Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and Iain Glen discussing their big moments together. Harington explains why Jon removed his glove to pet Drogon, while Clarke mentions Jon Snow’s interaction with her favorite child as an “attractive quality.” Vavavoom!

Glen, thinks his reunion with Dany was “one of the more important scenes for Jorah this season.” Because yes, being reinstated as Lord Commander of the Friendzone is way more important than getting cured of an almost-always fatal disease.

Kit Harington explains what meeting Jorah was like for Jon. He’s heard all bad things about Jorah, but Dany trusts him. Clarke says the embrace Dany shares with Jorah is “one of the most tender moments you’ll see from Daenerys this season.” Notice she didn’t say the only tender moment, though.

Moving on, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage discuss Jaime and Tyrion’s reunion. Dinklage calls it a “really interesting, beautifully written scene.”

Coster-Waldau says that, deep down, Jaime still trusts Tyrion, and that the bond between the two is “so strong.”

Finally, as it does every week, HBO posted a scene from this week’s episode. This time, it’s the return of Gendry, complete with Davos winking through the fourth wall.

Did anyone notice how few f**ks Gendry gave when it came to walking off the job? That’s not very responsible of him.

Next: Watch the extended trailer for Episode 706 of Game of Thrones

We’re kidding, it was delightful.

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