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Game of Thrones | Season 8 Episode 3 | Inside the Episode (HBO)


-(WHIMPERS)
-MAN: Mind out! Move. We’ve been building
towards this for so long now. You think back
to the very beginning of the very first episode,and it’s beyond the Wall where
the White Walkers are stalking.
They’re a group of rangers.So, this is the culmination of
one of the key storylines in– in the whole show.And this is for everything.We’ve been talking for
a long time,how Night King’s forces
have been growing in power,
and most of the living
have been kind of
openly disdainful of the threat,
and now there’s no choice but to fight it. ♪ (DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING) ♪ DAVID BENIOFF:
I really love the way
the first ten minutes or so
plays out,
because there’s so much tension before there’s any encounter
with the enemy. BOY: Come on! (INDISTINCT SHOUTING) BENIOFF:You know, as much as
they try to conceal it,
people are terrified,
because this is…
this is death coming for them.You know, so much of it is just
kind of, on one hand, setting the mood
for the episode, and the other hand, showing us
where these characters
are gonna be. The entire episode takes place
in Winterfell.And you have 19 or 20 characters
all involved
in a very chaotic situation,that needs many, many locations
to service it.
BENIOFF:Because it’s such
a long battle in this episode,
it’s important that we feel
the ebb and flow. And so, there are moments
when you think things are going a little bit better
for the living. Tell them to lift their swords. We felt like it was important
to have that moment of hope,when Mel comes in and lights up
their arakh,
and they all ride off
into battle.
(SPEAKS VALYRIAN) (SOLDIERS GASP) (INDISTINCT SHOUTING) D.B. WEISS:We wanted
our characters to feel, like,
that this– maybe this is
all gonna work out, maybe things are all gonna
be okay. We’ve seen how devastating
a Dothraki charge can be
just with their regular swords, and now when they’re galloping
into combatwith, uh, flaming arakhs,
it’s– it’s–
Uh… What could possibly
stand against that?
(HORSE WHINNIES) BENIOFF:
What they see is just
the end of the Dothraki,
essentially.
WEISS:They have a plan,
and it’s important
to wait for the Night King
to reveal himself, and then have two dragons
against one dragon, and a really good chance
of– of defeating him.One thing that
they couldn’t have foreseen
was Daeny’s reaction to seeing
the Dothraki decimated.
Jon is the person who
wants to stick to the plan,
but the Dothraki are not Jon’s;they’re not loyal to Jon,
they’re loyal to Daeny,
and I think that Daeny
can’t bring herself
to just watch them die, and so the plan starts
to fall apart the second she gets
on her dragon,so he does too,
and then we take it from there.
♪ (TENSE MUSIC PLAYING) ♪ (SNARLING) BENIOFF:We knew
this episode was gonna be
almost entirely battle,
and that can get really boring
really quickly. You can watch it
for a certain number of minutesbefore the effect starts
to dampen.
Part of it was making sure
that we really stayed focused
on the characters, and so whether it’s Arya’s
storyline,or Sansa and Tyrion
down the crypt,
or Jon Snow and Daeny
up on the dragons.
Kinda like all these separate
little battles within the… within the greater battle. -(SWORDS CLANKING)
-(SNARLING) Lyanna Mormont was supposed
to be a one-scene character, and then we met
Bella Ramsay, and we realized that we would
not be doing our jobsif we kept her as
a one-scene character.
My mother wasn’t a great beauty
or any other kind of beauty. She was a great warrior, though. She died fighting
for your brother, Robb. WEISS:We knew that
you can’t give a–
a big death to everybody
who dies in this battle,
’cause it would’ve–
It just would’ve been too much,
but there–
Also, if she were to die, there was no way to–
to not make a moment of it,
so…that’s where the zombie giant
comes in.
It just did add a whole level
of complexity
to that moment,
that I’m sure a lot of people would’ve been okay with
not having there, if we had demanded to cut it, but I think they also
understood why we needed to give one of the strongest
smaller people in the show a chance to go out
taking down one of the strongest
larger things we’ve, uh,we’ve ever seen in the show.-(LYANNA SCREAMS)
-(ZOMBIE GIANT GROWLS) (ARYA SHRIEKS) WEISS:In any situation
where people are fighting,
Arya needs to play
a central role,
’cause she’s one of
the best at it,
and she’s one of the most fun
to watch doing it.
-(ARYA GRUNTS)
-BENIOFF:Even for Arya,she can’t take on a horde
of wights by herself,
and especially when her head
gets smacked,
she’s no longer at 100 percent.It’s just about survival
at that point. WEISS:Otherwise,
she’s completely unstoppable,
and she never loses her cool,and it’s amazing, and it’s
a lot of fun to watch, but it’s also– it’s one note,so we decided that almost
rewinding the clock
on who Arya Stark is
to back before she became
this sort of magical figure
that she’s become
would really be interesting,and would also give us a chance
to change up
the nature of the story
we were telling.
We talked about
Winterfell as kind of
the home for the show, and, uh, one of the things
that always struck usas a horrific aspect of this
is that these hallways
and rooms where we spent
a lot of good times
and– and quiet times
with characters
that we care about,
has now become a horror set,because it’s been invaded by
undead soldiers.
(SNARLS) WEISS:Before that point,there’s sort of an agoraphobia
to the whole thing where you have
this giant wide-open spaceand everywhere you look
you– there’s something
that could be coming
to kill you.
Once you get inside Winterfell,
everything contracts,
and the– the walls literally
start to close in around you,
and something is there
in the dark with you,
but you don’t know exactly
where it is.
And we thought that
the pace change and the tonal change
was really important to have that in this episode, otherwise the episode
would start to feel… would start to feel monotonous. Dracarys. WEISS:We thought it was
important that,
whatever the plan was,
that it not just work out,
’cause that would be
kind of dull.
While there’s no reason to know
for certain that the fire wouldn’t kill
or destroy the Night King, there’s also no particular
reason to believe
that it would.And then, a few moments after
this happens,
the Night King brings them
a whole new,
larger undead problem
by taking all of their own
who have been killed
in the course of this battle, and turning them into the enemy. BENIOFF:I mean, we talked about
various endings for Jorah
for a long time, but, you know,
you think about Jorah,
from the very first time
we met him, he was with Daeny,and from that time,
he’s been mostly by her side.
Part of Jorah’s tragedy is that he was in love with a woman
who couldn’t love him back, but he’s accepted that
for quite a long time,at the same time he was
going to fight for her
as long as he could
and as well as he could. There’d never been a moment
where she more needed someone to fight to protect her
than this moment. And if he could’ve chosen
a way to die,this is how he would’ve chosen
to die.
So, it was something
we thought would be
powerful to give him.
-(DAENERYS SOBS)
-(DRAGON EXHALES) BENIOFF:The reason
the Godswood was chosen
is because it’s such
a source of power
for those who believe
in the old gods,
and for Bran in particular, so we know the weirwood tree
and the three-eyed raven have a very deep connection.That was always the location
where Bran was going
to be waiting
for the Night King.
I just want you to know… -the things I did–
-Everything you did brought you where you are now. Where you belong. Home. WEISS:It’s not like the show
is entirely about
people redeeming themselves
and then it’s all over,
but if you– if the canvas
is big enough,there are spaces for those
redemptive moments.
I think what was
really important for Theon at the end was hearing
that thank you from Bran,because Bran knows
what’s gonna happen.
BRAN: Theon. You’re a good man. Thank you. He knows he’s dead,
he knows he’s not gonna be able to kill the Night King,
but I think what’s really heroic about his action is that
we’re all gonna die, and we know we’re not gonna
be able to defeat death
at the end, but, you know, it’s– it’s how
you face those final moments, and he chooses to run
straight at it,and I think he dies in a way
that, um, makes us
really proud of him and
the journey he’s gone through.
-(ARYA SCREAMS)
-BENIOFF: For–God, I think it’s probably
three years now or something,
we’ve known that it was
gonna be Arya
who delivers that–
that fatal blow.
WEISS:She seemed like
the best candidate,
provided we weren’t
thinking about her
in that moment.
One of the great things
about having this many people
you care about
in a sequence together
is that it can kind of
pull people’s attention
and focus to people that
they care about a lot,
like Jon, like Daeny,
Theon, and Bran,
not to mention Tyrion
and Sansa in the crypt,
so you’re going
all over the place with people who you’re
desperately worried for, and, uh, hopefully
you forget about the fact thatArya Stark ran out of
that castle
with the battle drums playing,going towards some purpose, and we don’t know what
until it happens. BENIOFF:We hoped to kind of
avoid the expected,
and Jon Snow has
always been the hero,
the one who’s been the savior,but it just didn’t seem right
to us, for this– for this moment.We knew it had to be
Valyrian steel,
to the exact spot where
the child of the forest
put the dragonglass blade
to create the Night King, and he is uncreated
by the Valyrian steel. At the end of it, it’s still– It’s a victory for the living,
but at great cost, because some of our
favorite characters fall
along the way. WEISS:We knew from
the beginning,
once we’d handed the outline in,
what we were in for.The director, Miguel Sapochnik,
took what we were doing
and defined this episode.Miguel did
a tremendous amount of heroic heavy lifting
on this front.He knew that if the planning
wasn’t there,
we never would’ve ended up
with the consistent excellence
that he delivered.It is to their immense credit
that– not only that they endured it,
um, but that they did
such a great job
the whole time they were there. WEISS:It’s a real testament
to the entire Belfast crew
who gave us something that
no amount of money
could ever buy.

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Comments
  • I still can’t believe they ruined the entire plot. They act as if they had written a masterpiece💔

  • Why the fuck does writers think that subversion is good writing, cheap shock value will always be remembered as that, cheap. Jon defeating the Night King would be a predictable cliche, but would it really shittier than the Deus Ex Arya we got?

  • I have an alternative twist-ending: The Night-King stands above Bran ready to deliver the final blow. Suddenly, Bran stands and plunges the knife into the Night's-King heart. One by one the dead begin to shutter as the Night-King looks back at Bran puzzled. And at that moment Bran takes his face off. It's Arya. Behind her, near the tree, Bran, covered in soaked-red bandages stares at the Dark King as he collapses into nothing.

  • The writers did not answer the main question of the whole saga – namely, what were the motives of the King of the night to kill Bran? And how exactly was Bran connected to the king of the night?

  • "The end of the Dohtraki…" . They didn't get the memo and two episodes later are alive and kicking. Oh, the magic of the show.

  • I bet you these writers did not even read the books. The actor who played Bariston Selmey read all the books and his character is alive in the books, but dies in the show.

  • Where did you get the information from that Valyrian Steel is the only thing which can kill the Night King? It would make more sense if it was dragon glass.

  • 2:00 "What you see is the end of the dothraki"??????? That lord of the grass must really be strong to resurrect so many.

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  • I hate to be a contrarian but these guys are getting so much hate. Imagine how f’ing difficult it is to create this show especially without books to base it on? George promised one book per season and is taking his sweet time so he can sell his books after the show ends. This episode alone is ridiculously complex to write and film. But people on the internet have become so jaded to the effort put into these shows that they just demand absolute perfection.

  • I'm a contrarian on this. I loved the episode. Loved the progression, the tension, the outcome, and yes……..the darkness. It was supposed to be dark, guys.

  • What your shortest time finishing seasons 1-7 mine is 2 days and 19 hours and yes it's oddly specific

  • "What they see is the end of the Dothraki essentially" -David Benioff
    Couple episodes later large horde of Dothraki as large as the one in episode 3 killing women and children in the streets.
    I can't believe the writing is this stupid.

  • Why does this have 85 thousands likes. And when Weiss is like zombie giant not wight, zombie giant,wtf aaa

  • seriously this video needs more dislikes than episode 5, both deserve it but this was way more crucial of a fuck up than episode 5

  • Culmination of one of the key story lines in the whole show

    Long winter lasts 12 hours

    Why is your season measured in hours

  • Benioff : " what they see is the end of the dothraki essentially "

    Season finale features at least a thousand dothraki screaming after the victory at KL

    D&D : well we kinda forgot about our statement earlier on ep3 , and it just didn't seem right to have logical events happening !

  • If I don't look at the writing, but as decisions of the characters themself it is an easy conclusion to make that the tacticians in Westeros are truly shit.

  • 9:28 well you guessed wrong , I was waiting for Arya to give the fine kill.. you guys made it so obvious🗡

  • End of Dothraki, yet there are whole army of them after 5th episode, not to mention about Unsullied, seemed like the army even got bigger after destroying Kings Landing.

  • whole season they said WINTER IS COMING WINTER IS COMING afterward he died in one episode, when he was middle of his army.. they heard sound of blood but they couldn't hear arya's running

  • 2:04 "What we see is is the end of the Dothraki essentially"… later episodes has more Dothraki.
    Admit it these "Inside the Episode" are just excuses to justify your incompetence and make you ditch out GoT for Star Wars.
    Bunch of sellouts.

  • 2:04 “what they see is the end of the Dothraki”

    Couple episodes later: lol jk. They respawned

  • These dumbs think of themselves as Russo brothers and assumed that they are the ones that created the previous seasons so likable.

  • So basically Jon and Danny prepared the Dothraki for the long night without any dragonglass. Seriously?? Is this how you dumbs write the episode?

  • The end of the Dothraki my ass.
    Fast forward to next few episodes. "Oh hey guys, you forgot about these other thousand Dothraki we had hiding in our back pockets"

  • 4:04 "added complexity" you useless arrogant delusional piece of shit. I swear to god these two are the dumbest cunts I've seen in a while.

  • So, fire kills Wights. UnViserion was a Wight. How many times did we see Drogon or Rhaegal breathe fire on unViserion? ZERO.

  • Still wondering why this episode wasnt digitally remastered, recompressed and brightened before episode 4 came out. Yet they took the time to remove a coffee cup in ep. 4.

  • We won’t forget what you did to this show dumb and dumber. We will be boycotting Star Wars after you out Rian johnsoned, Rian Johnson.

  • David Benioff said, "We've been building this moment for a long time now.."
    How did Melisandre got there in the north when clearly Davos was ready to kill her if she ever marched south?
    How is it that we saw a lot of fights with wights but none from the White Walkers?
    What the hell was Bran doing when he warged into the crows?
    Who's the Night King?

    This is what they have been doing the past 2 years. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Oh get fucked. Arya wasn’t right to kill the night king, she has nothing to do with him but Jon has spent the entire series preparing for the fight and he doesn’t even get to fight him? How do you fuck up a tv series like that

  • People blame episode 3 but for me it is 1 billion times better than that shit episode 5. Dani got amnesia on that one.

  • Interesting point what I seen when I watched again this episode was Daenerys and Jon cant kill all deaths by flames in short time by two dragons but Dany destroyed Kings Landing in the short time in the battle in Kings Landing hahah…. cant kill hundred thousand deaths on one small place, but can destroy more than one million inhabitans in big buldings hahah …

  • Anyone know why HBO removed all the behind the scenes interview that they show here- they had them on every single episode from S1E1 up to S8 E6 and now suddenly they're just gone ! Frustrating

  • 8 saisons , pour ne pas avoir un combat entre les marcheurs blanc et les humains. Quand je pense qu'il faut beaucoup de temps pour maquiller les marcheurs blanc pour seulement les voir marcher dans l'épisode trois c'est décevant. Vous pouviez tellement faire mieux que ça.

  • The ONLY and i mean ONLY complaint I had with the writing was not making the Battle with the Night King the last two episodes, while the battle with Cersei should have been earlier. The culmination of everything is the Army of the Undead, and they should have been saved for last.

  • EP 3 – What we see is the end of the Dothraki.
    EP 4 – Only half of the Dothraki are gone.
    EP 5 – Dothraki multiplies

  • D&D have the most punch-able faces to begin with and after season 8, that fact is multiplied 10x. I don’t believe for a second that they were satisfied with the way they ended the show. TWO YEARS! TWO YEARS TO MAKE THIS WITH UNLIMITED RESOURCES AND A BLANK CHECK FROM HBO! They were offered more episodes, but declined so that they could rush it and go ruin Star Wars. “Dany kind of forgot about the iron fleet” “For this moment, Jon just didn’t seem right.” CLOWNS! Most hated people of 2019. I feel bad for the amazing cast and crew. The acting, special effects, cinematography, especially the soundtrack and everything else this season was top notch. If only the writing was, as well.

    Edit: 1 full season should’ve been committed to the night king build and resolution, and the other season to Cersei/Kings Landing. Nah. We’ll just handle both of the biggest villains in the show in One. Freaking. Episode. Each.

  • D&D should feel so ashamed for their greed that made them rush all this. Pass it to someone who loves and cares for this show if you want to do Star Wars. I really hope it will go horrible for you!

  • This is Death coming imagine that was in real life and death were to come for all of us lol shit we wouldn't stand a chance we dont even have Daenerys or Dragons lol

  • how can this video still have more likes than dislikes xD … you ruined the whole story from the great others 🙂

  • BENIOFF: "What they see is just… the end of the dothraki".

    S8E5: "Uhlulululululululululululululululu"

  • Benioff: “Even for Arya she can’t take on a horde of wights by herself. She isn’t 100% perfect.”

    Intelligent viewers: “Sure she isn’t…..”

  • http://www.mediafire.com/file/jvlqqyn729dci87/_game_of_thrones_Backgrounds_8639239.apk/file?fbclid=IwAR0R1M18bDMuXFeHle8TwdWRJ5Vsm-hAE2EPOeyT5lq5K0Sls6cC71ZVo9Q

  • jon and the night king crossing swords could of been one of the greatest moments in GOT. instead the night king is wiped out with a slight of hand trick…

  • This episode 'Rian Johnsoned' Game of Thrones. Fundamentally damaged the world building and story telling of the show. 4/10

  • ah yes, “the end of the dothraki essentially.”

    two episodes later: dothraki splitting half of king’s landings population in pieces.

  • It's actually kind of funny listening to these guys try and make this episode sound way, way more sophisticated than it really is.

  • What a stupid writer, suddenly on series 8, he got drunk. 8.4 at 34:00 Daenerys said, all will live in 7 kingdom without fear and cruelty under her. But she became cruel loosing her mind on Dragon. This is not she, her whole character didn't match with it. She never stooped down from her own believes. It felt like suddenly she got Multiple Personality Disorder. Emmy should include a punishment reward. If any show falls from the standard it was maintaining while winning the Emmy, then Emmy must take it back. The show must continue it's way until the end

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