One of the key names involved in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is that of Miguel Sapochnik.
Coming on in the fifth season, the filmmaker has helmed five episodes of the show’s final four seasons, with all but one containing some of the biggest battles of the series including the episodes “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” “The Long Night” & “The Bells”.
In a new and refreshingly candid interview with Indiewire however, Sapochnik discussed his involvement in the show and revealed he was put on a rather short leash by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and that led to some butting heads and compromises: “I was visually policed for the first three months of my shoot, and it made the creation of ‘Hardhome’ really difficult because I pissed them off.”
The death of Castle Black’s eldest resident Aemon Targaryen in season five was initially going to have an elaborate edit from his death bed to his funeral pyre, but Benioff and Weiss nixed Sapochnik idea for as they said it was: “so self-conscious and we hate it basically.”
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR FINAL SEASON OF ‘THRONES’
Elsewhere actress Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister in the show, has spoken about her character’s fate in the final season and tells The Guardian she ‘wanted a better death’ than the way that she received.
She says: “I will say I wanted a better death. Obviously, you dream of your death. You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb.”
She adds to Vulture that she warmed up to it after discussing it with her co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and the show’s writers, saying: “The more we talked about it, the more it seemed like the perfect end for her. They came into the world together and now they leave together. It’s maybe the first time that Cersei has been at peace.”