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jon snow ramsay on horse battle of the bastardsGame of Thrones creators David Benioff & Dan Weiss and The Battle of the Bastards director Miguel Sapochnik recently spoke to EW and teased the upcoming battle sequence from this Sunday’s episode. Sapochnik says:

“Every battle on Thrones is unique. I think that’s why [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] keep doing them. In the case of ‘Battle of the Bastards’ – or ‘BOB’ as we affectionately called it in production – David and Dan wanted to do a thing of spectacle, a strategic pitchfield battle they hadn’t had the resources to do back in season 1 or 2. I was particularly interested in depicting both the horror of war and the role of luck in battle.”

Showrunners Benioff and Weiss are all praises for Sapochnik, who also did an incredible job in Season 5 episode Hardhome. Benioff says:

“Miguel did such a fantastic job with ‘Hardhome’ last season, we thought we should bring him back, this time with horses. Some of the shots he’s pulled off are some of the best on the show.”

Weiss adds:

“Miguel’s really outdone himself. Fully fleshed out medieval battles require a tremendous amount of resources and choreography to get them right. It feels like we’re doing something fresh that you don’t see on TV and movies very often.”

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