'Game of Thrones' Author George R R Martin Says Low Budget Resulted in His Least Favorite Scene

Junie Sihlangu
Oct 05, 2020
11:30 P.M.
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Die-hard “Game of Thrones” fans know the series was adapted from books by author George R.R. Martin. In a recent interview, the writer revealed the scene from the series that was his least favorite.

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“Game of Thrones” was adapted from George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novel series. Just like the show’s fans, Martin enjoyed some scenes more than others.

The author liked the elements that were used to stage the Red Wedding and Ned Stark’s death. However, there was one scene that he didn’t quite like.

George R. R. Martin at "Entertainment Weekly's" 6th Annual Comic-Con Celebration on July 14, 2012, in San Diego, California | Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

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BUDGET CAUSED BAD SCENE

Martin’s least favorite scene on the series occurred in season one of the HBO show. The scene came about when “Game of Thrones” struggled with its budget.

The production’s budget for 2011 was around $6 million per episode. As huge as the amount seems, it was still not big enough to be able to create Martin’s visions.

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MARTIN’S LEAST FAVORITE SCENE

The author explained: “Where we really fell down in terms of budget was my least favorite scene in the entire show.” Martin revealed that the scene was where King Robert Baratheon goes on a hunt.

In the scene, four men walk on foot in the woods while carrying spears. While Baratheon lashes out at Renly, but in the books, the scene is different.

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BOOK

Martin wrote that Baratheon does go hunting, and then word gets out that a boar stabs him with its horn. The king is brought back and, unfortunately, he dies.

The author explained that he’d never done a hunting scene but knew what “a royal hunting party was like.” The star felt that there would have been at least a hundred men on the hunt.

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WHAT GEORGE’S VISION WAS

Martin shared his vision stating that the hunt would’ve included pavilions. Baratheon would’ve had huntsmen and, of course, the party would’ve included dogs.

The author also revealed how the party would’ve had horns that were blown too. The star confessed that the hunting party would not have been three men and the king walking through the woods holding spears and hoping to come across a boar.

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SERIES COULDN’T AFFORD THINGS

Unfortunately, the series couldn’t afford horses, dogs, and pavilions because of the budget. As a former television writer, Martin has had his fair share of arguments over budget constraints so he’s all clued up about the industry.

Luckily, for later seasons, the series had a more generous budget although they did experience some financial constraints. For example, in season 2, the budget wasn’t as high for the Battle of the Blackwater.

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RIGG’S DEATH & MARTIN’S BOOK

“Game of Thrones” sadly lost one of its most powerful actresses this year. Diana Rigg, who played Lady Olenna Tyrell, died on September 10, 2020, at age 82.

The series fans have something to look forward to next year. Martin is currently self-isolating in a cabin in the mountains as he works to finish his fantasy novel "The Winds of Winter" for 2021.

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CHARLES SEES GOT THRONE

One unlikely person who got linked to “Game of Thrones” recently was Prince Charles. On Wednesday, the royal traveled to Belfast in Northern Ireland to carry out a series of royal engagements and to honor frontline workers amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

While visiting the Ulster Museum, he was shown a willow Iron Throne that was made for a party to celebrate the premiere of the final season of “Game of Thrones.” Filming of the show occurred in several locations around Northern Ireland.

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