Robb and Talisa Stark, Game of Thrones season three, episode five

By now you’ve come to expect these videos from showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss where they discuss in detail a few of the key scenes from this week’s Game of Thrones. And while this week’s episode, “Kissed by Fire” may not have ended on as heart-pounding a final note as Dany and her dragons laying waste to Astapor, there was still plenty of intrigue and power struggling.

For more, make sure you read Nerd Bastards’ own review by Matthew Jackson!

In addition to the video, that excellent fansite Winter is Coming has collected interview snippets that apply to what we saw in “Kissed by Fire.” The one is from an interview with Bryan Cogman posted by HBO in where he discusses his favorite scenes,

HBO: Do you have a favorite moment or scene from this episode?

Bryan Cogman: Very hard to choose! I’ll pick two, if I may. I love the Jaime/Brienne bath house scene. It was one of my favorite moments in the books; classic George R.R. Martin.  He peels back the layers of a character who started the story as a villain and makes you see him as a vulnerable human being. It’s a very long monologue in the book that was a challenge to adapt, but great fun. It’s a major turning point for Jaime, to be this vulnerable and open and raw with someone other than Cersei. And I think it’s the first time he’s told ANYONE what really happened during the sack of King’s Landing-that includes Tyrion and Cersei. 

The other scenes I’m particularly proud of are the trio of Dragonstone scenes.  We didn’t have room for Selyse and Shireen Baratheon in Season 2, so I was excited to get to introduce them here… the dysfunctional family Stannis keeps hidden away and largely avoids. Stannis isn’t a POV character in the book, so these scenes were born largely from my own imagination (though based on clues and hints from the books) and I couldn’t have been happier with the performances and how director Alex Graves interpreted the scenes. I particularly love the Shireen/Davos scene as it’s one of the few scenes in our show that revolves around an act of kindness and generosity.

This episode was just full of important, critical moments for the entire saga of Game of Thrones, though you may not have picked up on them just yet. Come the end of the season, though, you’ll definitely notice all the clues that had been layed out all season, and some all series, long.

Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO at 9pm.

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