Inside the Episode

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.


If you’re an avid watcher of Game of Thrones – and I hope you’re an avid reader of our reviews, too – then you better be following HBO‘s Inside the Episode features released after every new episode. They contain invaluable information about what the characters are truly thinking, what their motivations are, and how the creators of the series, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, visualized these epic confrontations.

And after this week’s stunning episode, especially those final minutes, you must be dying to learn more. Give a watch,

I get chills just thinking back on Dany and her badassery. That moment is my favorite from the entire series and they realized it perfectly!

Winter is Coming have also unearthed a few quotes from James Hibberd’s interview with Benioff, Weiss, and Emilia Clarke that speak on the importance of her sacking of Astapor. Read ’em below the cut.



Some have been commenting they feel Game of Thrones‘ third season has gotten off to a slow start. While I’m not going to deny that, I’m also not going to imply that’s a bad thing. After last year’s climactic finish, Season 3 has quite a few chess pieces still in need of setting up, and in “Walk of Punishment” you see some of those pieces beginning to move.

For a little behind-the-scenes – more like behind-the-motivations – insight from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss check out HBO‘s latest Inside the Episode video. I don’t think I need to tell you, but I’ll remind you anyway: plenty of SPOILERS for the latest episode of Game of Thrones,

Were you shocked by the ending? What did you think of the decision for The Hold Steady’s “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” playing out over the credits? Jarring? Good, that’s what the DBs were hoping for. Hit the jump for their comments.