The fourth edition of HBO’s docuseries The Game Revealed is here, giving us a look behind the scenes at the making of episodes 7 and 8 of this season of Game of Thrones.
This week’s video focuses on the filming of the Hound’s return, the creation of the castle Riverrun with a working drawbridge, the siege that brings together several characters for intense moments, Tyrion’s drunken chat with his co-workers, and Arya’s wild chase scene through Braavos.
The Game Revealed includes interviews with episode director Mark Mylod, showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss, production designer Deborah Riley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rory McCann, Ian McShane, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson and more.
It has several humorous and interesting tidbits from behind the scenes. Benioff discusses the Hound’s ax-wielding reintroduction scene, noting “Rory’s actually really good at chopping wood in real life. That wasn’t- he didn’t need any stunt doubles, didn’t need any kind of effects, it’s just him there with an ax.” Makes sense- after all, McCann was reportedly a lumberjack in real life before he was an actor.
Mylod, who directed both episodes, has a lot of insight regarding all the scenes, and gets very direct when discussing Jaime and Brienne’s reunion at Riverrun. He says, “The scene between Jaime and Brienne…It is the most reluctant love story in history. They love each other and they hate that they love each other.”
Watch the complete video here: