MGoT: The storyboards of Game of Thrones season 4

The newest blog entry from Making Game of Thrones gives us a video look inside the process of creating storyboards for the show, with storyboard artist Will Simpson.

Check it out:

In addition to the video, MGoT provides these storyboards from a few season 4 episodes:

From season 4, episode 6: Drogon menaces a goatherder’s child.

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From season 4, episode 9: Ghost enters the fray in the Battle of Castle Black.

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From season 4, episode 10: the deadly wight attack on Bran’s party.

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    1. Syrio,

      No, they show ghost jump across the screen and tear into the guys throat. I don’t believe they show him jump back into the fray, if thats what your talking about but ghost definitely tears at least one dude up on camera.

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    2. If I had any talent at drawing (and I don’t) I would love to be a storyboard artist on GoT. Being able to create those sketches with pen and ink, just like that, is amazing to watch. Really beautiful picture.

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    3. Most likely time contraints didnt allow us to get the full Ghost scene. It’s long to train these wolves and Not easy to calculate some complex shots to insert and rescale them later.

      That being said, I truly hope to See lots of Ghost next season !

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    4. This is awesome. Reminds me of my advertising days when directors would give their treatments for the commercials they would shoot.

      Obviously, GoT is a different beast altogether.

      Also, I have had two bourbons.

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    5. Arkash,

      The extra Ghost fighting material might simply have been cut. Lots and lots of parts of scenes get cut fairly early in production. The “extra” scenes that you get on BR and DVD usually are the ones cut at the very end, as they often are completely produced.

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    6. Off topic:

      Is anyone else super excited that Vikings season 3 is airing next Thursday?

      http://m.etonline.com/tv/159640_vikings_season_3_preview_michael_hirst_on_ragnar_paris_mission/

      IMO it’s a close second to GoT and the only other true epic out there right now that has well developed interesting characters.

      Well there’s Black Sails and Outlander and Marco Polo also but I haven’t got into those.

      Vikings stands out in quality by far compared to all those, only GoT has it beat. IMO.

      Also I love Ragnar and I will even go on to say that his wife Lagertha is the strongest female character on TV and could even take Brianne in a duel.

      There, I said it… What.. What!

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    7. Arthur: IMO it’s a close second to GoT and the only other true epic out there right now that has well developed interesting characters.

      Well there’s Black Sails and Outlander and Marco Polo also but I haven’t got into those.

      Vikings stands out in quality by far compared to all those, only GoT has it beat. IMO.

      I have watched all of those. Personally, after GoT I like Vikings better than the other ones you named but I think all of those are better “quality” in terms of production values. Not surprising considering they are on premium cable channels or Netflix. Vikings is very good quality for a regular cable production but imagine how much better it would be if it was done on HBO or Netflix. And not just the production values, it could be a lot more graphic, which if any show should be it would be Vikings.

      As far as Lagertha vs Brienne I would give Brienne the upper hand if she were in full armor. It would be a lot closer if she was not but I think Lagertha would take her with her quickness.

      I would also add The Musketeers and DaVinci’s Demons to the end of that list.

      I would rank them:

      GoT
      Vikings
      Outlander
      Marco Polo
      DaVinci’s Demons
      Black Sails
      The Musketeers

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    8. Hexonx,

      Wow nice response I agree with all of that.

      However I get very surprised every season when watching Vikings of just how adult and graphic the episodes can be while airing on a regular cable channel.

      Season one had a whole episode showing how they made human sacrifices which was chilling.

      Season two had that episode where they gave that guy the “blood eagle” (skinning a living mans back and cracking down all his ribs on each side closest to the spine and ripping the lungs out and placing them on his shoulders looking like wings while the man is alive and holding himself up without crying out so he can go to Valhalla). That episode was more adult and gruesome then anything I’ve seen on GoT.

      I guess the trick that makes this kind of thing work on regular cable is the artistry of showing the scene which is to say sometimes less can actual equal more.

      Anyway, thanks for the response!

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    9. Arthur:

      Season two had that episode where they gave that guy the “blood eagle” (skinning a living mans back and cracking down all his ribs on each side closest to the spine and ripping the lungs out and placing them on his shoulders looking like wings while the man is alive and holding himself up without crying out so he can go to Valhalla). That episode was more adult and gruesome then anything I’ve seen on GoT.

      Indeed.

      I was going to mention the Blood Eagle. That scene was well done. I would not have wanted to see a more graphic version of that for sure. I also love the music on Vikings. It’s done by a group called Wardruna. I believe this was the song during the Blood Eagle:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CranDHlMA1E

      My favorite one though is:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0PvZGVPiJU#t=146

      Which was playing when they were preparing to sail to England I believe.

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    10. I’m sorry but Vikings is overrated as fuck. I’m not sure why it continously gets brought up here. The characters are caricatures, character development is a thing that mostly doesn’t exist, it’s filled with violence porn. The antagonists are portrayed as jerks with little to no complexity, it’s even hard to sympathize with the main characters.

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    11. Vikings is pretty good, but the plots are pretty predictable and telegraphed, and it has that habit of pretending Ragnar knows nothing about a plot against him, only to turn the tables at the last moment – “Aha! Ragnar knew all along! Psyche!” It’s the same problem SOA had with Jax. He’s the best just ’cause.

      It is a pretty looking show, and the actors who play Ragnar and Lagertha make it for me. Entertaining, but not great, I think, due to the writing. Just my opinion.

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    12. Look how weird Jon’s eyes are, he is either warging, blind or a WW.

      Ramsey appears to be holding either a ice or dragon glass dagger.

      Hum, Jaime and Sansa together! A hint their arcs will cross paths in the future?

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    13. Oh well at least GoT lost out to a fellow HBO production, and True Detective was really excellent…in fact very strong field so an achievement to be nominated alongside all these:

      WRITERS GUILD AWARDS 2015
      TV-NEW MEDIA-RADIO NOMINEES
      DRAMA SERIES
      Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO
      The Good Wife, Written by …; CBS
      House of Cards, Written by …; Netflix
      Mad Men, Written by …; AMC
      True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO – WINNER

      And OT but I approve also from the WGA

      OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

      The Last of Us: Left Behind, Written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment – WINNER

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    14. tyjon:
      Look how weird Jon’s eyes are, he is either warging, blind or a WW.

      Ramsey appears to be holding either a ice or dragon glass dagger.

      Hum, Jaime and Sansa together! A hint their arcs will cross paths in the future?

      I thought so too .. Jon clearly has black eyes but here it looks white with small black dots .. similar to white walker .. but I won’t give it much thought. Maybe it’s just the way Simpson draws eyes .. what really caught my attention is Ramsay .. is he holding a flayed face in his left hand? And why is he positioned between a white walker and a wight?

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