A behind the scenes look at The Spoils of War, plus Critics’ Choice Nominations!


People bring us an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the Game of Thrones: Season Seven Blu-Ray/DVD, featuring Emilia Clarke and director Matt Shakman explaining the processes behind bringing the dragon attacks in “The Spoils of War” to life.  Plus, check out the nominations for Game of Thrones at this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards.

In the video, Shakman explains why they decided to have the scene focus on Jaime Lannister.

I chose to focus on Jamie… that [episode] was about being on the other side of a dragon attack.  That you have Daenerys Targaryen unleashed for the first time in Westeros, and it’s about Jamie Lannister trying to hold together his troops in the middle of watching the world change forever.

Clarke was impressed with the size and scale of the dragons, which double in size each season.  The number of shots featuring Daenerys riding one of her dragons has also increased dramatically over the years. Season 6 only featured eleven shots, while season 7 used over eighty.  The mechanical rig used to film these sequences also makes an appearance in the clip, which you can watch below.

Game of Thrones: The Complete 7th Season will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 12.

With everyone’s end-of-year lists taking shape, it’s always nice to see Game of Thrones being counted among award contenders. The Critics’ Choice Awards have nominated the show for Best Drama Series, while Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke have scooped Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively. The show won the Best Series gong back in 2013 and again in 2016, but has yet to win any of the acting awards despite multiple nominations.  Good luck to everyone and you can read the rest of the nominations here!

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    1. No words..one of the most spectacular battles in GOT was the Loot Train Attack…Lannisters got fucked hard in this battle..lol

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    2. American Gods (Starz)

      The Crown (Netflix)

      Game of Thrones (HBO)

      The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

      Stranger Things (Netflix)

      This Is Us (NBC)

      GoT already has two awards. Maybe they will give it to something new. The Handmaid’s Tale already won an Emmy this year and Stranger Things is becoming more and more popular.

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    3. These behind the scene videos are great. Its just amazing how it all comes together after the CGI and SFX is added.

      As for the nominees chosen for best supporting actor and actress, I presume this is for S7 and not the entire series? Peter Dinklage is great of course and has won many awards, but I would have chosen Kit Harrington along with Emilia Clarke? For me, S7 was their season.

      Anyhow, best of luck to Peter and Emilia and to GoT in the Critics’ Choice Awards.

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    4. Black Raven,

      I know that there is a circejerk in this fandom that Alfie Allen is the most underrated actor on the show, but I really think that Peter Dinklage is the most underrated actor for years (in this fandom, not with GA).

      Maybe that’s because he is the most popular with GA and Academy, so maybe it’s edgy to hate on him and his work on the show, but stil some of the best acted scenes in S7 were his. His scenes with Jaime and Cersei, Jon and Dany, even his little scene with Varys.

      I mean the range he shows in his scenes is something majority of other actors on this show will never be capable to do.

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    5. Agree about Alfie. To be honest, all I see is the same trembly wet eyed expression over and over again. But an actor channeling severe trauma will always be lauded. In my opinion it’s much more impressive to play a “straight” role with nuance and charisma – which I believe Kit Harington does. However, I think S6 was Kit’s chance to win. I’d be very surprised if he got a GG nod.

      Relatedly, I’m waiting for the inevitable complaints about Emilia’s critic’s choice nom. Lena outshines all of the other actors – women and men both – but Emilia is not the terrible actress people bemoan her to be. I’m not sure why she’s been nominated ahead of Lena, but it’s not the egregious injustice some will view it as. That was Lena losing to Maggie Smith at the Emmys last year, imo!

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    6. They seem to be nominating Peter Dinklage in automatic mode because he didn’t do a remarkable job this season to be nominated, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen or Kit Harington deserved that spot.

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    7. Elisa,

      I agree whole-heartedly! Kit & NCW were particularly outstanding this past season. Alfie’s scene with John at Dragonstone was so affecting.

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    8. I suspect if you ran a poll of the best actors/actresses the vast majority of votes would go to Lena and Peter. In my view they are superb in their roles.

      Likewise Kit, Emilia and Sophie probably take the most flack for lack of acting skills, I’d argue all of them have improved considerably with the show too.

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