Ahead of this Sunday’s Bafta TV Craft Award where Deborah Riley may win an award, Digital Spy caught up with the set designer to talk about her team’s proudest moments and most challenging designs.
In the interview, Riley discusses some of the sets she is most proud of, including the Meereen Audience Chamber from season four, the Hall of Faces from season five and her personal favorite, the Dragonstone Audience Chamber from season seven, which she considers “the strongest and most original space” her team has ever built.
The Hall of Faces in the House of Black and White, in turn, ranks as the most expensive single element in the show, with over 600 prosthetic faces needed: “I remember these being an issue as no-one imagined that we would need the kind of numbers that we did,” she comments. “The budget for them was a massive issue at the time.”
Riley also reveals some of the more unusual influences on her work, including the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and his Mayan Revival period of the 1920s, and Thrones’ own Michele Clapton’s dragon scale detailing on Daenerys’ costume.
Finally, she discusses the most random prop the set design team ever had to create, which was of course Joffrey’s fabulous dove pie from the Purple Wedding. Shame that pie was a bit dry! For more about that and everything else, read the full interview here.