Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin reveals his least favorite scene in the HBO epic fantasy series based on his A Song of Ice and Fire books. In James Hibberd's new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon (via EW), Martin reveals that a lack of budget contributed to his least favorite scene in the history of the show.
"Where we really fell down in terms of budget was my least favorite scene in the entire show, in all eight seasons: King Robert goes hunting," Martin wrote. "Four guys walking on foot through the woods carrying spears and Robert is giving Renly shit. In the books, Robert goes off hunting, we get word that he was gored by a boar, and they bring him back and he dies. So I never did [a hunting scene]. But I knew what a royal hunting party was like. There would have been a hundred guys. There would have been pavilions."
He continued, "There would have been huntsmen. There would have been dogs. There would have been horns blowing – that's how a king goes hunting! He wouldn't have just been walking through the woods with three of his friends holding spears hoping to meet a boar. But at that point, we couldn't afford horses or dogs or pavilions."
Here's the scene from the show:
If the show had a bigger budget for Season 1, we'd probably seen a more epic hunting party but instead it was depicted as a small affair. Every episode of the show costs around $6 million for much of its run, and starting in Season 6, the episode budget rose to $10 million.
Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon is set to release on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and tells the inside story of making Game of Thrones from its earliest meetings to the airing of its final season. It's now available for preoder.