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Game of Thrones director defends not showing Daenerys as she destroys King's Landing: "When she makes that decision, she and the dragon become one"

  • After Dany makes the decision to destroy King's Landing in the penultimate "The Bells" episode, "at that point, you don’t need to see her,” says director Miguel Sapochnik. “We decided not to cut back to her. When she makes that decision, she and the dragon become one.” Sapochnik says the decision to focus all the action from down below was an attempt to "re-sensitize" the dragon's destruction. “This idea that every single person that dies in this story, every single person that is buried by rubble, every kid, that little girl, they are people, and they have mothers, and fathers, and lives, like us," he tells Indiewire. "They had aspirations and dreams, and they got cut short by this event. That feels like what we were trying to do there.” Sapochnik adds: “The destruction of King’s Landing, for me, has always been an audience participation event. You wanted this, you wanted this, you wanted this. Here. Is that really what you wanted? I felt like there was this thing of this bloodthirstiness that exists in the fans, for revenge, for this payback that is personified by Dany. I just wanted to get to the core of what that actually means. Because even though the characters that don’t exist in the end, what you’re looking for, as an audience member, is death and destruction. I wanted people to know how bad death and destruction can be in the safe environment they’re living in.” ALSO: Miguel Sapochnik admits he "wanted to kill everyone" at the Battle of Winterfell.

    TOPICS: Game of Thrones, HBO, Emilia Clarke, Miguel Sapochnik