Game Of Thrones has no problem crossing lines when it comes to violent and grotesque scenes. Ramsay Bolton had his face gnawed off by his own pack of ravenous dogs. Prince Oberyn Martell, a.k.a. The Red Viper, had his eyes pushed in and skull crushed like a grapefruit by the hands of The Mountain. How can anyone forget the bloodshed from The Red Wedding?
In the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones, the creators once again grossed us out with another scene of a different matter—fecal matter. If #GameofThrones fans thought Samwell Tarly was busy studying books in the Citadel learning how to defeat the White Walkers, they were sadly disappointed. Instead, our stomachs turned as we watched a montage of Tarly cleaning out bedpans full of feces, and then serving a brown stew that looked just as gross as the content from the bedpans. Just thinking about it again brings my dinner back up into my throat.
How Did They Film This Gross Scene?
I'm sure Samwell Tarly will discover something of use to help Jon Snow fight off the army of White Walkers headed toward the Wall. But first, Sam will have to get his hands dirty. No one thought it would be quite this literal, however. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, #JohnBradley, the actor who plays Sam, spoke about how they filmed the disgusting montage:
"It was quite a long time shooting it. It was shot over a period of about five full days. We're talking about 50 or 60 hours of shooting all of that. It was quite an experience, really. For the first time in my career on the show, I was completely alone. It was weird to be working so closely with the director and shooting that sequence in these five second bursts. It was kind of strange, just making sure you got those tiny little microscopic five second moments in the can, and then hand it over to the editors to stitch it into the montage that it became."
Spending 50 to 60 hours over five days sounds like a nightmare to handle all those bedpans. But in the end it was worth it. They way the editor put those little shots together created a horrifying yet memorable scene. We got to see just how frustrated Sam is with the Citadel, yet the scene also served another purpose. The montage showed that even though Sam may not be the best warrior, he's willing to do whatever it takes, in his own way, to support #JonSnow.
What Was In The Bedpans?
If you are curious as to what they used to make the fake waste, Bradley revealed the secret behind the stools:
We didn't use real human waste. It was one step down on the unpleasantness scale. We used wet fruit cake, for all of the... I don't know how you say it politely. (Laughs.) That was wet fruit cake. It smelled fine, but shooting under lights for 13 hours or so, it can get a little nasty.
Wet fruit cake? After watching that scene, I don't think I could ever eat a bowl of soup again. If you ever wanted to gross out your friends, now you know what to use.
With the White Walkers just around the corner, #SamwellTarly has shown willing to prove his worth even if it means cleaning bedpans over and over. Sam may not have the greatest fight scenes, but he's still a fighter. Although we may shut our eyes and turn our heads in disgust, these shocking scenes are used as a dramatic point to develop his character.
What did you think of the gross scene in the premiere?
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]