Warning: Game of Thrones Season 6 spoilers are heading your way.
"Battle of the Bastards" was just as epic as fans could have hoped for, completely rearranging the landscape of the show, and already, the internet has been flooded with people trying to figure out what's next for the survivors in the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale.
Of all the performances in the episode, Kit Harington's return as Jon Snow towered above the rest of the cast, even while he was being buried under them in the Bastard Bowl.
To draw out the strongest performance that he could during the memorable 60-second shot, director Miguel Sapochnik exploited Harington's greatest fear, bringing an intensity to the role that felt all too real for Kit and viewers alike.
Sapochnik explained the instantly iconic scene in more detail with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that:
“Kit had mentioned to me that his worst fear is being buried alive, so I exploited that to its fullest — and being the amazing game player that he is, he let me.”
There's dedication to the role and then there's being buried alive, which may explain why co-star Liam Cunningham feels that Harington deserves award recognition for his performance in the episode.
Sapochnik continued discussing the scene in more detail, suggesting that:
“Thematically, it represented a rebirth. We actually shot a little section where he just gives up, the light disappears above him and for 30 seconds he’s in darkness and he closes his eyes, then something sparks and he starts to fight back."
Award recognition could very well be on the cards for Harington if Sapochnik's sweeping praise is anything to go by:
“I’ve been lucky enough to do two major sequences with him and he’s not only really really good at what he does, but he’s got humility, a sense of humor and a work ethic that is like a breath of fresh air for a director. I wish I could work with him on everything.”
We're not sure if Kit feels the same way. After all, there's only so many times you can have the shit scared out of you on set before you just lose it completely, but it's nice to hear that Sapochnik had fun burying one of his actors alive.
Let's hope that none of the cast have a genuine fear of dragons or things could become real awkward in the season finale.
What was your favorite moment in 'Battle of the Bastards'?
Source - The Hollywood Reporter