Another tidbit from my conversation with George R.R. Martin that I found insightful.
Tyrian’s chain. Okay the art here looks pretty lame, but the point was just to get the concept down and send it off. I got very little input from the production itself, so I would mostly rely on my familiarity with the books. For the 1st season I created loads of comps that featured Starks and their Dire wolves. Until I finally got a note: ‘enough of the wolves. We’re not doing much of that, not in the budget.’ For the 2nd season, I created these Tyrion Chain comps. In the book, Tyrion commissions this huge chain and we don’t know why until the Battle of Blackwater. When Stannis’ fleet is first hit with Wildfire. When they try to retreat, Tyrian’s chain rises out of the bay’s entry, trapping them, and instead of moderate losses, they are annihilated.
So I asked George “What happened to the Chain? It was the coolest twist: ‘Now you Can’t leave’!” He said, “Yeah that was cool. Not in the budget” I said, “Wait, All those incredible Wildfire effects, but they couldn’t squeeze a few more bucks for a chain in the water? He shrugged, put up his hands “Not in the budget”
Point is: the production itself can be obstinate. Plot lines and development often get rushed or compromised. When we are frustrated with the show that’s usually why. I’ve had conversations with cast and members of the production that have expressed similar frustration. #got #blackwater #gameofthroneshbo #tyrionlannister #grrm