Game of Thrones is no stranger to bloody faceoffs, but what you might not know is that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss chose to cut out a battle that originally appeared in George R.R. Martin’s novels.
Fans of the series will remember this battle famously took place offscreen in season one after Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was knocked unconscious before he could partake in the mele.
But before they chose to nix the battle, the showrunners had an interesting vision as to how it could be portrayed on screen.
“Tyrion Lannister follows The Mountain into combat — and we were really excited,” explained the showrunners. “We were going to have the camera at Peter Dinklage’s eye level and have him follow this giant, The Mountain, into battle and just see everything.”
Seeing such a massive battle through Tyrion’s point of view would have been fascinating, but sadly the idea was nixed due to tight budgets.
“It’s probably better that we couldn’t do it,” concluded Benioff and Weiss. “It never would have measured up to what we were able to do later.”