George R.R. Martin has revealed the scene from Game of Thrones that most disappointed him.
Martin, who writes the A Song of Fire and Ice fantasy novels which HBO’s Game of Thrones was based on, reveals all in James Hibbard‘s new book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The scene appears in the show’s first season and features Mark Addy‘s character King Robert embarking on a hunting expedition that wasn’t as lavish as Martin would have hoped.
“Where we really fell down in terms of budget was my least favorite scene in the entire show, in all eight seasons: King Robert goes hunting,” Martin says in Hibbard’s book. “Four guys walking on foot through the woods carrying spears and Robert is giving Renly s**t. In the books, Robert goes off hunting, we get word he was gored by a boar, and they bring him back and he dies.”
Lamenting the fact that the show didn’t have budget for a full hunting scene, Martin goes on to describe what one might have looked like. “But I knew what a royal hunting party was like,” he adds. “There would have been a hundred guys. There would have been pavilions. There would have been huntsmen. There would have been dogs. There would have been horns blowing — that’s how a king goes hunting! He wouldn’t have just been walking through the woods with three of his friends holding spears hoping to meet a boar. But at that point, we couldn’t afford horses or dogs or pavilions.”
Martin isn’t the only Game of Thrones alum to speak candidly about the show recently. Just last month, Charles Dance, who played Tywin Lannister, revealed that he would have signed the infamous petition to remake its divisive final season.
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