'The Long Night' could have seen even more bloodshed
The third instalment of the hit fantasy series’ final run saw a number of major characters meet their end during the lengthy Battle of Winterfell. Beric Dondarrion was among the dead, as were Ser Jorah Mormont and Lyanna Mormont.
In a recent interview, Sapochnik revealed his original idea for the episode – which was ultimately shelved by the HBO network.
“I wanted to kill everyone,” he told IndieWire. “I wanted to kill Jorah in the horse charge at the beginning. I was up for killing absolutely everyone.
“I wanted it to be ruthless, so that in the first 10 minutes, you say, ‘All bets are off; anyone could die’.
Explaining that GoT‘s showrunners and co-creators didn’t share his grisly vision, Sapochnik added: “David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] didn’t want to. There was a lot of back-and-forth on that.”
Going on to also helm ‘The Bells’ – episode 5 – the director said that the big bosses allowed him to carry out some of his leftover ideas from ‘The Long Night’.
“I think a key thing is, like, it’s not my show, right?” said Sapochnik. “I didn’t come up with the show and make it. I am a hired director to go and do that. They have let me in and let me be involved, and I’ve really loved doing that.
“But [the] final cut is not mine. [The] Final cut is theirs; it’s their choice.”