‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Break Down This Week’s Not-So-Shocking Twist in Featurette

     May 3, 2016

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Spoilers for this past Sunday’s Game of Thrones below.

So on this week’s Game of Thrones, the inevitable happened. Jon Snow was indeed dead, but he did indeed return, pretty much in exactly the manner everyone expected him to. It was inevitable, really. Snow was the major player of The North, with an integral connection to the series’ biggest looming threat, the army of White Walkers. To kill him off for good would be bad storytelling, full stop. Moreover, the shock of his death was undone in the same episode, as we were explicitly shown Lord of Light-infused Melisandre returning to The Wall hours before Snow died at the same location.

So yeah, Jon Snow’s back, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had to spend the past year sidestepping questions about his potential return. Now, however, they’re free to speak openly about the resurrection, and so they do in a new behind-the-scenes featurette for this past Sunday’s episode “Home.” They don’t say much, but Benioff does speak to Snow’s connection to Ghost regarding him coming back to life, and I’ll be curious to see how the character is (or isn’t) changed now that he’s been brought back from the dead.


But the featurette also dives into other aspects of the episode, like the opening flashback to young Ned Stark. Benioff and Weiss explain their decision to include this scene despite them saying years ago they weren’t interested in using flashbacks in the show, with Bran’s warging offering a bit of an excuse to do so. Moreover, a couple of other audio commentary-type videos take a closer look at both Cersei and Arya’s major story moves in “Home,” with Arya having gone through the fastest “test” imaginable.

Check out the videos below, as well as a preview of next week’s episode.


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