One of the showrunners of Game of Thrones has revealed an unexpectedly funny moment that occurred during the filming of the Battle of Winterfell.
You won’t have seen this, because it never made the final edit – but even if they had left it in, there would be a chance you’d have missed it because of the darkness.
Anyway, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff recently explained the hilarious mix-up when they appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the other day.
Basically, it involves the many fictional languages of Westeros and Jacob Anderson.
In the show there are several made up dialects, including High Valyrian and Dothraki.
The guys were discussing who is the best at speaking in these created languages and detailed one particular mix-up that Anderson – who plays Grey Worm, a High Valyrian speaker – got himself into.
Weiss said: “Emilia [Clarke] is very good, cause she has to do reams of it.
“But according to David Peterson [the creator of the Game of Thrones languages] – the only person who knows is David Peterson, cause to everyone else it’s gibberish.
“David says that Jacob Anderson, who is also an amazingly talented recording artist under the name of Raleigh Ritchie but moonlights with us as Grey Worm, is like a native speaker of Valyrian.”
However, during the lengthy and – presumably – stressful filming of episode three, ‘The Long Night’, it seems as if his High Valyrian deserted him when he was asked to start making it up.
Weiss continued: “A good portion of those 55 nights, Jacob was out there in the mud and the muck in front of Winterfell, fighting.
“At one point, Miguel [Sapochnik], the director, maybe half-way through… [Jacob] is delirious and tired, Miguel starts yelling at Jacob to improvise something in Valyrian.
“I don’t know why it’d have to be Valyrian because he was wearing a [helmet] and you couldn’t see his face. [Miguel] said, ‘Say something in Valyrian! Yell to your troops in Valyrian!’
“Jacob was so tired and so delirious and so out of it that all he could think to yell was, ‘Mike Pence! Mike Pence! Mike Pence!'”
That’s strange enough to pass as Valyrian, although it is not clear exactly what House the current US Vice President belongs to.
It wouldn’t be the first time a US politician has featured on the show, either. Way back in the first season of the show the two showrunners admitted that they used a prosthetic head of former President George W. Bush on a spike.
They then had a wee joke about it on some DVD commentary for the show and ended up in a spot of bother. Don’t worry, they apologised in the end.
The pair said: “After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush.
“In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologise if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”
HBO also added: “We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste.
“We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologised immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake.
“We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.”
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones continues on Monday 6 May at 2am and again at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.
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