But thank fvck they had the zombie polar bear. That was 1000% necessary.
@SimonPetrikov, I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not haha, because that was one of my favorite parts of the whole season. That scene was so cool.
@Sappy Poop Stain, It was cool, just not necessary.
@SimonPetrikov, how are we defining what's "necessary" and what's not. Not only was it one of the coolest action sequences of the season, it reinforces the danger of their situation beyond the wall, as well as serves as a needed plot point for Thoros to get injured, and later die from it. But, more importantly, it's entertaining, which is what the show is ultimately for. So I disagree with you there haha
@SimonPetrikov, also, who the hell wants to watch a show where they only do what's "necessary" haha
I was wondering where he was
@Frodrevo, he only had 1 scheduled appearance this season, and it was saying goodbye to jon, but then they realised they couldn't afford it.
@add eggs then stir, wtf do they mean they couldn't afford it? Isn't this tv show the sh*t right now? How do they not have enough money?
@Sivl, they're spending 10 million per episode but the budget is split for different purposes and the CGI budget gets run through pretty quickly with action, dragons, and zombies
@Frodrevo, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the wolf who played Ghost actually did die recently.
@NoClue2013, that was actually a misinterpretation. The one who appears as ghost in the show isn't the one who died
Just slowly stopped texting them back
I remember reading somewhere that GoT has a budget of like 10 mil an episode. Is that true?
@buttspider, I suspect it is more.
Because each of the main cast (jon, Dany, Cersei, Jaime and tyrion get paid 1 million per episode, with other cast not far behind.
I'm pretty sure they were the main reasons for the show getting only 7 episodes.
Ghost only even had 1 scheduled appearance before they realised it was cut. It was him saying good bye to him.
I couldnt care less about all the distant, background Dragon shots. They should of gave the only cgi animal on the show with any character development a few scenes.
@add eggs then stir, thank you
@add eggs then stir, no the main reason is that the books are crazy far behind the show and even though they differ quite a bit the show does spoil the book so they are giving GRRM time to finish the last one. The last season will be 5 or 7 episodes but each will be 2hrs long which they were thinking of doing for this season but then they decided to wait for the book. The book shouldn't take to crazy long as GRRM already knows what he wants to write for the most part apparently.
@Runnin with scissors, the show is a separate entity from the book series now.
Both GRRM and DnD have said so.
They don't give a crap about spoiling it.
A dream of spring won't be released for a decade, and their clearly not waiting for it.
They don't care about the books and would never knowingly harm the quality of a show just so he could finish them.
The actors get paid a certain amount for appearing in a episode and are usually none hospitable, so less episodes saves money.
They do not care about the books and Winds Of Winter will probably not be out before the show ends.
@add eggs then stir, the main reason the show is only getting 7 episodes and two more seasons, is that DnD don't want to work on the show for anymore than a couple years, they don't want to be known as the "game of thrones guys", so they refused todo more than 8 seasons
@The forest, they are working on 4 separate game of thrones spin offs, so I don't think their done with it yet.
Being known for something is different for showrunnerers than it is for actors.
If they are known as the "game of thrones guys", until the day they die, they can work on whatever they want or never have to work again.
And don't forget that less episodes doesnt mean less work.
Season 8 will have a longer production time than any other season before it.
Have no doubt that money is at the centre of every decision they make.
The movie business is still a business.
@add eggs then stir, not sure you're right about that because there are still a lot of parallels between the books and series from what I have read and watched. I doubt it will take that long to finish the series as the releases of he books have been getting faster and have created a definite direction GRRM is following making them easier to write rather than having to continuously write unpredictable lines while also not writing yourself into a corner. I seriously doubt that it is financial though seeing how popular the show is and how much merch it produces
@add eggs then stir, I concur
@add eggs then stir, but ghost isn't cgi, they're just using camera angles and a dog, or at least that's what I heard
@Hackerman, I know they at least used to
But if you look up behind the scenes of him you'll see that they have to digitally enlarge them, primarily when they are with other actors.
Though to your credit, I do believe in his last appearance (jons resurection) they used a real dog.
It's just in scenes where they want to use him (battle scenes and what not) they can't use a real dog.
Think about Nymeria in episode 2.
Her and her wolves were all CGI.
@add eggs then stir, DnD are not writing the new spin offs, hbo offered to throw money for new seasons, DnD refused.
@The forest, there producing them, like show runners.
It's there main job in GOT.
They hire writers directors and such, and even tho they aren't writing dialogue and all they are still the head that makes sure the rest of the body works in conjunction.
They play the same role on at least 1 spin off, but I'm pretty sure it's all 4 of them
@add eggs then stir, "D.B. Weiss and David Benioff would step back into an executive producer role on the spin-off, but now it's unlikely that duo will contribute at all to the upcoming series." Rolling Stones article
@add eggs then stir, either way money is not the issue, they could of easily made 1-2 more seasons of the show, instead of playing season 7 at light speed. But it seem that DnD are either running into writers block, or truly don't want to continue.
@add eggs then stir, excuse me? Rhaegal is clearly the most interesting character, human or animal
@add eggs then stir, actually they made it 7 episodes on purpose this was planned it wasn't because they were short on money
Yeah the most popular TV show didn't have the budget for some wolf. Right.
He was in all winter shots, in the background. If it was white, he was there, watching