‘Game Of Thrones’ Director On Why The Execution Of Stannis Baratheon Was Not Shown On Screen, Highlight Hollywood News


Acclaimed director David Nutter has directed two of the most heartbreaking episodes in “Game of Thrones” history. In season three, he helmed “The Rains of Castamere,” which depicted the notorious Red Wedding, an event so traumatizing that videos of fans’ reactions to the scene went viral.   Nutter however has even topped that,  with the season five finale, which featured the deaths of three prominent characters: Princess Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free),  would-be King Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who was one of the show’s few remaining good guys. While we saw a poisoned Myrcella perish in front of her father, Jaime Lannister, and Jon bleed out on the snow courtesy of a “Julius Caesar”-style stabbing attack by members of the Night’s Watch, we didn’t see the grisly end for Stannis, who was taken down by Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).




Nutter, who has directed six episodes of the series overall, talked to Speakeasy about why the episode didn’t show that moment, what he thinks about fans’ reactions to Jon’s death and why he won’t direct a “Game of Thrones” episode in season six.gameofthrones15_207


So, with so many graphic death scenes, why did Nutter chose not to show the moment Lady Brienne of Tarth executed King Stannis, who previously had become the most hated man on the series after burning is own daughter at the stake?



“I think there was a real sense of inevitability toward what was going to happen, and I think anything beyond that would have been somewhat gratuitous. I know for us to say that about “Game of Thrones,” that’s an interesting way to put it, but you could really get a sense that Stannis knew that his time had come, and there was nothing else really to say, nothing else really to do. I always believe that editing is the kind of thing where you want to cut into a scene a little bit after it starts and get out before it ends. This is exactly what we did in this sequence, and I thought it worked perfectly.”


Adding, “It wasn’t even filmed for safety. Dave and Dan were very clear with how they wanted the scene dealt with and handled, and I was there to provide that for them.”


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