Game of Thrones Season 7 is going really well, and last week we got to see what has been the best episode in Season 7 as of yet. Titled ‘The Spoils of War‘, the episode had a lot of action, and there was no doubt that even though Daenerys and Drogon set fire to everything and everybody, Bronn was the true star of the episode. He not only managed to hit Drogon with that giant arrow with Qyburn‘s weapon, but he also managed to save himself, and Jaime Lannister, from getting burnt. The latest from HBO’s pet project that takes us behind the scenes, called Making Game of Thrones, is an interview with Jerome Flynn, the man behind Bronn of the Blackwater, and he talked quite a bit about the scene, Bronn, and a bit more. Read on!
First off he discussed Bronn and Jaime’s relationship :
“There’s an element of frustration in terms of how he’s being used. Jaime is talking about Bronn as if he’s his right-hand man with this elevated status, but Bronn is still getting tasked with dirty work. Bronn even tells him to go back to King’s Landing, but he sticks around and then makes Bronn basically go on a death run; it pisses Bronn off. Nobody’s going to be happy to be told to ride through that battlefield with the dragon ahead.”
He then went on to talk about how it was to film the episode :
“It took four or five weeks to film that sequence, but the actual “death run” to Qyburn’s scorpion happened over a couple of days. And that one particular sequence was some of the most most exciting filming I’ve had. You’ve got all this extraordinary excellence around you — people who have been training for months to get every little piece of their puzzle right; stuntmen, armorers, everyone. It’s a whole dance going on. And suddenly you’re set free, and it’s the ultimate boy’s playground with a lot of adrenaline thrown in.
As an actor, it’s wonderful because it’s all laid out for you; you don’t have to worry about what to do with your hands, or how you look, because it’s all there in the action. You really do have to watch yourself. When I was on the run, I had to be super alert, because all sorts of stuff was going on. Even amidst the wonderful organization, there’s a lot of unpredictability because every take was different. But that’s actually part of what makes it great and authentic. The fresher it is, the more fun it is to do.”
If you’re wondering, yes, the weapon shown did actually work. He discussed a bit of character development for Bronn, specifically with his relationship with the Lannisters :
“He doesn’t have total disregard for Jaime, but he has a bond with Tyrion that’s hard for him to ignore. And the connection they’ve made with their sense of humor. If Bronn’s got a fondness for anybody in the world, I’d say Tyrion is probably close up there. He sees him as an underdog like himself.”
The most interesting part of the interview was when Flynn talked about the reactions after the episode aired.
“I was surprised when I was watching it. I spent weeks on that sequence, but I was on the edge of my seat, the adrenaline was running — they really nailed it. Although since the day the battle aired, I’ve been a little unpopular, I have to say. My postman won’t speak to me because I shot the dragon.”
Well, do you think Bronn survived? We sure hope he did. What about you? Talk to us in the comments, down below!