Here’s the story: within the lengthy, way back, David Benioff and Dan Weiss made a pilot for Game of Thrones, a brand new HBO fantasy sequence. Then they confirmed that pilot for his or her pals, everybody hated it, and so they reshot about 90% of the footage. The precise pilot we acquired, “Winter Is Coming,” nonetheless has a number of photographs from that first unaired episode — Tyrion’s hair is means blonder than regular in a single bit, and Sophie Turner appears to be like youthful in a single scene than she does within the subsequent — however principally, it’s all new stuff. The outdated footage was misplaced to time.
Or nearly misplaced. Bill Bradley of The Huffington Post discovered the unique unaired pilot script within the Texas A&M Cushing Memorial Library, the place A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin has been sending his papers to be archived for years. (Martin had a cameo within the unique pilot as a Pentoshi noble, by the best way.) Let’s check out a number of the Game of Thrones moments that by no means have been.
1. The White Walkers talked to one another
The first scene of the sequence is fairly iconic by now. A trio of unlucky Night’s Watchmen transcend the Wall, encounter the White Walkers, and are killed very lifeless. Originally, the plan was for the White Walkers to have the ability to talk with one another utilizing an precise spoken language. Read under:
The White Walker language is known as Skroth, and Game of Thrones language guru David J. Peterson even went as far as create the fundamental vocabulary and grammar for it. But in the long run, the manufacturing opted to chop the language so the White Walkers would come off as extra mysterious.
2. Cersei burns Robert’s feather
In the primary episode of the present, King Robert Baratheon visits the Winterfell crypts and locations a feather within the hand of the statue standing over the grave of Lyanna Stark, his misplaced love. Since then, that rattling feather has turn out to be one of many low-key breakout stars of the present. It got here again in season 5, when Sansa discovered it on the bottom…
…and once more within the “Crypts of Winterfell” teaser for season 8, when it falls out of Lyanna’s hand as Jon Snow walks previous:
For a throwaway prop, it’s had an extended, richly symbolic life, but when the unique pilot had made it to air, none of that might have been potential. Here’s what occurred to it within the unaired script:
Oh, that Cersei, all the time burning issues she doesn’t like.
This is definitely a pleasant little second, and would have given us some early perception into Cersei’s resentment over her husband’s refusal to let go of Lyanna Stark. But then the feather would by no means have discovered stardom, so I’m glad it was lower.
3. The intercourse scene between Daenerys and Drogo was consensual
Easily some of the uncomfortable moments of “Winter is Coming” is after Daenerys Targaryen is married off to the warlord Khal Drogo. He takes her to a secluded location and has intercourse together with her whereas she is clearly upset and uncomfortable.
In Martin’s e book, issues go in another way. There, the primary sexual encounter between Daenerys and Drogo is consensual, though nonetheless extremely uncommon provided that it’s an organized marriage and so they simply met and don’t communicate the identical language. The unique pilot script sticks nearer to the books:
The dialogue round depictions of intercourse and sexual violence on Game of Thrones is pretty fraught, though earlier than we transfer on I’ll notice that there’s one other nonconsensual intercourse scene between Dany and Drogo within the books, one which the present tailored in Episode 2, “The Kingsroad.” So even when the present had stored the unique pilot script, except it was planning to vary future episodes, it might hardly imply the tip of the discourse.
4. Jon Snow will get drunk and embarrassed on the Winterfell feast
Here’s one other instance of the unique pilot script hewing nearer to the books. This subsequent scene didn’t seem within the episode we acquired however does occur kind of similar to this in George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones:
If I needed to guess, I’d say they rethought this scene as a result of it doesn’t actually work with an actor of Kit Harington’s age enjoying the function. It’s extra plausible within the books, when Jon is all of 14 years outdated when King Robert comes to go to.
5. Catelyn, Ned and Sansa
In A Game of Thrones, when Robert involves Winterfell and gives Ned the place of Hand of the King, Ned is initially reluctant to go to King’s Landing. That will get translated to the present precisely sufficient. The distinction is Catelyn. In the books, she encourages Ned to take the job, each due to the political issues and since she needs Sansa to turn out to be queen. “Her sons could rule from the Wall to the mountains of Dorne. What is so wrong with that?”
But within the pilot we acquired, neither Catelyn nor Ned need him to go south, and many of the arguments Catelyn makes within the e book get put in Maester Luwin’s mouth Once once more, the unique script sticks nearer to the e book:
There are extra variations, together with a number of scenes that don’t seem within the unique pilot script however do seem in “Winter Is Coming.” These embrace Sansa and Arya working towards stitching, Bran working towards archery within the yard, Sansa begging Catelyn to let her go to King’s Landing and that ridiculous scene the place Jon, Robb and Theon are shaving.
And there are deeper mysteries but unsolved. For instance, somebody filmed a flashback to the loss of life of Ned’s brother Brandon on the hand of Aerys “the Mad King” Targaryen, however nobody’s seen the footage. This shot has been floating across the web for years, although:
Maybe when season Eight is over HBO will launch the unique pilot and we will all see for ourselves how various things might have been. Until then, click on right here for extra insights!
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