The eponymous “Battle of the Bastards” came and went on Sunday night’s Game of Thrones, and it was a blood bath. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) found himself in a chaotic, impossible-to-navigate tussle of charred limbs, flayed corpses, and frantic swordplay — and it was all executed to perfection by director Miguel Sapochnik, the same guy who helmed the Whitewalker battle at “Hardhome.” Following the hour, HBO unveiled a new featurette that details just how the war for Winterfell was filmed.
There are a numbered of featured interviews, including with series co-creator D.B. Weiss, Ramsay Bolton actor Iwan Rheon, and Harington. But the real meat and potatoes about how it came together come mostly from the other showrunner David Benioff, Sapochnik, and horse master Camilla Naprous. “They [Benioff and Weiss] really wanted to kind of get into the mindset of what it would be like to be in a battle like that,” the director said, while Benioff revealed some of the non-CG moments.