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Game of Thrones Finale: Everything You Should Know About That Most Important Scene

Why Cersei and Bronn were always kept away from each other, why Kit Harrington felt isolated from the cast, and other things you may not know about the Dragonpit scene. 
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The Dragonpit scene in the finale of Game of Thrones Season 7 is the culminating scene of all the previous episodes in the season, and we must stress its significance. While its many sequences are pregnant with meaning and foreshadowing, we focus on the things that went on behind the scenes as the team show this single sequence that took 10 days to film. 

Cersei and Bronn can Never be in the Same Scene

Ever since Bronn appeared in Season 1 as a shrewd sellsword who defended Tyrion in trial by combat, he has risen in status to become not only a knight with a posh title – Ser Bronn of the Blackwater – but also to serve as Jamie Lannister’s right hand, that is, a person who carries out important jobs in the name of Jamie. With such a prominent position orbiting one of the most important Lannisters, we never noticed how Bronn and Cersei had yet to meet on screen. 

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It turns out the producers have been determined to keep the two characters away from each other. That’s because actors Lena Headey (Cersei) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) are real-life exes, and they dislike each other. They dated for some time in the early 2000s, but broke up in 2003, and that didn’t end well for both. Currently, the two actors are not on speaking terms, and they avoid each other. 

Perhaps there was a real-life grudge when Cersei Lannister asked Jamie to punish Bronn for arranging a meeting with Tyrion. 

No Accessories Allowed – Except for Cell Phones

When it comes to costumes, the Game of Thrones has inspired a large number of awards. The show’s costume designers have made it a point that the costumes stay fashionable yet historically relevant to the Middle Ages, which is when much of the show’s setting is based. The multiple awards that the show has won for costumes means there are some things that the actors are not allowed to have on set. For example, they are not allowed to wear personal accessories, which Petyr Baelish very clearly violated in this scene

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However, there are some exceptions, as all cast members seem to have their phones on their costume all the time, as can be seen with Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) at Dragonpit here, and in these surreal shots of Jon and Daenerys talking on their phones

That also explains how Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was able to post this potentially plot-spoiling photo of her and Kit Harrington with a snow-covered background before the show even ran the episode when Daenerys went to the snow-covered North. 

Kit Harrington Felt Isolated from the Rest of the Cast

No one is probably happier with the Dragonpit scene than Kit Harrington, who admitted in a behind-the-scenes interview with HBO that he felt isolated from the rest of the cast, being kept in the North from Seasons 1 to 6 of the show. He is the only major character to have been kept in the North for all those seasons, so it’s his first time to see the many members of the cast after all those years of shooting the show. The scene at Dragonpit took 10 days to shoot, and the cast and crew stayed in the same hotel for the same period.

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“It’s a recipe for disaster,” a happy Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) says of the 10-day reunion, hinting at some ultimate reunion festivities. Back in 2013, a very rare series of photos were posted online showing some of the castmembers enjoying a summer holiday, but not everyone was present during that time. Imagine what could have gone down at the hotel when all the major characters decide to party. Imagine Jon Snow and Cersei laughing and having a drink, Brienne and the Hound singing karaoke, Jamie and Bronn smoking cigars, Tyrion winning at poker against the three surviving Stark children. We can’t wait for pictures of such a grand shindig to surface.  

Peter Dinklage was Terrified of Lena Headey

In one sequence in the Dragonpit scene, we see a brief encounter between Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Headey (Cersei Lannister) where they exchange looks. “Lena gives me this look that I NEVER want to see her give me again,” confessed Dinklage, who admitted that the look Lena threw him was brief but very piercing. “I wanted to shrink!” he says. 

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Lena Headey is one of the most talented actors in the cast of Game of Thrones, and she has mastered the skill of having very communicative eyes that can roar in behalf of her subdued whispers. Lena can express a range of emotions just with her eyes. In the Dragonpit sequence alone, she displayed anger, fear, and pure hatred, without speaking.

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