Game of Thrones deleted scenes are here

Posted by CB Droege

A number of deleted scenes from the season 2 Blu-ray of the popular fantasy drama have appeared online.

The Game of Thrones season 2 Blu-ray has just barely hit shelves, and already some of the deleted scenes from within have ended up on YouTube, not posted by HBO. Of course, every show has some scenes that found their way to the cutting room floor, either because they were an alternate version of the events the director couldn’t decide between at shooting time or because the timing of other scenes pushed one or more not-totally-necessary scenes out of the episode time they needed to shoot for. In Game of Thrones, however, many are scenes that were in the books, but which we didn’t get to watch on screen, so getting to see them played out by the television actors is a real treat.

The most interesting of the group is this one featuring Sansa, Tyrion, and Sandor before the battle for the city began. We get to see here the emotional turmoil in Sansa, and the very telling line, “I don’t know any songs anymore." This of course builds up to Sansa’s encounter with Sandor while the city is in chaos later, when he rescues her from attackers in the streets.

The next is a fairly powerful scene between the Tyrell siblings, soon after the death of Renly. The younger Baratheon claimant’s wife and lover discuss how great a man he was and the need to move on from their greif. The performance is heart-breaking, and it’s a surprise that this one didn’t make it in for how powerful it is, despite it not really adding much to the progression of the plot-line.

This one really could have fit in anywhere. Varys and Littlefinger are frequently at one another’s throats subtle and not-so-subtle jibs flowing freely between them. While this insult fest helps us see what a turd Littlefinger really is, I can see why it was ultimately left out.

This last one is odd. It seems like an alternate version of what happened to the dragons versus what we see in the show. That part of the plot is already heavily modified from the source material, so it’s no surprise that there was more to the television version originally, but this scene seems totally off from what is presented in the show, where is seems like the girl who let the dragons get taken was just as much of a victim as the girl who got killed, but here it seems very malicious, dramatically changing the whole event. Also: the dialogue here is strangely stilted, though that could be the performance which is also poor. Perhaps it was cut just for being a badly done scene.

The third season of Game of Thrones, which covers the events of the first half of book three of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, kicks off March 31, 2013 on HBO. If you need to catch up, you can grab the Blu-rays, including the season 2 set with these deleted scenes, over on Amazon.