David Nutter, who directed Game Of Thrones season 8 episode 4, has been chatting about the journey of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen in the episode. Here’s what he said…
Nutter, who has been directing for the show since 2012, also shot the first and third episodes of this new and final season. As such, he’s been able to see Dany’s character arc taking shape.
At the start of episode 4, we see Dany having a quiet word with Iain Glen’s Jorah Mormont before his body is burnt.
“I don’t know what she said to him,” Nutter told Collider. “We never talked about that. I wanted her to actually own that and have that be her one thing that she can say to Jorah that’s hers and hers alone.”
We then see Dany at the great piss-up at Winterfell, where she is treated like an outsider.
“It was very important to sell the fact that she really was alone and to really get that,” Nutter says of this scene. “I think that Emilia is such a fine actress that doing things like moving the camera around her at a slower pace or something, and doing something a little off center or doing something a little more personal toward her would help us feel – as an audience – involved.”
By the end of the episode, Dany had lost another dragon and her BFF Missandei has been beheaded.
“I’ve never seen Dany that angry and that determined. So, I would keep my head down when it comes to the next episode,” Nutter added.
Will Dany get a chance for revenge against Cersei, or will Jaime and/or Arya get to her first? We’ll just have to keep watching to find out who’s at the front of the Cersei-killing queue…