“That’s so epic… I can now die happy”: Behind the Scenes of Sophie Turner's Defining Moment with Game of Thrones Creators
2024/03/28

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David Benioff, co-showrunner of "Game of Thrones," alongside D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo, delved into the profound impact of a pivotal scene from the series' sixth season, starring Sophie Turner. The scene's crux, Sansa Stark's cold, calculated retribution against the villainous Ramsay Bolton, captured through Turner's exceptional portrayal, was a defining achievement for Benioff.   As Ramsay meets his end at the jaws of his starved hounds, a consequence of his own cruelty, Sansa's departing smile seals the act of vengeance, an image so powerful, it took multiple takes to perfect but ultimately fulfilled Benioff's artistic aspirations.

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The conversation also touched upon the most controversial character demises they'd penned, including the widely celebrated death of Joffrey Baratheon.   However, it was Ramsay's downfall that stood out, not just for the act itself but for Sansa's reaction, showcasing Turner's acting prowess.

Furthermore, the creators reflected on the divisive final season, acknowledging the backlash but also sharing moments of unexpected support, illustrating the polarized reception among fans and critics alike.   Despite the controversy and the mixed reviews culminating in a disappointing approval rating, moments of appreciation from fans, including an unexpected compliment from a Homeland Security officer, offered a glimmer of positivity amidst widespread criticism. 

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