During the Game of Thrones Comic Con panel on July 22nd, “Battle of the Bastards” director Miguel Sapochnik revealed that due to a budget shortage, the ending to the series’ most talked about episode to date was almost very different from what we ended up seeing on screen.
The episode that aired shows what seemed to be the end of Jon Snow and the wildlings, as Ramsay Bolton’s army surrounds them and slowly starts encroaching with shields and pointed javelins. According to Sapochnik, however, the script originally had the allied troops being encased by horses:
‘Originally, we were going to have a lot of horses, like seven horses deep and they were going to charge the horses… and then actually surround the allied troops and crush them with the horses,’ said Sapochnik. ‘The trouble is, if you run horses at people, they don’t like it.’
He continued: ‘The first time they’re alright, the second time they’re like: “I don’t really want to run at these people”, the third time the horses think:
“I’m not going”.
‘So the decision was, we weren’t going to run horses at people, we were going to run people at people.’(via)
Very different, yet much more badass – think back to all the horses we saw charging past Jon during the continuous shot at the start of the battle (beginning at the 2:00 mark below):
So while what we got was still suspenseful, nerve-wracking and exciting, it could’ve been THAT much better had the horses quit being little bitches.