The historical reference you might have missed in the Game Of Thrones finale
As the ‘Game of Thrones’ series opens, we watch Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) study the incredible devastation his Queen has inflicted on the city and its citizens. The notes in the script called for the scene to be shot in the “Son of Saul” style. Released in 2015, “Son of Saul” follows Saul Ausländer (Géza Röhrig), a prisoner of the Nazi extermination camp in Auschwitz during World War II. The style of the film uses tight shots of Saul’s face throughout, which allows audiences to read all the emotions on the character’s face as he witnesses the atrocities of humanity. These same emotions are evident on Tyrion’s face as he wanders the ruined city.
Additional script notes paint an even darker idea of the state of the city. The “Game of Thrones” creative team described the destruction Tyrion sees as “human figures on the ground scorched by dragons where the ashes were carried away, the negative image of the figures of Hiroshima.” As most know, the Japanese city of Hiroshima was the target of the first atomic weapon used in combat. The bomb killed some 140,000 people, or about 40% of the city’s population, with the vast majority perishing in the bomb blast and tens of thousands killed later from the weapon’s effects. atomic.
The events of World War II are among the darkest in our history. It is no wonder that the writers of “Game of Thrones” took inspiration from these atrocities to achieve the final and devastating battle of the last episodes of the series.