How House of the Dragon Fixed George RR Martin's most hated Game of Thrones Scene

How House of the Dragon Fixed George RR Martin's most hated Game of Thrones Scene ...

House of the Dragon has resolved some of George RR Martin's biggest issues with Game of Thrones.

The fantasy author was heavily involved in the HBO award-winning adaptation of his novels, and in general, he was appreciative of the outcome.

There are two moments from Season One of Game of Thrones that never lived up to Martin's expectations.

The first season of the show had to work out the complex details of this vast, high-fantasy world all with a tight production budget, which proved difficult even with one of the biggest TV budgets (at the time of its release in 2011) of $6 million per episode.

Martin said his "favorite scene in the whole show" was when King Robert goes hunting in the woods with a handful of men and is attacked by a boar.

Martin explained that the scene he had planned for the hunt was not in line with what he had envisioned, saying: "My least favorite scene in the entire show, in all eight seasons, is King Robert goes hunting."

"Renly is giving Renly shit by four guys walking on foot through the woods carrying spears." In the book, Robert goes off hunting, we learn that he was eaten by a boar, and they return him and he dies.

"So I never [wrote a hunting scene]. But I knew what a royal hunting party was like," said the narrator.

Martin continued to suggest how the scene should have been shot, saying: "There would have been a hundred men. There would have been pavilions. There would have been huntsmen."

"There would have been dogs. There would have been horns blowing, thats how a king goes hunting!" He would not have just been wandering through the woods with three of his friends holding spears hoping to meet a boar.

Martin finally got a King-sized hunt in episode three of House of the Dragon, as King Viserys set out on a royal hunt at the lavish level that Martin had hoped for.

Martin had one more problem with the first season of Game of Thrones, when the budget again restricted the scope of a jousting tournament.

"There were a lot of factors that we had to reduce," the author said of the series. "The jousting tournament was one of them.

"A tournament sponsored by the King and the Capital in the Middle Ages was a major event." [Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman] wrote a faithful version [in the original script]

"There were dozens of knights, you saw eight different jousts, you felt a sense of pageantry and competitors rising and falling, and the commoners betting."

Martin was displeased that the series could not afford to construct a tournament environment as lavish as some small budget movies such as A Knight's Tale.

"We should have been at least as big as A Knight's Tale, but we couldn't even achieve that," he said. "The only jousts we saw were crucial to the plot. Still, I thought it worked pretty well."

As the series' debut began with a packed tournament, the lavish budget of the House of the Dragon was once again poised to bring the author's vision to fruition.

Seasons 1-8 of Game of Thrones are now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Season one will be available on HBO Sundays and Mondays in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic and NOW.