Nekosan wrote:The problem with epic battle scenes is that they're really easy to screw up and when you do it's never minor, a battle is either awesome as hell or looks totally wanky and there isn't much middle ground.
Yeah that's right. Either you have to commit half your budget on extras, weapons and armour or you are stuck doing it in a dodgy fashion where you film the same 3 cavalry riders but from different sides... I think audiences can see through that one now, and given the much publicised big budget of Game of Thrones, it would have looked bad to half-arse a battle scene. And even when you throw bundles of money at a scene it can go wrong too, so they are risky.
I was disappointed at the lack of battle scenes, sure, particularly from the Whispering Wood, since that is a battle that often gets name dropped in the books. But I guess those who only watch the TV series won't have to worry about that - it probably won't get mentioned at all.