Game of Thrones is a popular but ridiculously expensive show with a huge cast. That “expensive” part comes into play more often than you might think. While there is generally a huge set piece, often a battle scene, appearing around episode 9 out of a 10 episode season run, the show has to cut corners in other ways. Think of how Peter Dinklage was conveniently knocked unconscious just before a battle scene in season one. The book the season was based on does show Tyrion knocked out, but only a bit after the battle has started. Or consider how King Robert’s eventually fatal hunting party was essentially four guys on foot. No horses, and no entourage. Or just how often characters seem to be on foot, even if they were on horseback at some point. These are small ways the show has done things to keep costs down, and Game of Thrones is hardly the only TV show that does it, but there is one method that happens a bit more often than someone stealing the horses between scenes.
One such way is the bottle episode. Continue reading When TV Shows Try To Save Money: The Bottle Episode