To determine which “Game of Thrones” scene was considered unfilmable by the show’s audience, Looper surveyed 615 individuals from the United States for their thoughts on the matter.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) eating a horse’s heart earned the least amount of votes, coming away with 16.59%, narrowly beat out by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) assaulting his sister, Cersei (Lena Headey) in front of their son Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) corpse at 17.56%. Next up was the infamous Red Wedding or any scene involving Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and Theon “Reek” Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) with 19.35%, and Ramsay assaulting Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) on their wedding night took 21.63%, thus making it the runner-up.
The winner of our poll was Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane’s (Conan Stevens) brutal beheading of his horse, securing the remaining 24.88% of the ballots. This scene came in the fifth episode of Season 1, where Clegane took on Ser Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) in a joust and lost as a result of his horse throwing him off of its back. Frustrated over the defeat, he unsheathed his broadsword and removed the poor animal’s head in one swipe before turning his rage on the “Knight of Flowers.” Thankfully, King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) put an end to the conflict, prompting Clegane to storm off.
“Game of Thrones” was never afraid to push the boundaries when it came to how far its fictional bloodshed could go. At the same time, for many, witnessing the abuse of animals is in a category of mental anguish all its own. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Gregor Clegane’s unleashing of his misplaced anger led a fair number of fans to declare such a scene impossible for them to film had the responsibility fallen on their shoulders.