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Weiss reveals how they deal with a death scene:
>"Weiss noted that when filming a show or movie, THE AMBIGUITY of Martin’s final Dance with Dragons chapter is tougher to pull off—a producer typically has to clearly commit to a character’s fate, one way or the other. “In a book, you can present that kind of ambiguity,” Weiss said. “In a show, everybody sees it for what it is. It’s that rule: ‘If don’t see the body then they’re not really dead.’ Like when we cut Ned’s head off, we didn’t want a gory Monty Python geyser of blood, but WE NEEDED TO SEE THE BLADE ENTER HIS NECK and CUT OUT ON THE FRAME WHERE THE BLADE WAS MIDNECK—it was LONGEST DISCUSSION ever of where to cut a frame;
Nutter reveals D&D's intents towards Stannis' "death" scene:
>Nutter revealed to the Journal that he DIDN'T EVEN FILM ANY SHOTS of Brienne’s sword going into Stannis, NOT EVEN for safety. “Dave and Dan were VERY CLEAR with how they wanted the scene dealt with and handled, and I WAS THERE TO PROVIDE THAT for them,” he said.
Ambiguous ending of ADWD (stannis is supposed to be dead but he's alive, just like in the show):
>"Weiss noted that when filming a show or movie, the ambiguity of Martin’s final Dance with Dragons chapter is tougher to pull off"
>ADWD ends in a "Stannis is dead" cliffhanger (Pink Letter)
>Season 5 ends in a "Stannis is dead" cliffhanger (Brienne's 'execution')
>Stannis starts out with a massive disadvantage and slowly builds up loyalty with the northern lords through hard earned victories and astute politicking.
>Stannis is in a massive disadvantage but will slowly build up loyalty with the northern lords through Sansa and her claim to the North.
>Ramsay just lost Reek and his wife, and it's revealed they're with Stannis in the next book's sample chapter
>Ramsay just lost Reek and his wife, and it's revealed they're with Stannis in the next season