game Of thrones Sea­son Six

In­glo­ri­ous Bas­tards

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re­leased 14 novem­ber 2016 | 18 | BLU-RAY/DVD/DOWN­LOAD Showrun­ners david Be­nioff, DB Weiss Cast emilia Clarke, lena Headey, Kit Har­ing­ton, Peter din­klage, maisie Wil­liams

“I have had more shit thrown at me than any other ac­tor on this show,” says Kit Har­ing­ton in one of the be­hind-the-scenes doc­u­men­taries on this set. He’s re­fer­ring to ac­tual shit (as in mud, blood and god only knows what else), but he could be speak­ing psy­cho­log­i­cally as well, given the crap the back-from-the-dead Jon Snow goes through this year. This is most no­table in 2016’s finest hour of telly, “Bat­tle Of The Bas­tards”, which com­bines the fight at the start of Gla­di­a­tor with ev­ery bat­tle from The Lord Of The Rings, to stun­ning ef­fect.

Else­where there’s a sat­is­fy­ing sense that ev­ery­thing’s fi­nally com­ing to­gether for the show’s cli­mac­tic show­down (still two sea­sons off, mind), and while Arya does suf­fer from a de­press­ingly repet­i­tive sub­plot this sea­son, in ev­ery other re­spect the show is on top form.

Ex­tras The DVD has a few deleted scenes, in­clud­ing a longer ver­sion of the play Arya watches (it’s good fun, but you can see why they cut it), as well as a 20-minute piece on the Dothraki and two 30-minute doc­u­men­taries (the one on the film­ing of “Bat­tle Of The Bas­tards” is jaw-drop­ping: so much mud!). There are also com­men­taries on ev­ery episode – three ac­tu­ally have two. The ac­tors’ com­men­tary on “The Door” is a high­light, al­though brace your­self for some scream­ing...

The Blu-ray adds In-Episode Guides which en­able you to iden­tify char­ac­ters, places and his­to­ries on screen as you watch, plus an im­pres­sive ar­ray of 18 car­toons, nar­rated by the ac­tors, il­lus­trat­ing mo­ments from Wes­teros and Es­sos his­tory. Fi­nally, the down­load comes with fea­turettes on “Bran’s jour­ney”, Dothraki cul­ture and pros­thet­ics, plus five in­stal­ments of con­tin­u­ing do­cuseries “The Game Re­vealed”. Jayne Nel­son

“Bat­tle Of The Bas­tards” took 25 days to film, us­ing 500 ex­tras, 600 crew, 80 horses and 160 tonnes of gravel.

Frank’s dan­druff was be­com­ing em­bar­rass­ing.

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