‘Game of Thrones’ creators scrap blumpkin scene from season finale

(SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the Season 4 finale of the HBO fantasy drama “Game of Thrones.” But if you haven’t seen the episode by now, you probably have no idea what the term “Spoiler Alert” even means, and you probably don’t know how to read, so why am I even typing this?)

DUBROVNIK, Croatia — David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the wildly popular HBO fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” admitted on Monday the jaw-dropping scene in which Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) kills his father, Tywin (Charles Dance), in Sunday’s season four finale initially had a much different look and feel.

“The initial script called for that scene to be far, far different from the scene we ultimately filmed for the finale,” admitted Benioff, who was already in Croatia scouting locations for the fifth season that’s scheduled to begin shooting in the coming months. “Dan and I wrote the episode and we thought we did a good job with our initial depiction of Tyrion finding and ultimately murdering Tywin. But we eventually decided to go in a different direction.”

In the scene that aired Sunday, Tyrion, sentenced to death by his father for a murder he did not commit, escapes from prison with the help of his brother, Jaime, and Small Council member Varys. But before he escapes, Tyrion is compelled to visit the chambers of his father, where he finds his one-time lover and eventual betrayer, Shae, in his father’s bed. After murdering Shae, Tyrion soon finds his father in the privy, where, after a brief discussion, he kills Tywin with a crossbow.

While the scene shocked viewers, who immediately took to social media to share their surprise, Benioff and Weiss insist the scene viewers witnessed on Sunday was far less shocking than the one they had initially written before filming the episode.

“The script we first wrote did include Tyrion finding both Shae and Tywin in Tywin’s quarters,” said Weiss. “But we initially had Tyrion find them both in the privy, where Tywin was euphorically receiving a blumpkin from Shae when Tyrion walks in with Joffrey’s crossbow. Tyrion responds with anger and horror upon seeing this, though he’s also intrigued. But that fascination is not enough to save Shae or Tywin.”

A blumpkin, in which a man receives oral sex while evacuating his bowels, has never before been depicted on television or in film, and both Benioff and Weiss admit their hesitancy to be the first to depict such a sexually devious act is what ultimately led them to alter the scene.

“I think and hope by now that the ‘Game of Thrones’ audience is ready to be shocked,” said Benioff. “But this probably would have shocked them in a wholly different way than they’ve been shocked in the past, and that was a way neither of us were entirely comfortable with.”

No such discomfort plagued Dance or Sibel Kekilli, the actress who plays Shae. Both actors read Benioff and Weiss’ first script, with neither raising so much as an eyebrow in protest of the initially perverse portrayal of their characters’ untimely demise.

“Chuck Dance has been around the block,” Dance said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly after the finale aired on Sunday. “So if you think Chuck Dance is startled at the prospect of filming a blumpkin scene, then you don’t know Chuck Dance. There’s nothing Chuck Dance won’t do to nail a scene, and if nailing a scene calls for Chuck Dance to be orally gratified while making a bit of bun fudge in the loo, then Chuck Dance intends to whip up a batch of English brown while a young damsel orally stimulates his penis.”

Kekilli, whose pre-“Thrones” resume includes a brief stint as a pornographic actress in Germany, was just as committed as Dance to the creators’ initial script.

“I trust David and Dan implicitly, so if they felt Shae should degrade herself to the point where she performs oral sex on a senior citizen while that senior citizen moves his bowels, then I have no problem doing that,” Kekilli said. “And let’s be honest, I’ve done a lot worse on film.”

In spite of their actors’ comfort levels, Benioff and Weiss decided to change the scene, a change they feel they would make again.

“No one knows what George (R.R. Martin) has in store for the future books,” Weiss said in reference to the author of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which was the first of a still uncompleted series of novels on which the television show is based. “He might have a scene in which (Daenerys Targaryen) gives Daario (Naharis) a Cleveland Steamer, and we’d certainly entertain filming such a scene if it’s imperative to Dany’s storyline. But at this point we just didn’t think our viewers were ready to see an aging megalomaniacal despot indulging his deviant sexual proclivities shortly before he’s unceremoniously killed by his dwarf son.”

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