Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers about the Game of Thrones season finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf."
I don't know about you, but I'm still basking in the afterglow of the season finale of Game of Thrones. It was nice to get confirmation on Jon's parentage; it was about time that Littlefinger got what he deserved; and The Wall coming down offered more destruction than most disaster films. Action packed and clocking in at around 80 minutes, it was the longest episode of Game of Thrones yet.
But apparently it could have been even longer. In an interview with Variety, Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark, reveals that there was a scrapped scene in which Sansa gets some advice from the Three-Eyed Raven.
"We actually did a scene that clearly got cut, a short scene with Sansa where she knocks on Bran’s door and says, 'I need your help,' or something along those lines. So basically, as far as I know, the story was that it suddenly occurred to Sansa that she had a huge CCTV department at her discretion and it might be a good idea to check with him first before she guts her own sister. So she goes to Bran, and Bran tells her everything she needs to know, and she’s like, 'Oh, sh*t.'"
It doesn't sound like we missed out on anything important, and without that scene, it preserves the impact of Sansa's "surprise" execution of Littlefinger. If this scene had remained in the episode, I think it would have diminished the impact. Then we would have known the "bring me my sister" bit was just a ruse, and it would have taken the tension out of the scene in the Great Hall.
Kudos to you, director Jeremy Podeswa, for knowing to take out the unnecessary scene.