The writing of author George R.R. Martin spawned one of the most popular fantasy TV shows ever with HBO’s Game of Thrones, but Martin didn’t love every scene in the show.
Martin told Entertainment Weekly that his least favorite scene in the show’s eight-season run came at the very start. In Season 1, Game of Thrones was working on a modest budget (for the scale of the production) of around $6 million USD per episode. Due to this, and presumably other factors, the scene were King Robert goes hunting was scaled back beyond Martin’s liking.
“Where we really fell down in terms of budget was my least favorite scene in the entire show, in all eight seasons: King Robert goes hunting,” Martin said. “Four guys walking on foot through the woods carrying spears and Robert is giving Renly s**t. In the books, Robert goes off hunting, we get word he was gored by a boar, and they bring him back and he dies. So I never did [a hunting scene]. But I knew what a royal hunting party was like. There would have been a hundred guys. There would have been pavilions. There would have been huntsmen. There would have been dogs. There would have been horns blowing–that’s how a king goes hunting!”