'Game Of Thrones' Producers Explain Why Jon Snow Wouldn't Bend The Knee

And justify Jamie and Cersei's decision

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Spoilers? A fair few.

Last week's episode of Game of Thrones was a feast of manipulative mind-games and tested allegiances. So much so we're still unpacking all of those tense scenes four days later.

One moment that stood out was the long-awaited meeting of Khaleesi and the King in the North, where Jon refused to bend the knee to the mother of dragons, despite having his own battles to fight, seemingly not caring about the Iron Throne and having travelled hundreds of miles at her request.

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The producers of the show explained the reasoning behind his decision and the significance of the scene in a behind the episode video.

"The spine of the episode is about their meeting," producer Dan Weiss said. "It was an exciting thrilling thing to watch even as we were shooting it."

David Benioff explained, "That audience chamber was built by Aegon Targaryen to intimidate anyone who came there."

Weiss continued, "He doesn't have much insight into what she's gone through so I think he see's a rich girl with a fancy name sitting in a big chair with a fancy dress on, proclaiming herself Queen of the World, so I don't think he's looking upon her with as much respect as she has come to take as her due."

"He's a very strong-willed person," Benioff agreed. "He didn't come down here to bend the knee and join her in her fight against Cersei, none of that matters at this point, all that matters is fighting the dead."

They also delved into reverse impression saying, "She looks at him and see's an unwashed barbarian from the north and a bastard whose name is Jon Snow yet he's calling himself King, but if she knew what he'd seen she'd be looking very very differently at what he's telling her. At this moment in time all she see's is someone trying to carve up a piece of her kingdom for himself. But if what this guy is saying really is true then it really is an issue."

Looking towards the end of the episode the producers justified Cersei and Jamie's surprise decision to move troops from Casterly Rock and trick the Dothraki into attacking there whilst they ambushed Highgarden.

Benioff said, "Jamie knows he doesn't have the forces to defend both [King's Landing and Casterly Rock] and makes this strategic decision to give up Casterly Rock and use it as a decoy to lure to the unsullied over there to take it and get them on the exact wrong side of the continent."

"The siege of Casterly Rock is so much about what doesn't happen" he added. "How it goes contrary to expectations."

They also explained that slightly confusing time jump which saw Jamie suddenly appear in Highgarden having been hundreds of miles away in King's Landing.

"We decided to cut right to Jamie single-mindedly making his way to the person he's there to see which is Olenna Tyrell. Jamie finally gets to turn the tables on someone and kill one of his enemies which is something we haven't seen that much throughout the series, and she still wins the scene."

"She beats him int he middle of her death scene and there's nothing he can do about it, he knows it's true the moment she says it."

You can see the full 'Inside The Episode' video here: