The special premiere of the 20 minute "Dance of Dragons" animated featurette from the Game of Thrones Season 5 Blu-ray set held at Herald Square, New York City; with an introduction by its scriptwriter Dave Hill. .................Parts of the featurette got edited for content, apparently due to unavoidable rules about public screenings. They'd either cut these segments or have the camera zoom in on another part of the screen. Among them:
- The shot of the dragon Arrax decapitated is cut.
- The shot showing that Queen Helaena's son Jaehaerys was decapitated. This can be a little confusing, because in the process they cut the dialogue indicating that while she chose her 3 year old son Maelor to die, Blood and Cheese then tormented her by killing her older son instead (so she had to live with the grief of keeping the son she'd chosen to die - further driving her mad with grief).
- When Helaena commits suicide by throwing herself into the castle moat and impaling herself on the spikes below, the shot of her actually impaled on a spike is cut (even though it was only presented as an in-video book illustration) - the camera just zooms to the side.
- The shot of Rhaenys's corpse burned to a crisp of ash after Rook's Rest is cut.
- The shot of Daemon's sword plunging into Aemond's eye is edited; as Oberyn's oration states, he plunged the Valyrian steel blade through his eye so hard that it completely impaled his head and came out through the back of his neck. The video zooms in to only show the sword and the to of Aemond's head, so you don't see the blade going into his eye or out the back of the head.
- Shots of the dragons dying in the Dragonpit are edited to take out some of the bloody axe swings.
I don't blame them for these edits or anything - unavoidable due to public screening rules. You know George R.R. Martin has desensitized you to violence when you're surprised they don't show decapitations on-screen at the site of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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