Game of Thrones: Sam Tarly actor talks filming that gruesome greyscale scene with Ser Jorah
It was a pretty rough ride for poor old Ser Jorah Mormont in this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. With his greyscale now spreading across his entire body, Jim Broadbent’s Archmaester Ebrose informed Jorah that it was too late for any effective cure and that he would have to live out the rest of his days in old Valyria with the stone men.
However, Sam Tarly came to rescue the day, offering to perform an untried and high risk operation that would remove the infected tissue from Jorah’s body and hopefully provide him with the chance to reunite with his beloved Khaleesi once more.
The result was a totally stomach-turning scene which involved Sam hacking away at the greyscaled skin with a scalpel, while Jorah yelled out in agony. And let’s just say there was lots of pus…
Sam actor John Bradley has since spoken about filming the gruesome procedure, revealing how it took a whole team of people to execute.
“It was a really big operation,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Mark Mylod, our director, would count down from three, and when we reached one, I would open up the tiny little hole in the prosthetic, and at that exact moment, the guy with the pus pump let it go and it squirted out of the hole.
“As I was pulling away at the prosthetic, they were pumping away and releasing more pus through the prosthetic. It looked disgusting on the day, too.
“It looks disgusting even when you know it’s latex and that there’s a man nearby with a bucket filled with creamy gunk. It looks so disgusting. You look down, and you genuinely believe in what it is.”
Game of Thrones airs Mondays at 2am and 9pm on Sky Atlantic.