Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and her daughter Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) didn’t die on screen in Game of Thrones Season 7, but it turns out that the Sand Snakes’ demise was still pretty stressful for the actresses while filming.
In a new behind-the-scenes video looking back at the season, Varma reveals that life started imitating art on set during Ellaria’s showdown with Cersei, thanks to some heavy duty wristwear.
“Rosabell and I had to wear manacles and we were tied to the wall and we had trouble, because either they’d come undone, because we were fighting against them, or couldn’t get them off,” Varma says. “Literally, at the end of the day, I was like ‘mate, I can’t get it off, can someone help me?’ and everyone’s gone. Pete from props is like, ‘I think we need a saw,’ and I had to be sawn out.”
It’s not quite as traumatic as being tied to the wall and watching your child die in front of you, obvs, but getting stuck in chains after a long day of hardcore scream-acting probably isn’t an ideal way to spend your time.
Even better? Despite the fact that the scene aired as part of episode 3, “It was literally the first day shooting of the season, and it’s a four-and-a-half page, incredibly intense scene,” reveals director Mark Mylod. “So it was a heck of a thing to ask Indira and Lena and Rosa to drop into on day one of shooting.”
For more on the making of Game of Thrones Season 7, check out the video above.