In "Oathkeeper", Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her dragons conquered the city of Meereen, giving this character her first true home since the HBO series began, since Daenerys has spent each season in transit, often living in tents. This marks a turning point in her quest to become Queen of Westeros, now that she has a seat of power. Unlike the Iron Throne, which is made from the swords of Westeros' enemies, Daenerys opts for a modest bench, as you can see in these photos below. Fans won't get to see this room until "The Laws of God and Men", airing Sunday, May 11 on HBO, but you can get an early look in these images, then read on for more details from showrunner/series co-creator David Benioff.
The series is well-known for its massive set pieces, but David Benioff revealed that this room was one of the biggest challenges for production designer Deborah Riley in Season 4, which is set atop an 800-foot pyramid.
"It was maybe the the biggest challenge [production designer] Deborah Riley faced and was probably the [set] we were most nervous about," says showrunner David Benioff of the pyramid and its interior sets. "It's really easy to go into a big sci-fi territory. It's really a testament to Deb. She designed both the audience chamber, where it's a grand room where Dany sits on her bench, and her personal quarters at top of the pyramid - they're just gorgeous. Incredibly experienced crew people were gasping. More and more things are CG. But we've done these lavish huge sets and there something old Hollywood about that that I love. As much as we have an incredible [special effects] team, the best in the world, and we rely on them for so many things, for the actors there's something different about walking into a real environment and being in a room that has the power you're trying to convey. It's almost like the way cathedrals were designed to create awe. If you were a peasant and been working in fields your whole life and never seen a city, you'd walk into a cathedral for the first time and you walk inside and that's a religious experience - because you've never seen anything like this."
Fans can see this enormous throne room in its entirety on the upcoming episode "The Laws of God and Men", airing Sunday, May 11 on HBO.