Ned won me over on day one when he stressed he wanted the iconic fight* to be “dirty”, not stage combat technically correct. Dirty with life and death stakes is what we got, and the illusion was just about perfect.

Ned brought it all to the table: a storyteller’s eye, a deep knowledge of the culture and behavior around sword fighting, and breath-stopping choreography. Kudos to a talented storyteller.

*Ned says this fight in Les Liaisons Dangereuses is on every fight guy’s must do list.