This isn't the first time I have done an execution build. I once had a very nice guillotine on an old Flickr account. I'm not sure why this came to me. I suppose I have always been a bit fascinated by methods of execution and it has been the subject of some of my collegiate studies. I'm not sure how that translates into LEGO builds though.
I did try this with the execution squad present but it looked awful and detracted from the scene. I think as presented, it is much more powerful with the lone condemned.