Get ready for some crazy action in the final season of Game of Thrones. According to the Game of Thrones fansite Watchers on the Wall, the production has just an arduous shoot for one of its upcoming battle sequences, and when we say big, we mean big. Let me go ahead and throw some numbers in for you, just so you can have an idea fo what we mean.
Let’s take a look at two of their biggest battle scenes so far — Battle of the Bastards from Season 6 and the Loot Train Attack from Season 7. The former battle took 25 days of shooting and the latter took 23 days of shooting. That’s more than a few weeks of hard labor, that’s for sure, and is enough time to shoot an entire film for many smaller productions.
So how does this new battle stack up? This one took 55 straight nights. Now, on the surface, that seems like around double the others, but probably not, as nights generally are shorter than days. So they likely only had two-thirds to half of your standard day to actually shoot, but it’s impressive nonetheless. The production had 400-500 or so extras and was shot over multiple locations.
Jonathan Quinlan, an assistant director on the series, posted a photo on Instagram which contained a note thanking everyone for their hard work. He has since removed the photo, but luckily, the Watchers on the Wall took a screencap. Here’s what it said.
This is for the Night Dragons.
For enduring 55 straight nights. For enduring the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep s**t of Toome and the winds of Magheramorne.
When tens of millions of people around the world watch this episode a year from now, they won’t know how hard you worked. They won’t care how tired you were or how tough it was to do your job in sub-freezing temperatures.
They’ll just understand that they’re watching something that’s never been done before.
And that’s because of you.
The Producer Types
Sounds like we have something pretty badass to look forward to in next year’s Game of Thrones season. The only thing I worry about is that it seems to be a night battle. Call me old, but I tend to have a hard time following night battle scenes, so hopefully, it’s lit well enough (Though I guess the Battle of Blackwater turned out okay).
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SOURCE: Watcher On The Wall