Game of Thrones is, in some ways, the story of an prolonged and multi-tiered conflict. It started on a small scale with palace intrigue at King’s Landing and has since grown to eat your complete continent of Westeros, however it was all the time on some stage one huge combat. In the case of this explicit present, that huge combat means stunts, and plenty of them.
We’re now lower than one month away from the premiere of Thrones‘ closing season, and to assist tide us over HBO has launched one other installment of its “Inside Game of Thrones” behind-the-scenes video sequence, this time specializing in stunts. The present’s stunt coordinator, Rowley Irlam, has overseen all stunt work on the sequence for the ultimate 4 seasons, and whereas he is actually helped choreograph and execute loads of sword fights and spectacular falls there’s one factor the present’s actually turn into identified for within the stunt division.
“We burn more people than anybody else, basically,” Irlam stated.
Yes, whereas the dragons on Game of Thrones aren’t actual, the fireplace they breathe fairly often is, and actual stunt individuals have to face in the way in which of it and permit themselves to be ignited. Safety, after all, turns into a prime precedence, and that features a number of layers of clothes — a few of it soaked in chilly, fireproof gel beforehand — to guard from the blaze, frequent non-fire rehearsals, and a most burn time of 15 seconds to maintain issues from getting too scorching.
“We’re trying to create this really dynamic frame of action,” Irlam stated. “We’d love to go home at the end of the day and no one’s paid any kind of price for it.”
The present’s frequent scenes through which Daenerys Targaryen instructions her dragons to flambé an enemy began considerably small in Slaver’s Bay, however they’ve simply stored rising in scale, requiring increasingly stunt performers to don the multi-layered costume and latex masks that hold them protected within the flames. This reached a brand new excessive within the Season 7 episode “The Spoils of War,” through which Daenerys and her dragon Drogon assault the Lannister loot practice bringing again the gold taken from the House Tyrell seat of Highgarden.
“The show just keeps getting bigger. We did 73 full fire burns during loot train. We did 20 in one shot,” Irlam stated. “That was a record for TV. We didn’t do it wantonly to set a record. I was aware of it, obviously, and everyone likes that, but it was for the shot. That was the shield wall and everyone getting hit. So it had a purpose, not just a record.”
Season 8, which guarantees to function the largest battle the present has ever depicted, is quick approaching. Could it function one other record-breaking stunt efficiency? We’ll discover out in a number of weeks.
Game of Thrones returns April 14 on HBO.