We’ve seen huge battles on Game of Thrones earlier than, from the conflict at Blackwater to the Battle of the Bastards to fights for survival past the Wall. Season eight is coming, although, and the present’s creators are promising one thing greater than something we have ever seen earlier than.
Earlier this yr, it was reported the Game of Thrones crew undertook 55 evening shoots to movie a single sequence for the upcoming last season, signalling an bold try and make one thing actually epic. While that does certainly sound like an epic effort, although, it seems these 55 nights had been solely a part of the story.
In a brand new function at Entertainment Weekly on the manufacturing of the ultimate season, the present’s creators reveal that the 55 evening shoots had been only a portion of a fair bigger sequence that the crew then continued to shoot on soundstages for a number of weeks after these nights had been over. The final aim: To produce an unprecedented, episode-long battle sequence laced with particular person narratives that can high each different conflict within the present’s historical past, and maybe in all of tv.
“It’s brutal,” star Peter Dinklage stated. “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park.”
To obtain this feat — which is, it needs to be apparent, a conflict between our Westerosi heroes and the encroaching Army of the Dead — creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss turned to Miguel Sapochnik, who beforehand directed “Battle of the Bastards.” They additionally expanded their present Winterfell units, including extra exterior ramparts and towers to create one thing extra like an actual fortress that dominates the panorama, and never simply the facade of 1. It’s not all about scope, although. One of the explanations the sequence took so lengthy was not simply the dimensions, however the necessity to hold all the pieces rooted within the characters.
“Having the largest battle doesn’t sound very exciting — it actually sounds pretty boring,” Benioff stated. “Part of our challenge, and really, Miguel’s challenge, is how to keep that compelling… we’ve been building toward this since the very beginning, it’s the living against the dead, and you can’t do that in a 12-minute sequence.”
So when Game of Thrones returns subsequent yr, put together your self for the last word battle, and for the certainity that not everybody will survive.