Game of Thrones: Why the present’s warriors shout ‘banana’ when a battle goes too far


Imagine you are standing past the Wall and you end up surrounded by a dozen half-rotted wights dashing at you from all sides. Or think about you are at Casterly Rock and you’ve got simply been ambushed by the Unsullied with nowhere to go. Or, worse nonetheless, think about you must battle The Mountain, and he is feeling significantly sadistic that day. 

If you suppose you will not survive it, there’s just one means out: Shout “Banana!” as loudly as you may. Or at the least, that is what you do in case you’re on a set moderately than in Westeros itself. 

As Game of Thrones prepares for its closing spherical of episodes in simply a few weeks, the present’s solid and crew are giving increasingly more interviews about how they made it, and whereas they don’t seem to be divulging something about Season 8’s plot, they’re providing up loads of amusing particulars from the set.

In a brand new interview with Entertainment Weekly, stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam mentioned the varied methods by which he tries to maintain the actors and his stunt performers protected all through the course of the sequence. That contains the whole lot from follow runs to fireproof fits for dragon assaults to, apparently, a moderately amusing protected phrase that anybody can shout if the pretend combating begins to really feel somewhat too actual.

“When we’re doing these battles and people are screaming and crying and dying, you might not know if anyone’s in trouble,” Irlam mentioned. “So our safe word was always ‘banana.’ If someone started shouting ‘banana!’ at the top of their voice, you’d know they’re in trouble.”

Game of Thrones is a particularly visually efficient present. Its battle scenes really feel actual, brutal, and chaotic. Some followers react to the violent deaths of beloved characters virtually as in the event that they had been members of their very own household. We know it is fiction, however we nonetheless really feel it in our bones when the sword comes down. Now think about an actor getting ready to swing a pretend sword at one other actor, and the second man yells “Banana!” in a robust British accent as a result of the final sword-swing hit him somewhat too onerous on the hand or one thing. 

It’s a bit odd, and even humorous, to consider, nevertheless it’s all within the service of preserving the actors from truly being impaled or slashed or fractured by their weapons.

“It needs to look like a complete maniacal riot, but you have to make sure that no one gets so much as a chipped tooth or a sprained ankle,” Irlam mentioned. “We’re trying to make it look as dangerous as possible, but we also try to keep it as safe as possible.”

Game of Thrones returns April 14 on HBO.


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