Game Of Thrones' Final Season Battle Took 11 Weeks To Film

If you - like many others - are sitting there whiling away the hours until the new season of Game of Thrones kicks off in April, you can at least sit there safe in the knowledge that the latest and final series of the world's biggest TV show won't be a disappointment.

According to the folks who make it, we're in for a right old time. Well, we'd expect nothing less to be fair.

Here's the headline - at some point in the final season we're going to see the largest battle in television history. Apparently, it's going to make 'Hardhome' and 'The Battle of the Bastards' look like play fights between two toddlers high on cough syrup.

Well, not in as many words.

In an article published by the folks at Entertainment Weekly, it has been claimed that the whole job took 11 weeks to film - all at night, by the way - and required as many as 750 people at any given time.

That's nearly three months in the freezing countryside in mud, rain, ice, whatever. Oh, and acting involves a lot of standing around, famously.

Bryan Cogman, who is co-executive producer of the HBO flagship show, said: "What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie.

"This final face-off between the army of the dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle. There are sequences built within sequences built within sequences.

"David and Dan [GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] wrote an amazing puzzle and Miguel came in and took it apart and put it together again. It's been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away."

Well, that's some hype to live up to.

Will the Night King rule Westeros? Credit: HBO
Will the Night King rule Westeros? Credit: HBO

They're all at it, mind. Director David Nutter - responsible for three episodes of the final season - added: "The fans will not be let down.

"There are a lot of firsts in these episodes. There's the funniest sequence I've ever shot on this show, the most emotional and compelling scene I've ever shot, and there's one scene where there's so many [major characters] together it feels like you're watching a superhero movie."

Fair enough, it sounds pretty damn amazing, to be fair. If only there were some way of showing us what might happen and giving us a taste for what is going to go on.

Perhaps - I don't know - a trailer of some sort? You know, one that isn't a collaboration with a light beer company?

It'll never catch on.

Come on, guys - 14 April is a long way away, we need something.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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