As many of you will know, Game of Thrones is back on Sky TV sets and setting minds and hearts ablaze with its final season of the long running epic show. It’s been a long while since I last watched the show, 2013 to be exact *runs for cover from rabid GOT fans. But from what I do remember of the show (besides its knack for killing off my favourite characters) was its talent for throwing down epic showdowns.Last night the series featured its biggest battle of the entire GOT run, and its a doosey.
This is from the GOT Assistant Director,Jonathan Quinlan who allegedly wrote on his Instagram (before switching it from public to private) about the Battle at Winterfell:
This Is For The Night Dragons: For enduring 55 straight nights. For enduring the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep sh*t of Toome, 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 they’re watching something that’s never been done before. And that’s because of you. Thank you. – The Producer Types, Season VIII, Game of Thrones.
And if that quote wasn’t enough to make the mind boggle at the time, effort and money that went into that intense battle, here’s the picture that encapsulated the ferocity and essence of that battle at Winterfell…
And the caption with it? “55 consecutive nights. 11 weeks. 3 locations. You’ll never again see anything like it.” Daaaaaaaamnn son.
With the crux of the human race facing off the Nightwalkers, the showdown has already been compared to such timeless battles like Lord of the Rings or Saving Private Ryan, with some comparing the GOT battle to be even greater than those other film feature battles.
If we were to compare the length of time and effort put into the Battle at Winterfell against previous GOT battles, this is how they would stack against each other:
- Season 2’s “Blackwater,” – took 3 weeks to shoot
- Season 4’s “The Watchers on the Wall,” – 3 weeks to shoot
- Season 5’s “Hardhome”, nearly a month to shoot.
- Season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards”, took 25-days to shoot
Season 8’s “Battle at Winterfell”, was of course 55 days in total. Again, daaaaaaammmn!
Now the three locations where the filming took place were:
- Moneyglass, where the Winterfell set is located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland
- Saintfield, where the Battle of the Bastards fight took place outside of Winterfell. Location was County Down, Northern Ireland
- Magheramorne Quarry, where the show had set up a giant greenscreen work, (as well as the memorable Castle Black set) located in a tiny hamlet town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland
According to Elite Daily, Miguel Sapochnik was hired to film two episodes. Being the show’s go-to man for directing insane, intense battle scenes, you know that this big battle was a pet project of his. He was hired to film both episodes 3 and 5, so I guess we can expect episode 5 to be quite an eye-opener!
The battle takes place as Winterfell, the ceremonial seat of the ruler of the North and the ancestral home of the House of Stark. Makes sense the final battle takes place where the TV series originally began. The main battle lines are drawn between the notorious Night King and his NightWalkers against, well every one else. The hordes of human armies included the likes of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen led the charge against the army of darkness. Funnily enough it isn’t either of those two that kill off the Night King. Nope, it was this little firecracker. Which I think is fitting, I always like her and I think it’ll be long overdue justice to the House of Stark.
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Image credits: HBO