For the past couple of days, Game of Throne’s writers and actors have successfully succeeded in building up the hype for episode 9. According to Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, the show will feature the most remarkable battle ever filmed by the HBO drama.
“It’s pretty huge. It’s the biggest thing we’ve ever filmed for Thrones,” Harington told British TV show The Morning. This is huge considering the shows history. With each season, a number of battles have stolen fan’s hearts leaving many on the edge of their seats. Previous battles include the one at the Wall last year, last season’s battle at Hardhome or the one in season two which took place at King’s Landing.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the battle of the bastards took 25 days to shoot, which is three times longer when compared to most TV episodes. The show made use of 70 horses, four camera crews, 500 extras, 600 crew members and 25 stuntmen. This sounds like quite a lot and the same could be said about the costs involved. On average, the episodes this season cost $AU14 million apiece to produce.
“David and Dan wanted to do a thing of spectacle, a strategic pitchfield battle they hadn’t had the resources to do back in season one or two,” said episode director Miguel Sapochnik.
“Miguel’s rally outdone himself, fully fleshed out medieval battles require a tremendous amount of resources and choreography to get them right. It feels like we’re doing something fresh that you don’t see on TV and movies very often,” added writer David Weiss.
The battle of the bastards will see both Sansa Stark and Jon Snow try to regain their family’s home, Winterfell, which is in the hands of Ramsay Bolton.