Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones promises to be on of the most epic of the season, and will most certainly have the biggest battle in the entire series. “Battle of the Bastards” will finally show us between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, and HBO isn’t holding back.
So how big will this bastard battle really be? Entertainment Weekly released the figures behind Season 6, Episode 9, and what it took to pull off the massive fight sequence.
Take a quick look and marvel i all everything it took to film Game of Thrones‘ “Battle of the Bastards”:
600 Crew Members
The 600 crew members mean everyone from the camera operators to the locations manager.
500 Trained Extras
In order to making up Jon and Ramsay’s armies, the extras had to be trained in combat to play archers, spearmen, swordsmen and the like. Interestingly enough though, they had to be trained separately to pull off the sense that they were truly on opposite sides and enhancing the sense of rivalry. In Sunday night’s episode, these 500 actors will be turned into thousands with the help of special effects.
160 Tons of Gravel
Given the wet landscape where they filmed, the production team had to bring in 160 tons of gravel to help give the horses some traction.
That’s a lot of horses.
25 Stuntmen and Women
In addition to the extras, there were 25 stuntmen and women on set to help pull off those really crazy scenes.
25 Days of Shooting
According to EW, the average shooting time for an episode is shot between 8 and 12 days. Game of Thrones more than doubled that for just one battle scene alone! Pretty impressive.
4 Camera Crews
Not four camera operaters, for entire camera crews! Given the number of extras, horses, and stunt people involved, they certainly need someone to take in all of that action.
An exact dollar amount hasn’t been released for “Battle of the Bastards” alone, but we do know that the whole of Season 6 cost upwards of $10 million per episode. Given the figures above and the sheer scale we’ve seen so far, it’s probably safe to say that Episode 9 will be its most expensive of the season.
As a fan of all things movie and TV trivia, I’m fascinated by this breakdown. But, let’s be honest, the only thing we really care about is — and which ones — will die in “Battle of the Bastards.”
Game of Thrones will air on Sunday Night on HBO.
Who do you think is going to die in “Battle of the Bastards?” Let us know in the comments section?
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