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04th Nov 2018

The largest battle in Game of Thrones history is even bigger than what was reported

Paul Moore

Season 8 will have a fight that’s bigger than the Battle of the Bastards

When it comes to Game of Thrones, size doesn’t always matter…unless you’re talking about Podrick (wink, wink)

For example, Ramsay Bolton had the numbers over Jon Snow and he still had his ass handed to him by the King in the North.

Elsewhere, Tyrion Lannister still lives while some of the most ferocious fighters in Westeros have met their maker.  The Wall was meant to be impenetrable but the Night King and Viserion laid waste to the 700 feet tall colossal fortification.

Ultimately, when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. This being said, any attempt at taking the Iron Throne is going to require a lot of manpower and with The Long Night fast approaching, it appears the final battle between the Army of the Dead and the realms of men is going to be epic.

As previously reported, an upcoming battle for the eighth and final season took 55 days to film, more than doubling the amount of time it took to film the Battle Of The Bastards.

In doing so, this upcoming episode has already become a new record setter.

Well, this figure of 55 days is just the tip of the iceberg because a recent report by Entertainment Weekly has added even more blood, death, and destruction to this timeframe.

They’ve stated that these 55 days were only used to film the outdoor locations and that even more filming took place to provide additional scenes for this epic battle.

Here’s what the report states:

“Media outlets around the world ran stories saying the final season’s battle took twice as long as the 25-day shoot for season 6’s climactic Battle of the Bastards. This wildly understated what really happened. The 55 nights were only for the battle’s outdoor scenes at the Winterfell set. Filming then moved into the studio, where Sapochnik continued shooting the same battle for weeks after that.

“It’s brutal,” Dinklage says. “It makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park.”

The battle doesn’t have just one focus, either, but rather intercuts between multiple characters involved in their own survival storylines that each feels like its own genre. “Having the largest battle doesn’t sound very exciting — it actually sounds pretty boring,” Benioff says. “Part of our challenge, and really, Miguel’s challenge, is how to keep that compelling… we’ve been building toward this since the very beginning, it’s the living against the dead, and you can’t do that in a 12-minute sequence.”

As you may know, Miguel Sapochnik is the genius that directed Hardhome, Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter.

Winter is here and the snow is going to be drenched with blood. We can’t wait!

The first image from the final season was also released this week.