No other television show could probably match Game Of Thrones when it comes to battle scenes, whether it be a zombie apocalypse fight north of the wall, or an ambush led by a Queen astride her dragon. The show's per season battle spectacle has set the standard for what is possible in the small screen, it even puts big Hollywood movie blockbusters to shame.
When we hear that the show has wrapped up what could probably be their most epic battle scene in its history, we as fans are not only excited but also intrigued.
Of course HBO has taken great pains to make sure that no plot details are ever leaked from the set. But there are a few things that we can glean, thanks to Thrones fan website Watchers On The Wall . Recently one of the show's Assistant Directors, Jonathan Quinlan shared a thank you-note from the producers for the crew on his Instagram. It has been taken down but not before Watchers On The Wall took a screenshot.
"This is for the Night Dragons. For enduring 55 straight nights. For enduring the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep shit of Toome and 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 that they’re watching something that’s never been done before. And that’s because of you."
It really is a nice tribute for the people who work hard to bring us this epic scene. Remember them when you watch the final season. There are a few things we can get from this, first of all the shooting time of 55 nights is more than double than that of 'The Battle of The Bastards' , the previous record holder. So the fight scene may be longer, or just grander in scale. Quinlan also referred to Toome, Ireland which is the set for Winterfell, so we know where this big battle is going to happen. Next he mentioned Magheramorne quarry, which originally was the set for Castle Black and now according to Watchers On The Wall, is now home to a massive green screen.This hints major usage of CGI, I guess dragons and white walkers are gonna clash big time, and hopefully Ghost will finally appear on screen again!
It may very well point to a very grim ending for the Stark home, since there have been previous footage of the Winterfell set burning. Since the fight may be in an open field we are not sure if the battle scene will be before or after this pivotal moment.
Oh well, we'll just have to wait. ...patiently.
Game of Thrones eighth and final season is set to premier in 2019.