You can expect many surprises and breath-taking moments in the upcoming eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, including the longest battle sequence ever to take place in the history of the critically acclaimed television series.
According to a new report from GameSpot earlier today, producer Jonathan Quinlan took to Instagram on the weekend to thank the crew and everyone involved for their tireless efforts in locking down the particular scene.
While battle sequences are not uncommon for Game of Thrones, the one being featured in the eighth season has been revealed to have taken nearly three months to film.
“This is for the Night Dragons,” Quinlan stated in a now-deleted post. “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 they’re watching something that’s never been done before. And that’s because of you.”
It was in February when a report surfaced about the entire Winterfell set being set ablaze as part of production for a specific scene. This was later confirmed by other sources as well, further corroborating that the sequence involved a large number of extras — hundreds — in what possibly could be a major battle.
This is likely the same scene that took the production crew more than two months to film. It should be noted that other big battle sequences featured in the series in past seasons have taken around a month at the most to produce.
The upcoming eighth season will boast six episodes in total, the first of which is slated to premiere sometime in April 2019.