Battle Of Winterfell Brings More Major ‘Game Of Thrones’ Characters Together Than Ever Before

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 04.03.19
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It’s that time of year when I’m really starting to feel for the thousands of people in offices, on the internet and down the local pub who have to deal with weeks upon weeks of Game Of Thrones chat despite not watching the show.

I know it’s only for like six weeks but I really don’t think they’re fully prepared for the avalanche of GoT content that’s about to descend on them.

It’s going to be inescapable; an inevitable and dizzying wall of fan theories, reviews, live reactions and memes that will grip the entertainment world by its balls.

I can’t f*cking wait. Although I am on tenterhooks about keeping up with it all and writing enough articles. Hook writer Alfie Powell’s had a lucky escape (he doesn’t watch it.)

Of course most of us are absolutely dying to see what the fate of Westeros is, which will largely boil down to what happens in the Battle of Winterfell – the climactic battle between the Night King and his forces of undead and our heroes in the North.

The episode – widely expected to be number 3 or 4 in the upcoming eighth season – will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who previously tackled “Hardhome” and the Emmy-winning “Battle of the Bastards”. It’s here where the destinies of Jon Snow, Daenerys, Tyrion, Arya, Sansa and Brienne of Tarth will be decided. For better or worse.

As per Entertainment Weekly in their brilliant, in-depth feature of the battle, it is “expected to be the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film, bring[ing] the largest number of GoT major characters together since the show’s debut episode in 2011.”

Oh yes. Oh YES.

EW spoke to a number of crew members on set, including co-executive producer Bryan Cogman who told them:

“What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie.”

“This final face-off between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle. There are sequences built within sequences built within sequences. David and Dan [wrote] an amazing puzzle and Miguel came in and took it apart and put it together again. It’s been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away.”

Not only was it unprecedented in terms of the show itself, but in overall scale too. EW say that shooting for the battle took 11 weeks to film, with up to 750 people working in freezing temperatures to get it done.

“Nothing can prepare you for how physically draining it is,” said Maisie Williams, who incredibly makes her battlefield debut this season. “It’s night after night, and again and again, and it just doesn’t stop. You can’t get sick, and you have to look out for yourself because there’s so much to do that nobody else can do…there are moments you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry.”

The lengths these good people will go to in order to please us folk. I suppose it’s like me with you guys.

You’re welcome.

News of this comes fresh off the back of HBO releasing a series of exclusive photos of the upcoming series.

Each pic shows one of the show’s major characters – including the Night King – sat on the Iron Throne. Could he really be the winner in all this?

It wouldn’t surprise me.

It’s just got to be exceptional now, hasn’t it?

With all this build-up – and still no proper trailer – there’s just no way it can’t be good.

Imagine if it was crap, though. All those years wasted.

The pressure. I’d wilt.

Let’s hope they don’t disappoint the world when season eight drops on April 14th/15th.

H/T: Entertainment Weekly

Images via HBO/Twitter