They say that in the game of thrones you either win or you die, but stakes on the show’s set should never run that high. According to Game of Thrones stunt coordinator Rowley Irlan, Drogon’s fiery antics in “The Dance of Dragons” (Season 5, Episode 9) burned up to 20 people (19, according to the show’s art director) but was completely safe.
Irlam and his team used a 45-foot flamethrower on a crane to simulate the dragon’s head while it shot flames at almost two dozen stunt people.
“That was a new record I think,” Irlam told Express. “It was the most amount of people that had been set on fire in one day.”
“We endeavor to shoot a sequence that is very dynamic, exciting, looks really dangerous but it’s never our intention to hurt anyone and we would never do anything recklessly,” Irlam elaborated. “You do have tiny nicks and bumps and hands get knocked with the sword but we don’t have any big accidents as we always make sure everyone knows what it going to happen next.”
Looks pretty damn real.
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