Updated: 19th April 2018

That devastating ‘Game of Thrones’ battle was even more epic behind the scenes


Warning: This article contains spoilers for the most recent Game of Thrones episode, The Spoils of War.

Sunday nights epic Game of Thrones battle pitting Daenerys Targaryen, Drogon, and a Dothraki horde against Jaime Lannister, Bronn, and the Lannister army has quickly become one for the ages. It already ranks among the shows top battles for fans, but whats even more incredible is what went into making it happen.

A nearly 14-minute behind-the-scenes video looks at the making of the latest battlewhich Game of Thrones is calling The Loot Train Attackfrom both a storytelling and technical standpoint.

When you have a big battle sequence, especially one where you have multiple points of view, you have to figure out how to balance those and what is this sort of chief point of view that you want to lean on, director Matt Shakman explained. And I chose to focus on Jaime, that it was about being on the other side of a dragon attack. Trying to hold together his troops in the middle of watching the world change forever.

Shakman had his own challenges when trying to figure out how to tell the story while the crew had to figure out how to create something we hadnt seen before. And although Drogon and some of his flames mightve been added in post, much of what we see is real. On top of the emotional story it manages to tell between all of the effects, it may lead some fans to appreciate just what the sequence accomplished even more.

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