Game of Thrones has been nominated for and won numerous Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, but showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are being recognized for something a little more mind boggling.
In one of the episodes that will appear in show’s upcoming seventh season, more men are set on fire than has ever occurred on screen, according to Benioff. The showrunner told Entertainment Weekly that it was the stunt team’s decision.
“In one battle scene we set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire,” Benioff said. “Our stunt coordinator really wanted to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for this.”
Although Benioff wouldn’t divulge any secrets about the battle in which mass burning takes place, stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam did provide an interesting tidbit about some of the “attacking animals” that will play a big role in the battle.
Yes, the burns will come at the hands of fire-breathing dragons. In the trailer for Game of Thrones, Daenerys’ fully grown dragons can be seen gliding into battle, ready to unleash an attack on her enemies. That fire, according to Irlam, is very real and the team took precautions to ensure that the cast was safe during filming. Irlam told Entertainment Weekly that once the flames are unleashed, the actors, dressed in fire-resistant clothes, have to hold their breath the entire time. If they don’t, actors face real dangers.
“If somebody bumps you and you breathe in by accident, you will breathe in flame,” Irlam said.
The end result is to make the scene as disturbing as possible — to allow the viewers to see the casualties of war through the flame, Irlam said. Although the scene in question is sure to be a memorable moment, akin to the Battle of the Bastards sequence that occurred last season, the stunt coordinator wanted it to be more than just a beautiful shot.
The full effect of the fiery battle will be seen later this summer. Game of Thrones returns on July 16.