There’s no doubt that #GameOfThrones is making a run for top spot as one of the most expensive television series ever made. This fact is made more evident with the ninth episode of season six scheduled to be released today. The producers of the show says that the latest episode titled “Battle of the Bastards” took 25 days to film in addition to other requirements including 600 crew members, 70 horses and a whooping 500 extras.
This enormous number on television sets are usually difficult to control and are only required in the most expensive of productions. The large number of crew, cast and animals was to ensure that the battle scenes are as realistic as possible, even though the final movie cut is just about 60 minutes long.
The Horrors Of War
With the show’s producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss employing the services of Miguel Sapochnik to direct the “Battle of The Bastards”, nothing but a spectacular show can be expected if his handling of the episode “Hardhome” from season 5 is anything to go by. He also let it out that he was particularly interested in “….depicting both the horror of war and the role of luck in battle.” Is this a pointer to the fact that the Starks led by John Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) will finally have mother luck smile on them?
More so, the show producers are so optimistic of the chances of this particular episode and that much can be seen in how much they nominated the episode in different categories for the Emmy awards.
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Who Survives The “Battle of the Bastards?”
If there’s anything everyone has learnt from #GameOfThrones, it is the fact that nothing is guaranteed. As it stands however, the chances of survival of the starks seems guaranteed except for Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) who may meet an unfortunate end in the hands of Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) before meeting his own demise. Tormund the wildling (Kristopher Hivju) is another character whose survival is at stake given the show’s love for killing off good men.
In all, good should triumph over evil or what do you think?