Game of Thrones Season 7 is All About Fire
There's one thing in Game of Thrones we can all agree on: the special effects are incredible. This season, of course, promises not to let us down. Viewers can expect to be glued to their seats as their screens are set ablaze, according to showrunner David Benioff.
In a recent interview with EW, Benioff detailed a new record set for the show behind the scenes. "In one battle scene we set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire."
At one point, there were 73 fire burns, along with 20 people on fire at the same time. "No film or TV show has ever done that in a whole show, let alone in one sequence." The Game of Thrones production team even wanted to submit the feat to the Guinness Book of World Records.
What does this entail for the show? That, we can be pretty sure of. Dragons! Dany and her brood are coming to Westeros and means some (or apparently many) people will be set on fire. We even see some of this action in the season 7 trailer.
Think this is exciting? Just imagine what this meant for the stuntmen behind the scenes. Rowley Irlam, Game of Thrones' stunt coordinator, told EW what goes into this special effect.
As we would expect, setting someone on fire is not exactly safe. There are certain precautions the show employs: the stuntman wears fire-proof clothing, a mask, and cooling gel. However, once on fire, they have to hold their breath until the flames are out- a process that can take 30 seconds!
After they are extinguished, the stuntman still has to be careful. According to Irlam, "the most dangerous thing is re-ignition. There's a good minute of everybody staying down afterward as you're still very flammable at this point."
Clearly, a lot goes into the amazing effects we can expect to see thanks to the dragons in season 7.