Record Number of People Set on Fire in Game of Thrones Season 7
Bigger dragons equal bigger fires, and Season 7 is said to have much bigger dragons.
Back in Season 5 (remember when winter was still coming?), stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam broke the record for the most people set on fire in one day.
"We set fire to 20 guys in one day and used a 45-foot flame thrower on a motion-control crane so that we could control the dragon," Irlam says, recounting the scene in Daznak's pit.
Needless to say, Irlam won Emmys for his work on Seasons 5 and 6.
But, if Game of Thrones is known for anything other than incest and death, it's show-stopping special effects - and Season 7 promises all three.
"One sequence has 73 fire burns and that itself is a record. No film or TV show has ever done that in a whole show, let alone in one sequence. We also set 20 people on fire at one time, which is also a record. I think in 'Saving Private Ryan' they had 13 on a beach, and on 'Braveheart,' they had 18 partial burns. Because of the nature of our attacking animals, we had the liberty to expand on that."
Each stuntman "burned" wears full-coverage fire-resistant gear, a mask, and cooling gel.
Of course, there is always room for error; the stuntmen have to hold their breath for about 30 seconds before the fires are extinguished, and even once they are put out, actors run the risk of reigniting until the all-clear is given.
"It's totally different from going underwater in your bathtub and counting the seconds in your head. If somebody bumps you and you breathe in by accident you will breathe in flame."
Irlam assures that the scenes are as safe as they possibly can be, and filmed with every precaution in mind.
"We don't do anything recklessly where we go 'Awww, there's a 50/50 chance this will go ok. It doesn't work like that. It's 99%. When you've got horses, and you've got swords, and you've got 500 extras and 17 cast all fighting, you do have little tiny nicks and bumps, and hands get knocked by the sword. But we don't have any big accidents, because we really spend an awful lot of time making sure that everyone knows what's going to happen next. The secret of safety is communication."
See who Drogon sets ablaze when Season 7 premiers on July 16th.