It Took 55 Nights To Film 'Game of Throne's' Biggest Battle Yet

The final season of Game of Thrones is so close that I can taste it and the hype train couldn't be going faster if it was equipped with a jet engine going downhill. All aboard!

One of the things 'GoT' has become known for is its battle scenes.

Every season, there seems to be a new, bigger battle than any that came before and there's a sense that each season needs to outdo the last.

It didn't start out that way.

It's hard to imagine, but season one of the show was a huge gamble for HBO and though it had a pretty good budget, it wasn't enough for a big battle.

Tyrion had to be the butt of the joke.


Season one didn't have many battles anyway, save for one between the Lannisters and Robb's army. To work around budget constraints, we follow Tyrion into the fight, where he's almost immediately knocked out and wakes up after the fight ends.

He got his due, though, in season two.

The Battle of the Blackwater took up almost the entirely of an episode and in it, Tyrion takes charge in a way only he could.

Compared to later battles, Blackwater seems quaint, but it was a big step towards what was to come.

From the Battle of Castle Black to Hardhome, Jon Snow and Night's Watch dominated the battle spotlight for a while.


Each one was more epic than the last, but it was season six's Battle of the Bastards that raised the bar even higher. It was so complicated that it took 25 days to film and cost around $10 million dollars.

Season seven focused on quantity.


Instead of one huge battle, there was one after the other, from ice dragons at the Wall, to loot trains and Greyjoy sneak attacks.

But apparently season eight it pulling out all the stops.

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It wasn't supposed to be made public, but assistant director Jonathan Quinlan shared a thank you card in an instagram post that has since been deleted.

The card was from "The Producer Types" to the crew that spent 55 nights shooting the big battle.

We may not need to wait long to see it.

In an interview, Vladimir Furdik, who plays the Night King, said:

"In the third part of the last season, there is a battle that the creators intend to be the biggest in television history. Almost the full episode will be about the battle, it will take about an hour."

I can't wait!