It’s safe to say that there will be a lot of fighting and bloodshed when Game of Thrones returns for its 8th and final season in 2019. While we expect to see some epic battle scenes as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) fight the Night King and his undead army, one scene reportedly took over 2 months to film.
According to The Muse, assistant director Jonathan Quinlan shared a photo of a thank you card that was given to members of the cast and crew after they wrapped one of the battle scenes. Quinlan has since removed the photo from social media, but the note thanked the crew for their hard work and for enduring 55 straight nights of shooting.
Thank you note by Jonathan Quinlan, Assistant Director. pic.twitter.com/3wEckkQIy4
— Zee. (@whatsis123) April 8, 2018
We do not know which battle scene took 55 nights to film, but it sounds like it’ll be one of the best battles ever. There are multiple directors filming Season 8 of Game of Thrones, including David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik, both of whom worked on several of the heaviest hitting episodes on the show.
This includes “The Rains of Castamere” and “Battle of the Bastards,” which featured some intense battle sequences. For some perspective, the fight for Winterfell in “Battle of the Bastards” took half the time it took to film the monstrous Season 8 battle.
Production for the upcoming season is still ongoing in other parts of the world. The cast and crew of Game of Thrones are currently gearing up for some intense filming inside the Roman ruins in Italica. This is the same location where the Dragonpit scenes were filmed for Season 7.
As fans will recall, all the major players on the show met in the Dragonpit to iron out a truce in the Season 7 finale. We don’t know why we’ll be brought back to the pit in Season 8, but it sounds like it will be a significant scene as filming is schedule to last close to 1 month.
This length of time usually means a battle scene, but it doesn’t look like we’ll see a lot of fighting in the Dragonpit. Producers have not issued a casting call for extras and it’s always a bit tricky filming battle scenes on historic sites. Either way, filming this long definitely means something important will go down in the Dragonpit in Season 8.
HBO has not released an official premiere date for the final season of Game of Thrones. Production is expected to continue through the summer and the series should return sometime in 2019.