“Game of Thrones” season 6 episode 9 is going to be big with the climactic battle between the Starks and the Boltons, HBO has spared no expense. But just how big is the “Battle of the Bastards”? Judging from the amount of staff, extras, and money spent, no episode even comes close.
Episode 9 will feature the longest battle sequence in the series to date longer than the battles in “The Blackwater,” “Watchers on the Wall,” and “Hardhome.”
It will also be directed by Miguel Sapochnik who directed “Hardhome,” arguably season 8’s best episode, what more can you ask for?
According to Daily Dose Of News, the scale of the “Game of Thrones” episode is apparent when the numbers are revealed.
A total of 600 crew members will be present in ‘”Battle of the Bastards” ranging from film crews, prop masters, and the costume department.
Around 500 extras have also been recruited to play the role of both armies. Visual effects will later be added to expand the armies into thousands of men to accurately portray the numbers fielded in the battle.
The weather of Northern Ireland didn’t make things easier for the budget department as well. After heavy rains turned the entire field muddy, gravel had to be brought in, 160 tons of it to provide traction to horses.
The horses, 70 in total and although horses are typically seen in battle scenes of big budget Hollywood movies, ‘Game of Thrones’ wanted to be as theatrically accurate for the time period as possible. The addition of horses also made production take twice as long as they are not as easy to train as actors.
A total of 25 stunt men and women were also present to do all the hard work of falling off the horses, getting pummeled by shiny metal objects, and get a beating from Wun Wun. This all took place in 25 days of production whereas the average episode only takes 8-12 days.
Finally, there’s the budget. The average cost for an episode is $10 million and while the budget for Battle of the Bastards has not yet been disclosed they are rumored to be within the boundaries of $30 million.
“Game of Thrones” episode 9 is truly a must watch judging from how much HBO invested in making it as realistic as possible. Watch the Starks and the Boltons fight it out in “Battle of the Bastards” this Sunday only on HBO.