There a couple of things that Game Of Thrones does well, both in the show and in the real world.
In the show, it’s a master class in writing, direction, production, etc. The CGI is incredible and the nude scenes are delightful. The battle scenes epic and the love scenes heartbreaking.
And Thrones is no slouch in the real world, either. It has millions upon millions of viewers, makes millions upon millions of dollars, and has set dozens, if not hundreds of records.
Some of Thrones records include the most Emmys ever awarded to a scripted series, the world’s largest TV simulcast, and apparently, setting the most people on fire during production?
I mean, it’s Game Of Thrones, are you surprised?
The upcoming seventh season is claiming a very different kind of record behind the scenes: The most people ever set on fire by an entertainment production. “In one battle scene we set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire,” showrunner David Benioff tells EW. “Our stunt coordinator really wanted to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for this.”
Sadly, Guinness doesn’t track movie and TV productions setting people on fire, according to a spokesperson for the organization. But we spoke to Thrones‘ Emmy-winning stunt coordinator, Rowley Irlam, whose credits include many James Bond, Marvel, and Harry Potter films, about what went down on the set. “One sequence has 73 fire burns and that itself is a record,” Irlam said. “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.”
But what does that mean, really, in terms of the show itself, and not the production.
Well, fire is going to be a massive theme this season: given the growth of Daenerys’ dragons and Cersei’s new found willingness to use wildfire, look for season 7 to be literally explosive.