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Behind-The-Scenes Facts About 'Game Of Thrones' Battle Of The Bastards.



The 'Battle Of The Bastards' was one of the best episodes of Game of Thrones EVAH. And that's on top of a stellar season that has streamlined George RR Martin's epic fantasy story. I mean you had the good guys actually win a battle and not have any main characters die a gruesome, gruesome death. We lost Rickon Stark, but in the grand scheme of things we got Final Form Sansa, AKA The Bad Bish Queen of the North.

#13 The crew shot Jon punching Ramsey for nearly 10 hours!

#13 The crew shot Jon punching Ramsey for nearly 10 hours!

Remember that scene when Jon was face-beating the defeated Ramsay Bolton? Kit Harrington says that the face-beating was the moment where the monster had risen in Jon – "The need to flatten his face," according to him. But you don't know that it took 10 hours to shoot that powerful snippet.

Kit even admitted that he accidentally hit Iwan Rheon twice during the series of the take.

#12 They used real horses, and Kit Harington really wants everyone to know about it

#12 They used real horses, and Kit Harington really wants everyone to know about it

If you think that the whole "Game of Thrones" series is mainly powered by the magic of CGI, then you are partially wrong. The truth is, when the horses were charging at Snow, in that particular scene, there were actually 40 live and breathing horses that were running towards Jon Snow.

#11 Costume for everyone.

#11 Costume for everyone.

Those "piled corpses" were all fake dead humans and horses that had to be dressed in armor, according to sigils, by the production design team.

Deborah Riley, the production designer said that the fake corspses made it "deeply moving."

#10 Iwan Rheon, AKA Ramsay Bolton, had originally auditioned for Jon Snow and Viserys Targaryen.

#10 Iwan Rheon, AKA Ramsay Bolton, had originally auditioned for Jon Snow and Viserys Targaryen.

He auditioned for the pilot of Game of Thrones, and was down to the last two for Jon Snow. And according to him Ramsay is the complete polar opposite.

And he admits that he always wanted to do a scene with Kit Harington.

#9 The scene where Jon was side-stepping the horses and warriors in the battle, there were REAL horses charging right past him.

#9 The scene where Jon was side-stepping the horses and warriors in the battle, there were REAL horses charging right past him.

Kit Harington, who plays the former Commander of the Night's Watch spend a lot of time explaining that he really could have been squashed by a horse. Because the horses which were charging past him, those were all real horses.

For that first big wave of cavalry, production shot about a dozen horses charging at each other and pulling up at the very last minute to make the clash look as real as possible. The rest was filled in with CGI and layering.

#8 The idea of "piling the corpses" was inspired by American and non-American civil war battles.

#8 The idea of

The battle of the bastards was mainly influenced by the Battle of Agincourt, based on the staging and war tactics. David Benioff, the executive producer of the show, said the scene was influenced by accounts of both ancient and more modern battles in which corpses were piled so high that they "became an obstruction on the battlefield."

#7 A remote-controlled camera on a long rig attached to a moving car was used to film Jon Snow's charge to rescue Rickon.

#7 A remote-controlled camera on a long rig attached to a moving car was used to film Jon Snow's charge to rescue Rickon.

They used a Land Rover, in part because the terrain got muddy and uneven very quickly.

#6 The producers joked to Rheon that Ramsay ends up on the Iron Throne before breaking the news of his upcoming death.

#6 The producers joked to Rheon that Ramsay ends up on the Iron Throne before breaking the news of his upcoming death.

"They joked, 'Isn't it great Ramsay ends up on the Iron Throne?' As soon as they said that I said, 'He's dead isn't he?'"

#5 Camilla Naprous, the horse master says that directing 80 horses was the very big responsibility she's ever had.

#5 Camilla Naprous, the horse master says that directing 80 horses was the very big responsibility she's ever had.

Actually, this is the biggest number in horse requirement the show has ever had. They summoned 80 horses in total, which was the maximum number, only for that epic scene alone.

#4 Sophie Turner's favorite Sansa scene in the series.

#4 Sophie Turner's favorite Sansa scene in the series.

She says it's because she loves how Sansa gets to stand up to the man who tortured her and tell him that he won't affect her, but if she's anything like us, it's also because it's also a great pleasure to watch Ramsay get eaten by ravenous hounds.

#3 The scene when Sansa turned and walked away was actually shot 12 to 13 times.

#3 The scene when Sansa turned and walked away was actually shot 12 to 13 times.

That’s according to D.B. Weiss, who says that Sansa’s hint of a smile is his “favorite thing she’s done on the show,” and they wanted to get it just right.

#2 The Battle of Agincourt was one of the battles that influenced the Battle of the Bastard's tactics.

#2  The Battle of Agincourt was one of the battles that influenced the Battle of the Bastard's tactics.

Director Miguel Sapochnik mentioned the Battle of Agincourt and the Battle of Cannae which was faught between the Romans and Hannibal has influenced him in coming up with the staging of the battle.

#1 In all, the shoot took 25 days and used 500 extras, 80 horses, 65 stunt actors, and four different camera crews.

#1 In all, the shoot took 25 days and used 500 extras, 80 horses, 65 stunt actors, and four different camera crews.

Its true that, epic scenes need epic crews. But you know what? It was all worth it.



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