So...This Is What It’s Like to Ride a ‘GoT’ Dragon in Real Life
Fact: There is no greater warrior than Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) on Game of Thrones. Sure, The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson) can throw down, but Khaleesi is the only one harnessing the flames of three two dragon children. What Clarke looks like filming these scenes, however, is an entirely less fiery beast.
In an effort to assuage our mourning hearts (R.I.P. Viserion and Thoros of Myr), HBO released a behind-the-scenes video of last Sunday's epic frozen lake battle sans special effects. Because no one in the world is rich enough to use actual dragons (also, they're not real), Khaleesi's on-screen fire-breathing bebés are nothing but “Laser-cut...full-scale, giant [pieces] of polystyrene,” GoT special effects wizard Steve Kullback said. Way to rain on our parade, Steve.
If you skip to 9:32 in the video, you'll be amazed at how basic Drogon looks sans special effects hair and makeup. While filming the gory Beyond the Wall battle scene, Clarke's gorgeous locks flow with the help of a wind machine as she tries with all her might to convincingly ride an enormous, scaly dragon when in reality she's straddling a hunk of green plastic in a room surrounded by green screens. It ain't no thang for Khaleesi, though. In between takes Clarke tells the camera, “The harder the challenge, the more I relish it.” Yaass, Emilia, and keep rocking those sherpa-chic coats.
Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is acting. End scene.