Nothing good comes easy—just ask the Game of Thrones cast and crew.
The IRL kings and queens of Westeros opened up about the precarious business of filming GoT’s final season in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and talked about suffering for the sake of art.
The crew went to great lengths (about 40,000 steps a day to be exact) to keep the season eight spoiler tea from being spilled. In fact, production of the final season was so top secret it was filmed in a government-protected airspace in Northern Ireland.
Then, of course, there’s the epic battle between good (Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen) and evil (the Night King and his army). The great battle of Winterfell is expected to be the longest consecutive battle ever filmed and it brings together about as many GoT characters as a Marvel movie. Filming a fight scene like that doesn’t happen on a whim.