In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, GoT actors gave deep insight into the epic season eight battle. It’s the first time most of the main characters will come face to face in one scene since the show’s debut in 2011.
The battle will take place at Winterfell and pits an “uneasy collection of allies” against the Night King’s army. It will be the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film and required 11 weeks of grueling night shoots, nearly 800 people working through the night and training nearly a year in advance.
The battle is one of two episodes in the final season directed by Miguel Sapochnik, the man behind the life-altering “Hardhome” and Emmy-winning “Battle of the Bastards.” (So, yeah, we’re in for a nightmare.)
Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) are all involved and “impossibly outnumbered” by a supernatural enemy.
Another unlikely participant: Ser Jorah Mormont, who we last saw in the Dragon Pit negotiations as Daenerys’s glorified bodyguard. He obviously made his way north to Winterfell with Dany, Jon and the Targaryen armies, because actor Iain Glen is in the big Winterfell battle scene, too. He only had kind words to say about the brutal three-month-straight filming schedule (JK!).
“It was the most unpleasant experience I’ve had on Thrones,” Glen told EW. (Um, wow, tell us how you really feel.) “A real test, really miserable. You get to sleep at seven in the morning and when you wake in the midday you’re still so spent you can’t really do anything, and then you’re back."
“You have no life outside it,” Glen continued. “You have an absolute f—ked bunch of actors. But without getting too method [acting] about it, on screen it bleeds through to the reality of the Thrones world.”
“Really miserable,” eh? Can’t wait ’til April 14…we guess?