Fans of the most popular TV show in the world, Game of Thrones across the world are waiting with bated breathe tonight as the show brings on the longest and largest battle scene in movie history; The Battle of Winterfell
The battle of Winterfell depicts an epic showdown between an alliance of almost all the good guys in the show and an army of the undead, threatening to unleash an apocalypse on the cinematic continent of Westeros. The battle takes place around the ancient cinematic city of Winterfell.
“For diehard fans, every new “Game of Thrones” episode is appointment viewing, but Sunday night’s show has anticipation at an all-time fever pitch,” says Brandon Giggs of CNN
Director Miguel Sapochnik told Entertainment Weekly he tried and failed to find a longer battle scene in a movie. The closest was the 40-minute siege of Helm’s Deep in 2002’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” which has long been a gold standard for epic cinematic battles.
The episode required 11 weeks of night shoots in Northern Ireland, where much of “Thrones” is filmed.
“What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie,” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told EW. “This final face-off between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle. There are sequences built within sequences built within sequences,” he added.
“It’s been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away.”
The battle of Winterfell is expected to be dramatic, tragic and interesting. Fans have been speculating on which of the favourite characters will die. Even betting companies are placing odds on different characters and encouraging fans to play.
Brandon Giggs of CNN drew a lit of characters that may die and why:
- Brienne was knighted by Jaime (sob, sob), which brings their complex mutual admiration to a natural end. It wouldn’t shock anyone to see her die gallantly on the battlefield.
- Ser Jorah has survived numerous battles, been cured of greyscale and is now carrying a Valyrian steel sword. There’s not much left for him to do. He has repeatedly sworn his life to protecting Daenerys, so a heroic sacrifice would seem fitting.
- Beric has already been killed six times and brought back to life by Thoros. Thoros is now dead. Bye-bye, Beric.
- Grey Worm just vowed to take his love Missandei to her home island of Naath to canoodle on the beach after the war is over. Never make plans before a war! It’s the equivalent of saying “I’ll be right back” in a horror movie.
- Varys is just sort of … hanging around. There’s a surplus of advisers in Winterfell, and the show’s writers don’t seem to know what to do with him.
- Gendry made dragonglass weapons for everybody and assisted Arya with losing her virginity. Good job Gendry! His work is done.
- Theon has volunteered his hard-luck services as a bodyguard to Bran, who’ll be human bait for the Night King. Good luck with that.
- Then there are all the people — Sansa, Tyrion, Gilly, etc. — who will supposedly be taking refuge in the crypt beneath Winterfell. Everyone keeps saying how safe they will be down there, which by “Thrones” logic means not very safe at all. And don’t get us started on the possibility that the White Walkers could breach the crypt and reanimate all those dead Starks.
Which ever way it goes. Whether the living or the dead wins, I am sure of one winner at the end of the battle; HBO.