By now you’ve hopefully come to terms with Game of Thrones‘ lengthy hiatus. Maybe you’ve taken up knitting to pass the time, or you adopted a stray cat, or maybe you simply moved on to History Channel’s Vikings… maybe not.
Though the eighth and final season of the HBO juggernaut won’t air until 2019, we already know we’re in for at least one huge battle sequence.
This weekend, Watchers on the Wall reported on a revealing Instagram post by GOTassistant director Jonathan Quinlan. The now-deleted post featured a thank you note from “The Producer Types” to the GOT cast and crew for enduring a particularly demanding battle sequence:
The post reads: “This is for the Night Dragons. For enduring 55 straight nights. For enduring the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep s**t of Toome and the winds of Magheramorne.
“When tens of millions of people around the world watch this episode a year from now, they won’t know how hard you worked. They won’t care how tired you were or how tough it was to do your job in sub-freezing temperatures.
“They’ll just understand that they’re watching something that’s never been done before.
“And that’s because of you.”
Quinlan also summed up the post with a caption: “Says it all. 55 consecutive nights. 11 weeks. 3 locations. You’ll never again see anything like it.”
For reference, Season 6’s Battle of the Bastards took 25 days to shoot. This means the upcoming battle in Season 8 easily takes the prize for longest GOT battle sequence ever shot.
The timeline would also suggest the massive (and intentional) set fire in Toome, reported on in early February, was part of the same battle sequence.
Well, oh, well… It seems like Westeros is going down in a flaming battle royale. Sounds about right.