The 'Battle of the Bastards' episode was Game of Thrones at its finest! Jon Snow faces Ramsay Bolton in a gruesome battle for Winterfell. This epic battle is already considered one of the best ever shot for TV.
Here are some lesser known facts about the making of this legendary episode, as well as some fun facts that relate to the book. Enjoy!
~ The filming of the battle scene required: 600 crew members, 500 extras, 80 horses, 25 stunt people and 4 camera crews
~ The main battle sequence outside of Winterfell was filmed in Saintfield, Ireland and it took 6 weeks to complete. This was the longest unbroken shoot of the series. Most TV dramas are shot in 8 - 12 days.
~ Paparazzi photographers captured pictures of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) on set in Saintfield, Ireland dressed in a Stark military uniform rather than his Night's Watch blacks. This was the first hint we had that Snow did not die on season 5 finale!
~ Heavy rain made the production's field in Northern Ireland extremely muddy. Since horses don't like mud, 160 tons of gravel had to be brought in to give the horses some traction.
In The Books...
~ The besieging troops did not fire missiles at Meereen, they catapulted bodies!
~ It is not Jon but Stannis who states he does not fear the imminent battle with Ramsay, since he had fought and defeated worse enemies. It is Theon (who is held captive in Stannis' camp), not Sansa, who tells him "You do not know him".
~ Sansa and Davos are not in the north: Sansa is safe in the Vale and has no idea about the recent events in the north; Davos was sent earlier by Stannis to the White Harbor, to gain the support of the Manderlys.
~ No one ever told Daenerys about her father's plan to destroy King's Landing with wildfire
Here is the official spoiler for the Season Finale next week....
We think, so far this is one of the best seasons of Game of Thrones... we are counting down the minutes u next week! What do you think?