Game of Thrones Scene Torched Record 20 Stuntmen

And more details from the latest episode
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2017 1:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – If you haven't watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, stop reading now, because major spoilers are ahead. Even two days after the "jaw-dropping" episode aired, behind-the-scenes details are making headlines. Some of the best tidbits:

  • The Los Angeles Times pulls the most interesting details from HBO's 14-minute video look inside the "loot train attack" in which Daenerys Targaryen attacks the Lannister army, including the fact that, according to the crew, the sequence set a record for the most stunt crew members ever set on fire in a single shot. "We have potentially the most burns, full burns ever done in TV history. Which is burning 20 men in one shot," says one crew member. And it actually was somewhat dangerous, with every stuntperson who was set on fire being required to hold their breath while burning.

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  • When last we saw at the end of that scene (and the end of the episode), Jaime Lannister was sinking to the bottom of a lake clad in full armor. Is he going to die? Probably not, and Complex takes a look at the fan theories regarding what might come next for him.
  • The New York Times has an interview with the director of the episode, who explains how the battle scene was inspired by Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan.
  • Meanwhile, up in the north, Ikea is apparently popular. As People reports, the "furs" worn by many members of the Night's Watch are actually rugs from the furniture giant. People hypothesizes it's this $14.99 rug that showrunners use.
  • Also up north is Bran, whose "chaos is a ladder" line from this week's episode "could change everything," per the Daily Dot. Why? The line was a callback to something Littlefinger said way back in Season 3.
  • And as for the dagger that Littlefinger was giving to Bran during the aforementioned scene, Vanity Fair answers 11 "burning questions" from the episode—including why showrunners might have wanted to get that Valyrian steel blade into the hands of a Stark. Hint: It's one of the few weapons that can kill a White Walker.
  • What's next? Time points out that, per the preview for next week's episode, Jon Snow is about to get up close and personal with a dragon for the first time. Seeing as Snow is actually a Targaryen, some fans are theorizing the dragon will recognize him—and it could lead to some big revelations for him and Dany.
  • There might be another secret Targaryen. The Independent explains the theory.
  • Need more? Elite Daily runs down a list of the biggest "Easter eggs" in the latest episode.
(Read more Game of Thrones stories.)

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