Source– Game of Thrones’ seventh season has set more people on fire than any entertainment production before. “In one battle scene we set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire,” showrunner David Benioff tells Entertainment Weekly. “Our stunt coordinator really wanted to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for this.”
Guinness doesn’t actually keep track of the numbers of people set on fire during productions, but Game of Thrones’ Emmy-winning stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam … is pretty confident that what Game of Thrones has done this season is first in its class.
“One sequence has 73 fire burns and that itself is a record,” Irlam said. “No film or TV show has ever done that in a whole show, let alone in one sequence. We also set 20 people on fire at one time, which is also a record. I think in Saving Private Ryan they had 13 on a beach, and on Braveheart they had 18 partial burns. Because of the nature of our attacking animals, we had the liberty to expand on that.”
By “attacking animals” Irlam is referring to the three dragons…
GOT doesn’t need to do much to generate excitement or get attention. They obviously know it too which is why they announced this season’s premiere date by live-streaming a fucking block of ice melting… Truly astounding set of balls on the marketing department.
But this news? This something completely different. This is the stunt coordinator having himself a DAY! HBO let him off the leash to see where he’d go and it didn’t disappoint. He said Guinness doesn’t keep track of these records. You know how he knows? Because he checked god dammit. This is his life. He eats, breathes, and sleeps pyrotechnics. He wakes up every morning and pisses napalm. He’s been waiting for his chance to really go crazy and the lawyers finally collected enough waiver forms to make his dreams come true. He had 73 non-people fires burning away and decided it was the perfect opportunity to set 20 people on fire at the same time. Full body ignition. We’ve all seen some behind the scenes footage of a guy getting lit on fire and there’s at least 10 people standing around dedicated to one specific task ready to jump into action to save his life. Multiply that by 20 and you have a
logistical nightmare stunt coordinator’s dream.
I have no idea what this stunt guy looks like or who he is as a person, but going forward he’s just this guy in my mind:
I’m very excited to see this season, but the anticipation for this massive fire scene is enough to kill me. GOT needs to stop with this slow parade of awesome shit that stirs the pot for us fans and just let us wait in peace for 7.16.17. I’m crossing into the point of anger that they’ve made me wait an extra few months and I don’t like being forced into those sort of feelings. Ugh. Here’s some dragon gifs, which were the whole point of writing this blog: