Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 bloopers Behind The Scenes The Long Night funny moments

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The Night King and his army have arrived at Winterfell and the great battle begins.

Filming this episode required 55 nights and an unknown number of day shoots on stages, with roughly 750 cast and crew members. Several actors described this episode as the hardest thing they ever filmed. Maisie Williams stated in Entertainment Weekly, “Nothing can prepare you for how physically draining it is. It’s night after night, and again and again, and it just doesn’t stop. You can’t get sick, and you have to look out for yourself because there’s so much to do that nobody else can do… there are moments you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry.” Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) described it as a “real test, really miserable. You get to sleep at seven in the morning and when you wake in the midday you are still so spent you can’t really do anything, and then you’re back. You have no life outside it”. Rory McCann (The Hound) concurred: “Everybody prays they never have to do this again”.

While preparing for the shoot, director Miguel Sapochnik tried to find a longer battle sequence in cinema and couldn’t. While writing the episode, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff intended it to be the longest battle sequence ever presented in a film or television. The closest Sapochnik found was the 40-minute Battle of Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), which he studied to determine when and if the audience would get “battle fatigue” from too much meaningless action. Ironically, his conclusion was that “the less fighting you can have in a [specific] sequence, the better”.

Similar to Game of Thrones: Blackwater (2012) and Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall (2014), this episode takes place entirely in one location, Winterfell, to cover a single battle and does not include any parallel story lines. It is the fourth single-location episode, after the two aforementioned episodes and its non-battle preceding episode Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2019).