EW talked to your new fav Miguel Sapochnik to talk about Game of Thrones best episode to date.
-- Looked at every pitch field battle filmed for reference. Biggest influence was Kurosawa's Ran as well as the Battle of Cannae in 216 BC.
-- Felt the pressure to make this episode bigger and better after the reception to "Hardhome."
-- Estimated it would take him 28 days to film the episode. Was initially given 12 by the producers. After the script came in it jumped to 42, then ended at 25.
-- BOB has 500 extras, 160 tons of gravel, 70 horses and riders, 65 stuntmen/women, 7 principal actors, 4 camera crews, and close to 600 crew members.
--[Spoiler (click to open)]Jon almost being buried alive by the stampede
was off script. The constant rain made it impossible to do what they had planned. Miguel suggested that scene as an alternative and was given the go-ahead to film it.
-- Meereen scenes were a preview of whats to come later.
-- The finale is equally as epic, but for different reasons.
-- Miguel also talked to EW about the final scene in a separate interview which you can read heresourceGet that Emmy, Miguel!! #justiceforhardhome
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