Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Game of Thrones
There’s a reason everyone loves Game of Thrones so much—the creators have gone above and beyond to create a lushly detailed world in far greater detail than most of the television landscape. Each episode of Game of Thrones is more like a mini-film than anything else, but what exactly does it take to make this happen?
If you need a refresher on the last season, head to the HBO official website to catch up and download old episodes. Otherwise, read on: Here, we’ll go behind the scenes to show you some of the secrets of this favourite programme.
Behind the scenes of Margaery & Joffrey’s wedding feast
If you’d been anticipating the wedding of the season, you might be surprised to hear that the filming of the wedding was more about the spread than the romance. The production included a home economist whose job was to create a sumptuous feast worthy of royalty. Taking inspiration from the books, she conjured up everything from breads to medieval styled hams and an abundance of cakes and fruit. But months before the filming, the food had to be put to the test as it was to stay on set for the duration of the scene – an epic 5 days of filming. Insiders reveal that the bread stacks were held together with wire to keep them from falling whilst the main ingredients of the feast were colourful fruits to make the less-than-fresh food look appetising for the scene. There were also challenges getting the doves to fly out of the pie centrepiece; during some initial attempts, an air cannon actually blasted the poor mites into the air at speed. You can watch a wedding banquet featurette here to see how the cast and crew got on with five-day-old food.
Behind the scenes of weapons training
Season 4 of Game of Thrones was even more action-packed than previous seasons and even the actors announced that the weapons training was more physical than ever before. Most of the hand-to-hand combat scenes were practised and rehearsed in a tent with sprung floors, making movement much easier than on the actual rocky terrain that the scene was filmed on. This meant that where the actors expected bounce, all they got in return was a hard, painful landing on jagged rock. But it wasn’t just the main characters that needed to be trained for fight scenes, the extras also required training. A whole week of rehearsal time was dedicated to teaching the extras how to march in time with shields and spears in hand.
Behind the scenes in “Forging in Two Swords”
If you’re a film buff, you may recognise some similarities between the forging scene in the episode ‘Two Swords’ and the 1982 film ‘Conan The Barbarian.’ Both were filmed at the working forge at Shane’s Castle in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland with many similar angles being used for filming for an authentic look. The 700 degree heat posed real problems for both the cast and crew throughout the set up and filming of this scene.
Behind the scenes in the wardrobe department
It wasn’t just fight scenes that caused problems in the latest season; season four was equally as challenging for the wardrobe department. Although medieval in style, costume designer Michele Clapton has actually revealed that she took inspired from sixties musician Jimi Hendrix when she designed the costumes for Prince Oberyn Martell. Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister was required to wear real brass armour for the first time, a vast difference to the fake, lighter weight armour worn in the first season.
So now that you have behind the scenes knowledge, you’re all set for season 5, premiering April 12. We’ll be waiting to see what magic the show’s producers pull out of their sleeves this time…