‘Game of Thrones’ spent 3 to 4 weeks filming ‘Hardhome’ battle

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Game of Thrones spent 3 to 4 weeks filming Hardhome battle
“We shot less than a minute a day!” says Kit Harington, who considers last night’s battle to be twice as hard as The Battle of Castle Black. “It’s so CGI-heavy it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done on Thrones,” he says, pointing out that for “every fight I would shoot three times.” The battle required 400 extras and 50 stuntmen. “It was exhausting,” adds Harrington. PLUS: What is the Night’s King?, Hardhome was a welcome reminder that GoT can still surprise you, that was heavy metal band Mastodon as Wildlings, “Danyrion” has the makings of a deeply satisfying pairing, and GoT has never given us spectacle like this before in terms of intensity and relentlessness.

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