'Game of Thrones' Battle Sets Fire to Unique World Record
Updated 8/7/17 at 8:50am:
The “Game of Thrones” episode that broke the record for most people (73) ever set on fire by a film or TV production aired on Sunday night when Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons finally faced the Lannister army, and it was glorious.
“Game of Thrones” Season 7 will likely break more ratings records this summer as it approaches its action-packed climax, but if not, it’s already got another world record in the bag.
Showrunner David Benioff, who co-created the popular HBO fantasy series with D.B. Weiss, told Entertainment Weekly that a scene we’re guessing involves a dragon blows away the record for most people ever set on fire by a film or TV production.
“In one battle scene we set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire,” he said. “Our stunt coordinator really wanted to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for this.”
Stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam confirmed the achievement, even though the Guinness Book of World Records doesn’t track such a record.
“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.”
The series, based on George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, is picking up steam as the battle for the throne of Westeros (not to mention for humanity in general, as the White Walkers approach) has narrowed between a few key characters viewers have watched struggle for the past six seasons.
“Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres on HBO on July 16.