If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, as I am, you will hopefully have seen one of the best episodes aired thus far in the series. If you haven't, DO NOT PRESS PLAY ON THE VIDEO BELOW. If you have, it's well worth the ten minute watch as you go behind the scenes, finding out what went into the making of one of the most epic battles seen on television.
That is of course the battle for Winterfell between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton. The sequence took nearly 80 hours in 25 shooting days to finish and included 500 extras, 600 crew members, and four camera crews. The anatomy of the scene shows how they prepare the shots, the camera rigs, deciphers what is real and what's CGI and really makes you appreciate the scale of this event. Pretty awesome that the whole thing was shot on home turf as well and most definitely an Emmy contender.
The direction, narrative, visual effects and sound mixing are superb. Then again, this is the biggest tv show in the world and with a budget in and around £5 million an episode, what else would you expect. The season finale is shaping up to be on par with this one. Check out the trailer below for "The Winds of Winter".