The Economics Of Battle Of The Bastards

June 25, 2016 in Daily Bulletin

The latest Game of Thrones episode, Battle of the Bastards, received critical praise and is a leading contender to win several Emmy awards. James Hibberd and Jethro Nededog looked at the numbers behind the episode:

  • 500 extras were hired for the various armies involved. They trained separately from one another to create on-screen rivalry.
  • 70 stunt horses were used – the use of real-life horses in battle is incredibly rare for a TV show.
  • A typical episode takes about two weeks to shoot. Battle of the Bastards required 25 days.
  • There were four camera crews responsible for capturing the action on all the various points on the battlefield.
  • The entire season is thought to have cost over $100 million, and this episode is estimated to have been responsible for up to $25 million of that.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly, Business Insider