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‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Features a Battle So Huge It Took 55 Days to Film — Report

For comparison, the show's classic "Battle of the Bastards" only took 25 days to shoot.

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When HBO announced last September directors Miguel Sapochnik (“Battle of the Bastards”) and David Nutter (“The Rains of Castamere,” AKA the Red Wedding episode) were returning to film episodes of “Game of Thrones'” final season, fans took it as confirmation the series was planing huge things for its curtain call. Assistant director Jonathan Quinlan has provided further confirmation by revealing that a recent Season 8 battle scene took 55 days to shoot.

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Quinlan, who has served as assistant director on over 15 “Game of Thrones” episodes, took to Instagram to post the note that was sent to cast and crew thanking them for enduring the lengthy battle shoot (via Complex). At a reported 55 days, the Season 8 battle took over double the amount of time it took Sapochnik to film “Battle of the Bastards.” The acclaimed Season 6 episode took 25 days.

Quinlan’s caption reads: “Says it all. 55 consecutive nights. 11 weeks. 3 locations. You’ll never see anything like it.” The Instagram post was deleted several hours after going live, but “Game of Thrones” fan website Watchers on the Wall captured a screenshot of it. IndieWire has reached out to HBO for comment.

“Game of Thrones” Season 8 will consist of six episodes, most of which are expected to be at or around feature-length. The series will not return to HBO until 2019.

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