It Looks Like The Next Big Game Of Thrones Fight Scene Will Out-Do Battle of the Bastards
That's a lot of extras.
BY Matt Miller | Sep 19, 2016 | Film & TV
On average Game of Thrones spent USD10 million per episode during Season Six. Since this is an average, it's safe to assume that much of this production budget went to the show's massive late season episode, "Battle of the Bastards." The scene—which required 600 crew members, 500 extras, and 25 days to film—is among the biggest TV battle scenes of all time. It's so big, in fact, that it even tops Game of Thrones' "Hardhome" and "The Watchers on the Wall", which were previously known as the biggest TV battles of all time.
So, its safe to say that Game of Thrones has gotten itself into the predictable habit of outdoing itself every year with one big final battle. And, even with Season Seven not airing until next summer, it's safe to assume that the show's producers will get on that shit very, very soon.
It turns out they're doing just that, as HBO has put out a call for a massive number of extras at the show's filming location of Spain, according to Game of Thrones fan site Watchers on the Wall. A local Spanish paper reports that HBO is seeking 450 people to appear in a massive Season Seven Game of Thrones scene.
As they explain, the candidates are examined to see if they pass the basic requirements asked for in the casting notice we saw: no visible tattoos, no modern hairstyles, etc. Some of the extras were asked if they'd be willing to shave their heads as well as their beard. After this preliminary stage, the would-be extras are measured and fill out the paperwork, hoping they'll be chosen for the final round.
Additionally, producers are seeking a large number of horses, which might point to a battle scene that includes the Dothraki. According to reports, 8,000 people showed up for the initial casting call. This, of course, will soon be narrowed down to 450 people—that's for one casting call. It's safe to assume, that they'll need, along with the horses, to make additional casting calls during filming, which could add up to even more people than in any Game of Thrones episode.
So, anyway, you're not going to actually know what the hell any of this means until next year—that is, unless, you fly to Spain, remove all your tattoos and shave your head.
From: Esquire US