You know, they say “go big or go home.” Well, that was especially true on the set of Game of Thrones shooting for the upcoming season 7 that will air on HBO on July 16.
In season 5 not enough people were set on fire in that epic scene featuring Daenarys and one of her trusted dragons Drogon in the episode The Dance of Dragons. Sure, there were plenty of people who were not among the unburnt−that title is pretty exclusive I hear. Still, they didn’t quite have enough people set ablaze to enter the Guinness Book of World Records under the title “most people roasted on a TV Set Simultaneously.”
That exclusion−shall we say−kinda irked stunt coordinator for the show Rowley Irlam. So far word is he is a fiery shoe-in this year as 20 people adorned special wraps and coolant during a spectacular toasting involving dragons and flame throwers. “One sequence has 73 fire burns and that itself is a record. 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,” he says.
In case you were wondering, in order to be relatively protected during a stunt involving being set on fire it is integral you do not breathe in. When the fire is pouring on you, you hold your breath. If you don’t, then you will literally suck in fire. Ouch. Your lungs will hurt. “It’s totally different from going underwater in your bathtub and counting the seconds in your head. If somebody bumps you and you breathe in by accident you will breathe in flame.”
According to Irkham, “Don’t breathe in or you’ll sear your own airway.”
Well, we’ll all be holding our breath when that epic scene shows in a month or so. Until then, I’ll be avoiding both fire and dragons.