With the “Game of Thrones” Season 5 finale airing on Sunday, Yahoo! talked to VFX supervisor Joe Bauer and prosthetics supervisor Barrie Gower about the big things ahead in Season 6. And we mean BIG. Spoilers ahead if you’re not caught up!
From The Massacre at Hardhome in Episode 8 of this season, to the Drogon rescue scene from Episode 9, “The Dance of Dragons,” the effects work on the HBO show is getting more and more impressive each season.
“Between Season 3 and Season 5, our shot count doubled,” says Bauer. There will be “other environments that we haven’t seen people in before.” Not only that, “The dragons will again be double in size.” Which isn’t a problem for the graphics, but on set it’s an issue. “When the dragons were small, we had little foam rubber models of each dragon and we could carry them on and off of the set and it was no big deal. Last year, the best we could do was a head and this year it’s going to be a finger nail or something, I’m not really sure.”
Gower was more cryptic when it came to talking about the VFX fans can expect in Season 6. “Benioff and Weiss, when they write the outline each year, for last two years, we got to this one point and we read this one gag and thought ‘Oh my God, how the hell are we going to do that? But this is going to be incredible!’ And then it got pulled and we didn’t do it in Season 4. And then, lo and behold, in Season 5 there it was again. And it’s pulled again! But now, in Season 6, it looks like we’re going to do it. Fingers crossed they won’t chicken out.”
Which part do you think he’s talking about?
You can watch the scene featuring Daenerys’ escape from Episode 9 using the player below!
You can also check out the promo for the “Game of Thrones” Season finale in the player below.