HBO’s Game of Thrones may be considered epic for many reasons: it’s large and varied main cast, the unexpected deaths, and the amazing battle scenes. But now Game of Thrones can also be known as one of the most expensive shows on TV to produce.
According to Time magazine, it has cost, on average, $10 million per Season 6 episode of Game of Thrones to produce. This is up $4 million per episode as reported by E! Online back in 2012. But the $10 million bill should be no surprise as this is how much the pilot episode of Game of Thrones also cost to produce.
“It’s definitely the biggest [action sequence yet]. We’ve always wanted to get to a place – story-wise and budget-wise and time-wise and resource-wise – where we would be able to do a proper battle, with one army on one side, one army on another side.”
This battle scene is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, the same person who brought us “Hardhome” last season, so fans can already anticipate what this scene will look like. HBO also likes to keep CGI imaging down to a minimum in fight scenes. While this helps things look more realistic, it also means when CGI is used, it can be more effective. After all, those dragons of Daenerys Targaryen can’t draw themselves and they need to look as realistic as possible. However, the logistics of epic battles scenes that use more real people and less CGI take much longer to produce and are a nightmare when it comes to choreography and organization. As a result of this, the scene ended up taking a month to film. As yet, HBO have not revealed much about who is involved in this scene other than there will be horses as well as real (not CGI) soldiers involved. This leaves fans to speculate over whether this scene will be from the books the show is based on, or a new scene that is entirely the creation of HBO.
Entertainment Weekly has reported that Season 6 of Game of Thrones will be the best season yet. With a budget like this, how can they go wrong? What do you think, can HBO top records in Season 6? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, April 24.
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