'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Breaks Record for Lighting Stuntmen on Fire

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - 6:45PM
Game of Thrones
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - 6:45PM
'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Breaks Record for Lighting Stuntmen on Fire
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The series isn't called A Song of Ice and Fire for nothing. Speaking about the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones, showrunner David Benioff revealed that the show is aiming for a very special Guinness World Record - this new batch of episodes will apparently feature the largest number of cast members set on fire (safely) in the history of television.

It's a weird record to try to set, and not one that Guinness currently tracks in their book of records, but that's not going to stop stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam from shooting for the stars. In an interview with EW, Benioff bragged about how in a single battle scene, they "set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire." Irlam describes their accomplishment in some more detail:

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"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."
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Disturbing as it is that someone's keeping track of these numbers, this certainly does suggest that the next season of Game of Thrones is finally going to deliver on the promise of all-out war that's been bubbling under the surface for years. The "attacking animals" comment suggests these burns are likely to come from gigantic dragons, but more wildfire isn't entirely out of the question either.


Plenty of television shows spend season after season teasing some big oncoming storm in order to keep viewers watching, without being able to live up to the self-generated hype. With a sizeable budget and plenty of ambition behind them, it sounds like the Game of Thrones team is actually going to make good on what we've all been wanting to see from day one: a really big dragon burning soldiers alive en masse while Peter Dinklage sits somewhere chuckling to himself and eating grapes.

Of course, the danger with this kind of fanservice is that there's still one more season to go. If Game of Thrones delivers an enormous climax this season, then wrapping up the show in a satisfying manner is going to be all the more difficult. But hey, that's the point of setting a world record - it gives you something to top when you return to try again the next year.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16, 2017.
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