How the special effects team pulled off the biggest ‘Game of Thrones’ scene yet

They've done it again.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Aug 5, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 5:31 am CDT

Daenerys Targaryen may have dropped the flaming mic on the fifth season of Game of Thrones by riding out of Meereen on a dragon, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the stunning work by the show’s visual effects crew.

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Like “Hardhome” just before it, the people who worked on the final scenes of “The Dance of Dragons” had a nearly impossible task ahead of them. They had to build Daznak’s Pit off of the bullring of Osuna, fill it with thousands of people along with a few hundred extras, show some extras getting burned and eaten, and create a Drogon that’s not only realistic but menacing as well.

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And as much as people ribbed how similar Daenerys’s flight was to The Neverending Story, the results are just as breath-taking as we imagined the scene in the book.

Just give the visual effects team all the Emmys already.

H/T Digg | Screengrab via WIRED/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 5, 2015, 3:51 pm CDT