Tonight’s HBO hit Game of Thrones will have the biggest action scene in TV history. But unlike the climactic Thrones battles in previous years, this sequence arrives almost entirely without any build up. Last year’s “The Watchers on the Wall” was years in the making, and the second season’s “Battle of the Blackwater” came after a season of Stannis Baratheon planning an invasion of King’s Landing. However, tonight is very different.
“Hardhome” has a sequence that will rank among the show’s most amazing moments. “It was three to four weeks of shooting for a sequence that should add up to [more than] 20 minutes,” said star Kit Harington. “We shot less than a minute a day! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done on Thrones. I think it’s going to be spectacular.”
We can tell you and fans of the series know by now, that Lord Commander Jon Snow and Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) arrive at the remote seaside outpost of Hardhome as Snow hopes to unite the Wildlings and the Night’s Watch to defend the realm from the White Walker threat. There they meet a Wildling chieftain named Karsi (Danish Pitch Perfect 2 actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) as they try to convince the remaining tribes to return with them to relative safety of Castle Black.
“I think [HBO] has realized that to keep people engaged with this show, the big set pieces each year have to be bigger than the ones before,” Harington said. “[The Battle of Castle Black in] episode 9 last year was the hardest thing I’ve done. This was twice as hard as that. It was exhausting.”
“Game of Thrones” airs Sunday nights on HBO in the U.S., and Mondays on Sky Atlantic in the U.K.