Okay, I am officially impressed. At this point in the show I didn’t think that [easyazon_link identifier=”0553593714″ locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Game of Thrones[/easyazon_link] could possibly top their most crowning moments. But that was before Daenerys Targaryen decided to take the offensive in Westeros. She’s great against slavers that have people to fight against them, but she’s absolutely terrifying to behold when she’s going up against tested soldiers and knights. You would think that the slavers would fare far worse against her fury, but to be honest she hadn’t been good and riled up yet. As of now, after losing one battle after another, Dany has had enough. She’s announcing her presence in Westeros, and she’s doing so with a ferocity that is simply unheard of.
Taking away the CGI and looking at how all these special effects are created however might be deemed as killing the magic for some. But in truth it’s just making it even more impressive to see how this one distinctive message to Cersei and [easyazon_link identifier=”B00D09E48M” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Westeros[/easyazon_link] came to be.
There are cameras aplenty capturing every moment on this battlefield.
There are cameras on trucks, cameras on dune buggy’s, and even a camera that glides along a cable set between two construction towers that simulates Drogon’s flight pattern. The amount of cameras used in this battle alone is simply impressive and it grants the battle a distinctive look from many different perspectives that keeps it from being too one-dimensional. While Drogon is incinerating the Lannister forces Bron is desperately trying to reach the weapon, and while Jamie is watching his men being burnt to a crisp the [easyazon_link identifier=”0804160864″ locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Dothraki[/easyazon_link] are doing what they can to tear apart those that remain. And every camera being used captures every last second of it in such glorious detail that you can’t help but think of how many man hours it must take to position, shoot, and edit.
The special effects, sans the CGI, are intense.
The pyrotechnics, the stunts that are pulled off, and the setting of the landscape is just amazing. Watching as they set up a line of explosives that will simulate the effect of [easyazon_link identifier=”B00GXO47JM” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Drogon[/easyazon_link] breathing fire upon the loot train is just mesmerizing. Also the horse-riding stunts, such as the Dothraki standing up to fire their bows, is extremely impressive. Added to this is the expertise of those that are continually shifting the battlefield for each scene to indicate what is happening and how they are so intricate with their details and designs. They have to take into account what dragonfire is going to do to a human body, how it will affect the landscape, and how it will all look when put together. In short they have to take what is given and adjust it to the needs of the shot in a very short amount of time so as to keep the scene rolling as much as possible. None of this can be easy, but it is uniquely amazing when it is all put together.
While Drogon and the other CGI elements of the battle and the show itself are very much enjoyed and even praised, the efforts of those that are not involved in the CGI are simply awesome.