By CCN.com: Game of Thrones broke new records again with Sunday night’s bloody Battle of Winterfell episode, The Long Night.
It was the longest battle scene ever broadcast on TV or film (yes, longer than the Battle of Helm’s Deep in Lord of the Rings). And we lost some huge names from the GoT universe.
The Battle of Winterfell, which took 55 days to shoot, had a budget to match. But how much did it cost to slay each of the major characters in one historic episode?
Obviously, spoilers ahead.
HBO granted the Game of Thrones showrunners a $90 million budget for the final season. Broken down into episodes, that’s $15 million each (more than the budget for some Hollywood films).
We can reasonably assume the Battle of Winterfell cost more than some of the other episodes in the series. And the $15 million doesn’t include special effects or reshoots. But for the sake of this calculation, let’s go with the $15 million figure.
Next, we need to know who died. We’ll ignore the swathes of Dothraki and Unsullied that perished and focus on the major characters:
With a $15 million budget and eight major on-screen deaths, that’s an average of $1.875 million each.
The battle scene was the longest ever broadcast, beating the epic Lord of the Rings battle at Helm’s Deep (40 minutes). According to Entertainment Weekly, director Miguel Sapochnik undertook extensive research to make the historic shoot:
“When preparing for the shoot, [Miguel] Sapochnik tried to find a longer battle sequence in cinema history and couldn’t. The closest was the nearly 40-minute Helm’s Deep siege in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which he studied to determine when the audience would get ‘battle fatigue’ from too much hacking and slashing. ‘It feels like the only way to really approach it properly is take every sequence and ask yourself: ‘Why would I care to keep watching?’”
Fans are now left waiting for the saga’s epic conclusion with just five episodes left until Game of Thrones comes to a dramatic end.