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For Game of Thrones, Creating One Wight Was 'More Complicated Than 10,000'

By Beth Elderkin on at

Game of Thrones has concluded its deep dive into how it’s made with HBO’s final instalment of the behind-the-scenes series The Game Revealed, which goes into how they brought the wight from Beyond the Wall to un-life. And for the designers, singling out a single wight was tougher than building an army.

“Strangely enough, one wight [is] way more complicated than 10,000 wights,” episode director Jeremy Podeswa said. “You’re dealing with a wight with a lot more detail.”

The clip shows just how much work went into showcasing a zombie that had the attention of the entire Seven Kingdoms, and it’s very impressive. They used a mix of practical and digital effects, with two separate stunt performers playing the top and lower halves of the wight’s sliced-up body. You see how stunt performer Michael Byrch gave an extremely dedicated performance, especially for a character that was largely digitised. You can even hear his muffled zombie cries underneath his mask, which were replaced with shrieks.

Also, got to give a shout-out to Lena Headey, who sounds positively over the moon that she got to act alongside an undead monster: “For me, being a horror nerd, I was slightly giggly. I was like, ‘Oh! My very own zombie.’”

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