ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones promises to be on of the most epic of the season, and will most certainly boast the biggest battle in the entire series. "Battle of the Bastards" will finally show us the long-awaited showdown between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, and HBO isn't holding back.

So how big will this bastard battle be? Entertainment Weekly released the figures behind Season 6, Episode 9, and what it took to pull off the massive fight sequence.

Take a quick look and marvel at everything it took to film Game of Thrones' "Battle of the Bastards."

600 Crew Members

Hundreds of crew members mean everyone from the camera operators to the locations manager.

500 Trained Extras

In order to create the sizable infantries of Jon and Ramsay's armies, the extras had to be trained in combat to play the part of archers, spearmen, swordsmen and the like. Interestingly enough, though, they had to be trained as separate units to pull off the sense that they were truly on opposite sides and to further enhance the sense of rivalry. In Sunday night's episode, these 500 actors will be turned into thousands with the help of special effects.

160 Tons of Gravel

Given the wet landscape where they filmed, the production team had to bring in 160 tons of gravel to help give the horses some traction.

70 Horses

That's a lot of equines.

25 Stuntmen And Stuntwomen

In addition to the extras, there were 25 stuntmen and women on set to help pull off those really crazy scenes.

25 Days Of Filming

According to EW, the average filming time for an episode is between eight and 12 days. Game of Thrones more than doubled that for just one battle scene alone! Pretty impressive.

4 Camera Crews

Not four camera operators, four entire camera crews! Given the number of extras, horses, and stunt people involved, they certainly needed the manpower to take in all of that action.

$$$ Dollars

An exact dollar amount hasn't been released for "Battle of the Bastards," but we do know that the whole of Season 6 cost upward of $10 million per episode. Given the figures above and the sheer scale we've seen so far, it's probably safe to say that Episode 9 will be its most expensive of the season.

As a fan of all things movie and TV trivia, I'm fascinated by this breakdown. But let's be honest, the only thing we really care about is how many characters — and which ones — will die in "Battle of the Bastards."

Game of Thrones will air on Sunday Night on HBO.

Who do you think is going to die in "Battle of the Bastards?" Let us know in the comments section?

[Source: EW]


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