Game of Thrones Visual Effects

The sixth season of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us, and it sounds like we should enjoy every single hour that we get since the final two seasons of the show may be much shorter than expected. While we wait, there’s no better time to take a look at the visual effects that bring the fantasy world of Westeros to life.

A show like this wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago, but advancements in technology and a shift in the popularity of television programming has allowed for bigger budgets and more impressive post-production work. A new Game of Thrones visual effects featurette shows how the crew was able to bring giants, dragons and white walkers to life in the fifth season of the show, not to mention creating many of the settings we see in every episode.

Here’s the Game of Thrones visual effects featurette for the fifth season, originally from Facebook:

Just the talk about the massive green screen walls was impressive enough. But nothing beats seeing a flame thrower fixed on a crane, whipping around an arena in place of a dragon. Even if there wasn’t a dragon in Game of Thrones, just a crane shooting fire is terrifying enough.

If you’re anxious for the new season of Game of Thrones, you can watch the most recent trailer right here. And if that’s not enough, check out our breakdown that goes through every important frame of the trailer for clues of what we can expect this season. My bet is that it’s lots of death and betrayal.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24.

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