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See How Game Of Thrones’ Battle Of The Bastards Scene Was Made With Pure CG Magic

What can you make with a green screen and massive production budget? The incredible battle scene at the centre of Game of Thrones’ ninth episode for one thing. The Battle of the Bastards, in which Jon Snow went up against the detestable (and newly faceless) Ramsay Bolton, looked very real, but was actually very CG (a big relief, considering how many horses met their end).

The massive armies on each side were the work of a visual effects studio out of Australia called iLoura. The team that created the scene just released a three-minute-long clip that shows how they did it. The video highlights how time consuming the animation process is—especially when you’re creating something as epic in scale as a GoT battle scene.

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The work doesn’t come cheaply, either. For fans wondering why Snow’s direwolf Ghost wasn’t fighting alongside him, the answer comes down to dollars. “[Ghost] was in there in spades originally, but it’s also an incredibly time consuming and expensive character to bring to life,” episode director Miguel Sapochnik said in an interview with Business Insider. “Ultimately we had to choose between Wun-Wun and the direwolf, so the dog bit the dust.”

Ironically, so did Wun-Wun in the end. RIP, semi-friendly giant. Watch how the epic battle scene was built from the ground up in the clip below.

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