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    "It sounds as though the entirety of one of Game of Thrones' six remaining episodes will be a battle sequence."

    While this story doesn't contain direct spoilers, those who want to know nothing about GoT Season 8 should turn away now.

    A new set report from Entertainment Weekly, reveals that one episode will feature the battle of Winterfell, pitting human allies against the army of the Night King.

    It'll bring together the most major GoT characters in one place since the show's first episode and is apparently 'expected to be the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film'.

    The wording there is interesting. EW says the episode will "be" the longest battle sequence, not "include" it, which implies the battle will take up the entirety of its runtime. With some episodes this season expected to run up to 90 minutes long, that could be very considerable.

    Some, but definitely not all, of the characters involved are Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).

    It is also definitely not the series finale, which will be directed by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, and whose details are far more under wraps (to the point where only approved crew members with bespoke 'Episode 6' badges were allowed on set).

    Requiring 11 weeks of night shoots and up to 750 cast and crew members, the episode sounds like it may also be the most exhausting in GoT history, to the point where director Miguel Sapochnik apparently phoned actors a year in advance to tell them to prepare.

    We've heard about this episode before, when assistant director Jonathan Quinlan posted a note thanking cast and crew for 55 nights' work. Now we know why he said that the shoot was for "something that's never been done before".

    As for what actually happens in that battle, we're understandably less sure on that. Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told EW:
    There's much, much more in EW's report, with some fairly astonishing stories about the effort that went into this episode and others.

    We won't have to wait too long to see what that hard work made – Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere on April 14.
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