How ‘Game of Thrones’ designed last night’s fiery setting


This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 4, “The Stranger Book”.

The incendiary finale of last night’s powder keg of a Thones game The episode reminded us of the “fire” part of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) constant threats of “fire and blood”. With her dragons locked up or 90% MIA since Season 4, we haven’t had a good Mother of Dragons roast in a while. “It’s so exciting, very exciting. Every season I get at least one scary moment. I stand up and say, ‘I hear what you all say, but funny thing, I’m going to kill you all. I forgot I had an ace in my back pocket and now I’m winning, ”Clarke said. Weekly entertainment. We doubt there could have been any happier recipients than the Bro-thraki Khals who spent several episodes threatening to rape her and imprison her for the rest of her life.

While watching last night’s episode, you bathed in the warm glow of empowering women (and dead Khals), but you also witnessed the destruction of a unique setting thanks to decorator Deborah Riley. “What’s great about Vaes Dothrak is that we were able to try out a completely different type of architecture than anything I’ve explored on the show,” she told The Creators Project. While the general aesthetics and attitudes of the Dothraki seem to evoke the conquering cavalry of Genghis Khan, their holy city is actually a combination of Africans and Canadian architecture.

“I managed to find a really fantastic little African village. The references to it are brilliant. It’s called Benin, and their style of architecture is nothing like anything I’d seen before. we’re inspired a lot by the rooflines they use and their mud finish style and stuff, “Riley says. Repurposing a village used in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic in 2014, Exodus, with elements drawn from the architecture of Benin, the production design team was able to create a setting completely foreign to Western and Westerosi visual sensibilities. “What I was really proud of was that these buildings seem to have existed in this landscape,” Riley continues. “They correspond beautifully to the mountains and really seem to be integrated into this environment.”

Canadian architecture enters the (now former) Vaes Dothrak Temple, which is modeled after Arthur Erickson’s distinctive mezzanine at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. “The pace of the temple exterior is organized in exactly the same way as its building,” says Riley. “I took the building and turned its pace upside down.” These details help us see the Dothraki in a new light. Doesn’t it make sense that they are a mix of an African tribe and upside down Canadians? Of course, their culture is based on violence, but they mostly play the Game in socks, sarongs and sandals.

Pictured: Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen Credit: Helen Sloan / HBO

We won’t see the temple again, as it was razed to the ground by Daenerys Unburnt’s latest power play, herself a prime example of Game Of Thrones‘ Magic. We’ve seen actors walk through so much fire before in this show, but under different circumstances. Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) burning at the stake required similar visual magic. “The big deal with the special effects there was fire,” says Paul Ghirardani in a Season 5 featurette. Stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam adds, “We burn him at the stake stacking the flames, the camera and Ciarán, we create the illusion that he’s on fire.”

Awareness Game Of Thrones‘creators David Benioff and DB White’s dedication to using real fire whenever possible on this show, including massive dragon-sized flamethrowers, we suspect this scene was hot for Emilia Clarke, especially since it confirms to GE that it is in fact her in this conflagration. “It’s all me, all proud, all strong. It’s not a double,” she said. The scene contradicts claims that A song of ice and fire author (and Game Of Thrones producer) George RR Martin has said in the past, that Daenerys’ immunity to fire when she entered Khal Drogo’s stake in Season 1 was “unique, magical, wonderful, a miracle” and would probably never happen again. more. Meanwhile, showrunner Weiss calls him “his superpower,” in GE, although he quickly qualifies the statement by saying, “But it’s not that type of show.”

Nonetheless, this scene had something for everyone watching Game Of Thrones: killer effects, a woman kicking in the ass, a brutal power play that turned out well, nudity and anecdotes about niche architecture.

Pictured: Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen Credit: Courtesy of HBO

Game Of Thrones Airs on HBO Sundays at 9 p.m. EST.

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