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Season 8 of Game of Thrones will feature a scene that needed 55 straight days of shooting

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Apr 9, 2018, 2:36 PM EDT

There's no denying that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones (out next year) will be epic, but just how epic? We now have an idea of the sheer scale thanks to assistant director Jonathan Quinlan, who posted a thank you note from the series producers, lauding the entire crew on a massive shoot abroad. The note has since been deleted and Quinlan's Instagram has been set to private, but you can find a screenshot of it at The Independent. The message reads: 

"This is for the Night Dragons. For enduring 55 straight nights. For enduring the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep shit of Toome, and the winds of Magheramorne. When tens of millions of people around the world watch this episode a year from now, they won't know how hard you worked. They won't care how tired you were or how tough it was to do your job in sub-freezing temperatures. They'll just understand that they're watching something that's never been done before and that's because of you ... Thank You [signed] The Producer Types." 

Quinlan's caption to the photo gave a bit more context, saying that the filming took place over "55 consecutive nights, 11 weeks, and 3 locations. You’ll never again see anything like it.”

Now, Quinlan (a second unit director on Thrones, The Tick, and Vikings) was probably chastised by the HBO executives for posting this, which, in a way, is a semi-spoiler. What sequence needed 55 straight days of shooting? If we had to wager a guess, we'd say it's probably the all-out battle between Westeros and the White Walkers. After all, winter finally arrived when the Night King destroyed the wall with his zombie ice dragon at the end of Season 7. Royal titles and squabbles will no longer matter as every last human fights to the death (or undeath) to keep the living in charge. 

Game of Thrones is known for its staggering set pieces, particularly when it comes to battle sequences. However, it looks like this 55-day juggernaut of a scene will be the Battle of Castle Black, Battle of the Bastards, and Loot Train Attack all rolled into one, strapped to a nuclear bomb, and launched into the moon. In short, you won't want to miss this one. 

At the moment, there is no set premiere date (or even month) for Season 8. What we do know is that it will contain six episodes, which are directed by the likes of Miguel Sapochnik, David Nutter, and, of course, show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.