Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers: ‘Could’ve gone wrong’ Jorah star's stunt unveiled

Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers: ‘Could’ve gone wrong’ Jorah star's stunt unveiled

In the penultimate season of the HBO fantasy epic, viewers saw Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) take a band of men on a terrifying mission Beyond the Wall to capture a wight.

However, the group ended up in a lot of trouble when they were vastly outnumbered by the undead and were only saved when Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) swooped in with her dragons.

They all had to clamber onto the back of the dragon to be out of harms way, but it was a close call for the Game of Thrones characters.

Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) was one of those on the expedition and while he was saved, he could’ve had a very different fate as he had to hang on to the dragon while it was in motion.

Now, an insider has spilled on just how “astonishing” the stunt was to achieve behind-the-scenes.

Michelle Blok worked as lead previs supervisor on the sixth and seventh series’ as part of visualisation company The Third Floor.

She was heavily involved in the creation of the Frozen Lake sequence and has revealed just what Jorah star Iain had to go through as he hung off of the dragon model the actors had climbed up on.

Speaking exclusively to, she divulged: “When they had Jorah [Mormont] sort of hanging off and swinging around on wires, I mean he was so high up and he was hanging on with cameras flying past his head.

“There were so many things that could’ve gone wrong it’s a miracle that nothing did.

“Just to achieve that and to shoot it for real was quite astonishing.”

Michelle also touched upon the “scary” nature of Daenerys actress Emilia’s dragon riding as the model of the magical beast had to be placed so high up.

She said: “It’s very vertigo inducing because it is really high.

“It’s really hard to describe to people because I thought, you see the dragons on TV you think ‘that’s not big’ and when you see a full scale model of the dragon torso…it’s high.

“And they are climbing up on this thing and it’s just like ‘that is crazy’. Because we have to lift it up in the air to put it on the motion base and then we have to put cameras that are really low coming out…she [Emilia Clarke] she was thirty feet in the air.

“It’s just so scary. And then the thing starts moving.”

Earlier this week, HBO released the official trailer for the upcoming season – and there’s lots to be excited about.

In the sneak peak, it looked as though Jon could be preparing to ride a dragon on his own, alongside Daenerys on the other.

One shot saw the pair of them walking up to two grounded dragons leaving many fans excited at the prospect of what it could mean.

Game of Thrones season 8 will return to HBO and Sky Atlantic on April 14. Seasons 1-7 are currently streaming on NOW TV.

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