The Dragon Has Four Heads

James Tea from the Greens Dept. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

James Tea from the Greens Dept. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

Day 47: Dragons are ornery creatures. Some days, no matter how hard you coax them, they just continue to not exist. On those days, our props department calls down fire and blood with a four-headed blowtorch. Like today. Did our Brian McGraw – a stand-by chargehand prop in the Dragon Unit – ever look down at the bones and earth he was scorching and silently roar, imagining his protective suit as scales and the fuel rig on his back as wings?

Probably not. He was busy enough trying not to cook his legs. Or anything else down there.

 

A Season Finale’s Dance With Dragons

By Steve Marzolf

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You’d think that settling on the look of a dragon that’s going to close the first season of your groundbreaking new HBO series might be a bit nerve-wracking. But according to ‘Game of Thrones’ creator D.B. Weiss, it’s basically just pure awesomeness. “Whose inner 12-year-old doesn’t want to build dragons from the ground up? We had some really talented people working with us to make them into a reality,” he says of working with Bluebolt, UK – the lead VFX vendor for GOT Season 1. “We started with a lot of George [R.R. Martin]’s ideas about dragons, because George has definitely spent more time thinking about dragons than anyone I’ve ever met. We put together a giant file of notes and images, then the team took those and modeled them into something organic that’s hopefully really effective for people.”

Read the full interview with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on HBO.com to hear more of their thoughts on the biggest moments of Season 1.