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Game Of Thrones has gained many awards and records in its past seasons, and with Season 7 comes another ridiculously dangerous world record. Those airplane sized dragons must really do some damage in the upcoming season, as showrunner David Benioff describes how the show set records setting people ablaze below:

In one battle scene, we set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire. Our stunt coordinator really wanted to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for this.

You read that right. In their quest to become the greatest show of all time, Game Of Thrones actually set a record number of people on fire to give a sense of realism to a scene with the dragons. Unfortunately, EW tells us that there is no official record for such a feat, but let me be the first to speak up and say that there definitely should be after what everyone involved did to make this happen!

Setting even one stuntman on fire can be a task as you need a lot of protective gear, cooling gel, and the ability to hold your breath while acting to get the shot everyone is satisfied with. Obviously, it isn't the kind of stunt you want to repeat or go wrong, so the fact that the Game Of Thrones staff managed to pull this off with only one hand burn injury is pretty phenomenal. That feat is thanks in no small part to award winning stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam, who shares more details on the accomplishment below:

One sequence has 73 fire burns and that itself is a record. No film or TV show has ever done that in a whole show, let alone in one sequence. We also set 20 people on fire at one time, which is also a record. I think in Saving Private Ryan they had 13 on a beach, and on Braveheart, they had 18 partial burns. Because of the nature of our attacking animals, we had the liberty to expand on that.

Rowley Irlam continues by stating that the biggest danger is accidentally inhaling during the process and sucking flames into your body. Actors typically must hold their breath for 30 seconds, which sounds like an easy enough task until you realize you must also act like you're in agony and flail around. Take that and the fact that you're blind and may accidentally bump into one of nineteen other actors flailing, and the risk for breathing in on reflex is increased exponentially. Avoid all that and get extinguished, and you could still get injured as the flame can reignite without warning! As mentioned though, only one person out of the numerous stunt burns was lightly injured, so I suppose the Game Of Thrones safety protocol is as on point as their spoilers security.

Whether the practical burning method was better than just using CGI will be seen when Game Of Thrones Season 7 premieres July 16th at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. We're just a little over a month away which means you have time to jump into one of the new shows on our summer premiere guide while you bide your time waiting for the return to Westeros. If you don't have much of an interest towards current television, perhaps check our renewal guide for shows coming back next year you need to binge and catch up on.

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