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Drogon spitting fire in the Loot train battle

It's been an insane months or so for fans of HBO's Game of Thrones. With just a few episodes of the series left before its finale, the elements are truly coming together and every episode contains massive moments that fans have been looking forward to. One of these is finally seeing Dany's dragon and Dothraki in battle, which and the Loot Train battle definitely came through for the fandom. And the visuals of Lannister troops being burned alive certainly seemed dangerous, it turns out that shooting the already iconic sequence was actually dangerous for both the actors and crew. Game of Thrones cinematographer Robert McLachlan revealed exactly why, saying:

Since we wanted black smoke, we had to burn diesel. After a few days the cast and crew were hacking. Our faces were black, even though we were wearing masks. And the actors couldn't wear masks, since they had to be on camera. The HBO health and safety officer told us we had to stop using the diesel.

As if the explosions and heart pounding medieval warfare wasn't already a lot to juggle, the cast and crew had to worry about being able to breathe during the weeks it presumably took to film the entirety of the Loot Train sequence. The Great Game truly is terrifying.

Robert McLachlan revealed details about the last two episodes of Game of Thrones to Business Insider. It's here where he revealed the ebbs and flows of producing the acclaimed fantasy series, and it apparently is nowhere as easy as it looks.

The Loot Train battle was one of the most thrilling sequences in the history of Game of Thrones, so at least Robert McLachlan and company can now revel in their glorious success. And in addition to the gorgeous cinematography and stunning CGI utilized to bring Drogon and Dany's flaming flight to life, the scene was also thrilling because of the characters involved.

Everyone present in the battle where characters that the fandom absolutely loves (except the Sam's family). And while most of the fans are ultimately rooting for Dany, she attacked the Lannister army that was led by Jaime and Bronn. Although Jaime was originally the villain who pushed Bran out of a window, he's become a more and more sympathetic over the years. And on Dany's side was she, Drogon, and Tyrion. So if any character died during the battle, the audience would have likely been devastated. The stakes were high and the fandom felt pulled in multiple directions, which resulted in a glorious end to the short episode.

With Dany no longer afraid to strategically unleash her dragons in battle, then Robert McLachlan and company likely had to deal with the struggle of producing enough black smoke more than once. Alas, we'll just have to wait and see how the final two episodes of the season play out.

Game of Thrones is currently airing Sundays on HBO. In the meantime, you can check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.