'Game of Thrones' to set record for most burnings

The highly anticipated upcoming seventh season of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' has a real treat for fire enthusiasts.
By Tracy Williams | Jun 07, 2017
The highly anticipated upcoming seventh season of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' has a real treat for fire enthusiasts: setting the record for the most people set alight in a film or TV production.

"In one battle science we set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire, " bragged show runner David Benioff to Entertainment Weekly. "Our stunt coordinator really wanted to get in the Guinness World Book of Records for this."

Unfortunately for Benioff, the world-record-keeping organization does not at least not yet keep track of pyrotechnics in film and TV, EW reports.

Thrones stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam says it is not easy protecting stunt people from getting burned. In an upcoming episode, 20 actors have to don fire resistant protective gear and get slathered with cooling gel before being smothered in flames.

"One sequence has 73 fire burns and that itself is a record," says Irlam. "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."

The actors must hold their breath for about 30 seconds until all the flames have been extinguished.

"It's totally different from going underwater in your bathtub and counting the seconds in your head," Irlam adds. "If somebody bumps you and you breathe in by accident you will breathe in flame."

The seventh season of Game of Thrones'is scheduled to start on July 16.

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