The final season of “Game of Thrones” is now airing on HBO and has more six episodes to go before the epic hit series ends.
Fans might be interested in the facts and figures that has turned the series into one of the globe’s greatest hits.
“Game of Thrones” first aired on April 17, 2011 and is broadcast in 207 countries and territories and simulcast in 194 countries and territories.
US viewership for each season was 9.3 million for season one, 11.6 million for season two, 14.4 million for season three, 19.1 million for season four, 20.2 million for season five, 25.7 million for season six and 32.8 for season seven.
With well over 100 licensees globally, “Game of Thrones” is most-licensed programme in HBO history.
Over the course of its eight seasons, “Game of Thrones” has filmed in 10 countries, namely Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, United States, Canada and Scotland. There have been 50 locations in Ireland – 49 in Northern Ireland and one in the Republic of Ireland.
Belfast is home to Titanic Studios, which has six shooting stages that housed the interiors of Winterfell, Castle Black, High Hall of the Eyrie, the Sky Cells in the Eyrie, the Hall of Faces, the House of Black and White, the Great Sept of Baelor, the Great Pyramid of Meereen Throne Room and the iconic King's Landing Throne Room.
The series has used 12,986 extras in Northern Ireland alone and 2,000 Northern Ireland crewmembers across the series’ eight seasons.
Overall, the show totalled 105,846 days for extras across all seasons and countries.
The series has utilised a total of 40 VFX houses in 13 countries, namely the US, Canada, the UK, Northern Ireland, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, China, France, Sweden and India. There were 13,250 VFX shots in the first seven seasons of the series.
Weeks of post-production per season were 17 weeks for season one, 21 weeks for season two, 20 weeks for season three, 21 weeks for season four, 22 weeks for season five, 24 weeks for season six, 30 weeks for season seven and 42 weeks for season eight.
During all eight seasons, and specific to production in Northern Ireland, 1,700 kg of rubber and 1.5 tons of metal were used for armoury, with 1,300 shields created.
Additionally, production used 52,000 bags of paper snow, 163 tons of propane, 3,000 pyrotechnic effects, 15,000 litres of artificial blood; 20,907 candles, 25 miles of rope; 7,000 metres of waxed cotton fabric to make more than 330 tents, and 80 kilometres of fabric for costumes. The construction department used: 1,200 km s of repurposed timber, 60,000 sheets of plywood, 20,000,000 screws and bolts, 65,000 bags of plaster, 4,996 litres of wood glue, 1,200 blocks of polystyrene, 1,000 sheets of fire board, more than 1,600 km of cable, and 120 semitruck loads of reclaimed beams from warehouses and barns from all over Europe.
Since season four, the SFX teams utilised 11,077 kg of silicone (for prosthetics) and 499 kg of Coffee Mate (for pyrotechnics). The longest prosthetics applications were for the Children of the Forest and the Mountain, which took seven hours.
Over the course of eight seasons, “Game of Thrones” has used 12,137 wigs and hairpieces. Deanerys’ wig colour and style are the result of more than two months of testing and seven prototypes.
Also over the eight seasons, 19,722 travel documents have been issued, 68,143 hotel rooms booked, 1,749 call sheets issued and 243 shooting schedules issued over the eight seasons.
Primary unit photographer Helen Sloan has taken 1.4 million stills over all seasons.
Over the first seven seasons, “Game of Thrones” received: a total of 132 Emmy nominations and 47 wins; seven Golden Globe nominations and one win; 18 SAG Award nominations and seven wins; 17 Critics' Choice Award nominations and one win; and seven AFI award wins.
The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones”, which filmed in Northern Ireland, Spain, Iceland and Canada, is now available on HBO and is also available on HBO GO via AIS Play and AIS Playbox.