The more I look back on season six of Game of Thrones, the more I like it. The finale episode, entitled “The Winds of Winter,” was unquestionably one of the series’ high points, and that was largely due to the amazing combination of writing, directing, acting, music, and visual effects. That last part cannot be overstated: at this stage in Game of Thrones, fans expect a certain level of spectacle, and VFX are essential in bringing that to life. Case in point: this cool new video reel from Rising Sun Pictures (via Sploid) showing off the explosive effects from the season finale when Cersei blew up the Sept of Baelor.
For the finale of season six of HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones¸ Rising Sun Pictures faced a formidable challenge: replicate the sprawling city of King’s Landing and its central shrine, the Great Sept of Baelor, and then burn them to the ground in a magical, green-hued inferno.
New to the Game of Thrones production team, RSP created visual effects for several episodes of the show’s recently concluded sixth season. Most of the work centered on King’s Landing and the Sept as artists produced photo-realistic CG set extensions and architectural enhancements that were blended with location footage to create the luxurious, walled city overlooking the sea.
After you’re done with that, be sure to watch the VFX reel for The Battle of The Bastards, check out the NSFW Comic-Con blooper reel, and read our predictions for what’s to come in season seven.