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Game of Thrones’ cinematographer breaks down the ‘dragon-induced Armageddon’ in The Spoils of War

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Canadian cinematographer Robert McLachlan is a Game of Thrones veteran. He’s shot eight episodes of the show, including “The Dance of Dragons,” where Daenerys faces assassins from dragonback in the Daznak fighting pit, and “The Rains of Castamere,” the episode with the Red Wedding. And most recently, he shot “The Spoils of War,” episode 4 of season 7, where Daenerys takes her dragons into battle in Westeros for the first time. The episode was tremendously complicated, as a behind-the-scenes video reveals — it involved coordinating explosive devices, pyrotechnics, and a vast crowd of extras, in addition to CGI dragons and complicated close-quarters combat.

But McLachlan is used to complicated shoots, and big projects, after decades in the…

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