BANBRIDGE, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 02: The iron throne from Game of Thrones is seen during a media preview day for the opening of the new Game of Thrones Studio Tour at Linen Mill Studios on February 2, 2022 in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment, the worlds first and only Game of Thrones Studio Tour is located at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, where a significant proportion of the shows Northern Ireland based filming took place. At over 100,000 sq ft, the interactive experience reveals the world of Westeros like never before, giving fans and visitors the chance to explore the famous sets of Kings Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone, The Wall and beyond. The Studio Tour showcases the exquisite sets and creative artistry behind the incredible costumes, props, weaponry and visual effects which brought the story of Game of Thrones to life. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
Did The Game Of
Thrones Cast
Really Do Their
Own Stunts?
Many "Game of Thrones" scenes involved incredibly physical feats, from horseback riding to complicated swordplay, so it is no surprise that they required stunt doubles. Though some actors impressively did their own stunts, the production's insurance policy ultimately decided who did what, as a serious injury could set production back.
In an interview with Esquire, the show’s horse trainer Camilla Naprous said, "As much as possible, I like to see the real thing," but noted there are times that they couldn't even use a real horse for the shots, let alone a real person. Some scenes were so dangerous even for highly-trained stunt doubles that digital production was used instead.
The show’s stunt director Rowley Irlam told Time that Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, did most of his own stunts. Irlam said, "He's doing all the fighting, he moves really well. He's great." Others on the show valued Harington's willingness to do his own stunts because it helped with the show's overall authenticity.
Harington did get injured while filming his first dragon ride during Season 8, but ironically it was his actions outside of work that necessitated he take a break from stunting. At his London flat, he climbed through a window and shattered his ankle, resulting in Harington having to use a body double on "Game of Thrones."