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15 Fascinating Facts About The "Battle Of The Bastards"

There was a lot less CGI than you'd think!

Game of Thrones has released a behind-the-scenes video of the "Battle of the Bastards," and it's full of interesting facts.

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Here's what we've learned...

1. That was an actual wall of cavalry charging at Kit Harington (Jon Snow), not CGI.

2. The horse master, Camilla Naprous, says this was the most responsibility she's ever had on set with 80 horses total.

3. Even the big clash used actual actors and horses charging past Jon Snow.

For that first big wave of cavalry, production shot about a dozen horses charging at each other and pulling up at the very last minute to make the clash look as real as possible. The rest was filled in with CGI and layering.

4. A "Russian arm" setup — a remote-controlled camera on a long rig attached to a moving car — was used to film Jon Snow's charge to rescue Rickon.

5. The production design team had to dress every single one of the fake human and horse corpses in the proper house sigils and armor.

6. Those piles of corpses were inspired by accounts of medieval and even American Civil War battles.

7. The Battle of Agincourt was one of the battles that influenced the Battle of the Bastards' tactics and staging.

8. Iwan Rheon, who plays Ramsay, says he "always wanted to do a scene" with Jon Snow — a role he originally auditioned for.

9. They shot that face-beating scene for 10 hours.

10. And the scene where Sansa finally gets her revenge? That's Sophie Turner's favorite Sansa scene in the series.

11. Even though it was a late-night shoot, they shot Sansa's triumphant walk away from Ramsay "12 or 13 times."

12. Benioff and Weiss joked to Rheon that Ramsay ends up on the Iron Throne before breaking the news of his upcoming death.

13. The shield wall wasn't originally in the script, but was added to save time and money.

14. That horrifying trampling scene was completely unscripted, and was a last-minute change due to time constraints.

15. In all, the shoot took 25 days and used 500 extras, 80 horses, 65 stunt actors, and four different camera crews.

And it was all totally worth it.