On the occasion of the broadcast of The Two Towers on TFX, we take a look back at the chaotic shooting of one of the most epic battles in the history of cinema, Helm’s Gouffre.
A year and a half ago, season 8 of Game of Thrones ended, not without leaving behind a certain taste of unfinished business, but also the flavor of the epic. Indeed, during a Dantesque episode 3, the narrative arc of the King of the Night came to its conclusion after a long night battle, in the cold, mud and blood.
But how does The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers relate to me? The main inspiration for this episode is a bloody and masterful battle set in Peter Jackson’s film: Helm’s Deep.
If the 55 nights of filming episode 3 of season 8 of Game of Thrones were trying, it is nothing compared to the filming of the battle of Helm’s Deep. It took 4 months to put in a box what will be the highlight of the feature film, the highlight of the show! This daunting battle will completely exhaust the actors. Some will even go so far as to injure themselves, like Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), breaking a tooth. Orlando Bloom (Legolas), meanwhile, broke his rib while falling from his horse.
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Over 4 months, there were 3 months of shooting at night, in torrential rain and freezing cold. Almost twice as much as for the Battle of Winterfell. The main actors and the hundreds of extras present had to deal with absolutely appalling filming conditions. The stuntmen were also on the verge of exhaustion, failing to break the gate of the defensive wall during one streak.
The battle for Helm’s Deep, also exhausting for the viewer, will force Peter Jackson to reduce its impact by inserting scenes including characters hidden in the fortress. The Battle of Winterfell will pick up on this idea by inserting footage into the crypt. All this with the aim of making the spectator breathe, in the grip of a rather intense stress during the viewing.
Released in 2002, the film was a worldwide triumph, grossing $ 927 million. In France, it gathered more than 7 million spectators.
The making-of of the battle