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Game of Thrones: Night King says season 8 will see 'biggest battle in TV history'

By James Gant

A Game of Thrones actor has revealed when in the new series 'the biggest battle in television history' will take place.

The spoiler came from Slovak actor Vladimir Furdik - who plays the Night King.

HBO guard their Northern Ireland sets for the show tighter than the Night's Watch guarded the Wall.

So much so that the director of three of the episodes in the final series, David Nutter, has admitted to filming fake scenes to throw off any paparazzi who sneaked on to the set.

He told HuffPost: "Sometimes there were paparazzi in amazing places – on construction cranes and all kinds of crazy places, to try to get a point of view of things.

"They were all over, everywhere, trying to get in on what was happening. But it was definitely a situation where there was no paper on the set, [that] type of thing."

He added: "[The producers] wanted to make sure nobody knew what was happening, and they went to the nth degree, like they do on the show in general. They basically take it to the point where it's like the Gestapo. It's tough to get answers."

So the loose tongue by the mostly muted Night King comes as a surprise.

Mr Furdik took over the role of the Night King from Richard Brake in season six for undisclosed reasons.

But the 48-year-old was a stunt double from series five through to seven.

He has also appeared as an actor or stunt double in films such as Eragon, War Horse, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Skyfall and as Andrzej in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

But his latest stunt was to reveal to Hungarian website Sorozat Wiki: "In the third part of the last season, there is a battle that the creators intend to be the biggest in television history.

"Almost the full episode will be about the battle - it will take about an hour."

The fighting has reportedly been shot over a number of months around the village of Toome, near Lough Neagh, Co Antrim - where Winterfell has been filmed.

But Mr Furdik would not say who will win the battle for the Iron Throne.

On whether it is Brann Stark, he said: "It would be an amazing surprise, but I can tell you that there will be no shortage in season eight.

"There will be a lot of dragons, the Night King will return, and the biggest battle of the season will be completed.

"It will be interesting to see what [show runner] David Benioff has found out for the big finale. But I cannot tell more about it."

Game of Thrones will return in April 2018.

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