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Game of Thrones crew “shot down” drones to prevent final season spoilers

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In case you’ve been a cultural hermit for the past seven years – you should know that Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows in the world.

Tens of millions of folk across the globe can’t get enough of the mediaeval HBO epic and are gagging for the next series. It is perhaps unsurprising then, that there are many drone owners (and probably a few journalists and paparazzi) who take to the skies, eager to film or snap images of the GoT shooting locations or, better still, the crew on location.

According to a post on GoT fan site, Winter is Coming, drones have been frequent intruders on filming locations in Northern Ireland, Croatia and Iceland across the series’ seven seasons. Drone video sharing platform, AirVūz, has dozens of videos from users showing locations for the final season of the show, which are viewable here.

The problem of intruding drones has become so acute that HBO purchased drone killer cannons. This technology, which we’ve written about before in several articles, works by using radio frequencies to interrupt the signal travelling between a drone and its controller. The devices cause the drone in question to either return-to-home or to crash. Just one drone killer device costs around $30,000 but for a show as cash-soaked as GoT (in 2016, the per episode cost was more than $10 million), that’s chump change.

An example of a drone killer device.

Sophie Turner, the actress who plays Sansa Stark, told Entertainment Weekly:

“If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool. It creates a field around it and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.”

Such was the secrecy over the filming of the last season that HBO implemented no-fly zones over their shooting locations during filming, meaning that helicopters and planes were forbidden from passing overhead.

To give UAVs their due – they also have played a big part in the filming of GoT, particularly for large battle scenes or beautiful scenic shots.

Dubrovnik in Croatia is the location for “King’s Landing” in Game of Thrones.

The eighth and final season GoT is set to premiere next April. Until that time, we can expect more people to be clamouring for info to quench their GoT thirst.

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