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'Game of Thrones' season seven has broken its own record for "most people set on fire"

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As if we weren’t already excited enough about Game of Thrones season seven (which airs in 40 days, not that we’re counting down), it’s now emerged that it’s already setting records – before it’s even come out.

And no, it’s not one of those boring records about how many people are watching it that matter to TV companies but are deathly boring to us. It’s not a record for “most extras used” or “most expensive costume design”, which are mildly more interesting, but still no one really cares about. No, this is a cool record. This is a record about setting people on fire.

In season seven, Game of Thrones will claim the record for most stuntmen simultaneously set of fire – with 73.

We’ll take a pretty safe bet that there are dragons to blame for that number.

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"Dracarys!"

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner David Benioff said: "In one battle scene we set more stuntmen on fire than have ever been simultaneously set on fire. Our stunt coordinator really wanted to get in the Guinness World Records for this.

"One sequence has 73 fire burns and that itself is a record. No film or TV show has ever done that in a whole show, let alone in one sequence. We also set 20 people on fire at one time, which is also a record.

"It's totally different from going underwater in your bathtub and counting the seconds in your head. If somebody bumps you and you breathe in by accident you will breathe in flame.

"The most dangerous thing is re-ignition. There's a good minute of everybody staying down afterward as you're still very flammable at this point."

Couple this news with the fact that the show is also going to be moving at a “much faster pace” this season, and you’re going to be willing away half of summer just so we can reach Game of Thrones season.

We’ll be with you all the way.

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