People have speculated how large they think the favourite of Dany’s three dragons might be. But following the airing of the latest episode yesterday, the director of “The Spoils of War”, Matt Shakman, has revealed just how large Drogon actually is.
Note: the following will discuss spoilers from the most recent episode, so if you haven’t caught up with “The Spoils of War” I suggest reading our latest recap or coming back when you’ve seen it. You have been warned.
In an interview with Variety about the battle, whereby Drogon summarily burnt all and sundry, director Matt Shakman revealed that Drogon is the size of a Boeing 747 and his cone of flame is 30 feet wide, or just over 9 metres in metric:
Right. The horror on the ground is much larger than it has been, I think – the damage and the destruction from the last time we saw a dragon attack in Season 6. Now Drogon is the size of a 747 and the cone of flame that he sends out is 30-feet wide. So we discussed early on that the center of that flame would be so hot that it would carbonize almost instantly. So we looked a lot at Pompei as reference, which led to the idea of people just turning to ash in an instant.
Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms uses the imperial system, in case you were wondering. The director also revealed that the battle, the first major on-screen fight of the series so far, required “18 main unit days, roughly around five second-unit days, and then several weeks” of shooting for effects back in Belfast.
You can read the full interview over at Variety.