—from the most fantastic to the most mundane—is accomplished with the use of virtual backlot. But a fantasy series like Game of Thrones invites examination and, thankfully BlueBolt, the company behind the show’s effects, has put together a effects reel to show you just how many and much of your favorite Westerosi settings are pulled from the bowels of a computer. Expecting elaborate effects, I was still surprised how much certain cornerstone sets—Winterfell, in particular—are artifice. It’s definitely worth a look (though there are spoilers aplenty late in the reel):
—keeps each episode’s introduction relevant to the action at hand.