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Game of Thrones' Weapons Master on Season 7: 'We Have a Lot More Armies'

Game of Thrones' Weapons Master on Season 7: 'We Have a Lot More Armies'
From TIME - July 7, 2017

The violence on Game of Thrones all stems back to a single warehouse in Belfast.

When TIME was on-set for our cover story on the HBO series (whose seventh season premieres July 16), one of our first stops was to the armory. It's where Tommy Dunne, the show's weapons master, forges and stores the weapons for the series's various warring factions. Huge bushels of spearssome simple, some curved or decorated to fit their holderare held together by duct tape. Swords are sorted by clanthere are neatly organized slots in the shelving unit for swords labeled "Bolton," "Tyrell," "Lannister" and "Sellswords." Pity those fighters whose swords are labeled "DEAD"including "Robb Stark" and "Ramsay." These characters are off the show, but their swords live on here, at least.

The show, though, tends to add rather than subtract. "Obviously, its a show that creates a lot of new armies, a lot of new characters," said Dunne. "This year, we have a lot more armies, a lot more numbers. Youre replicating armies and adding new ones as well. And it seems to have worked."

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Dunne manufactures various styles of weapons: "anytime you are on horseback or fighting," he says, "it's rubber. For harder action, it might be aluminum. We only ever use the steel 'hero' for close-up." There are multiple "heroes" for each major sword on the show to ensure that there will always be one on hand, and they take some time to complete. "Oathkeeper," the ornate, jewel-encrusted sword Jaime gives to Brienne of Tarth, took a week, with the five-member armory group working on it off and on amid other tasks.

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