The final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is arguably the most anticipated series of all time. From the final moment of Season 7, fans of the fantasy fiction series have been speculating about what will unfold in the great battles ahead.
The wait has been unbearable for many so far, but it’ll likely all be worth it.
There are, however, some who are unwilling to wait and will go to any lengths to gain juicy plot details ahead of the 2019 release date. So much so that Game of Thrones sets had to be protected from pesky drones snooping in on filming.
The Night is Dark and Full of Drones
Speaking at last week’s New York Comic Con, Sophie Turner – who plays Sansa Stark – told Entertainment Weekly that drones have regularly been caught flying over the set in Northern Ireland. The issue grew to become so critical, she suggested, that HBO crew members deployed a “drone killer”.
This device is capable of stopping a drone in flight, sending it plummeting back to earth – kind of like the Night King with Viserion (Sorry for that one…).
“It creates a field around it and the drones just drop,” Turner said. “It’s very X-Men.”
The “drone killer” device reportedly looks like a gun, and according to the LA Times, can be “aimed like a rifle or a shotgun at a drone in the air. The 30-degree field of its beam and its range of almost half a mile makes the target hard to miss.”
These devices have been used in the past, particularly in Los Angeles. They have typically been deployed by emergency services to prevent injuries or accidents. However, drone killers have also been deployed during major public events in the city.
The Game of Thrones set has been a no-fly zone for some time now. Helicopters and planes are also banned from flying overhead so as to prevent potential spoiler leaks. HBO has also coordinated with Northern Irish authorities to prevent photography near the set.
While drone killer devices may be a high-tech solution to combating drones, other options have been considered – and used elsewhere. In 2016, it was suggested that eagles could be deployed above the set to prevent this very thing from happening.