A stunt performer from Game of Thrones is suing for an injury she incurred during the show’s last season. A Game of Thrones was first published in 1996 by George R.R. Martin, but it wasn’t until 2011 that the series became a cultural phenomenon. The residents of Westeros fought for the Iron Throne while facing the White Walkers in HBO’s Game of Thrones, which lasted eight seasons. Even though the show ended in 2019, it remains popular, with a prequel series, House of the Dragon, set to debut this year and Martin working on the next novel in the series, The Winds of Winter.
Despite the fact that Game of Thrones is a profitable IP for HBO, fans and critics alike have panned the show’s seventh and eighth seasons. With only six episodes, the final season was the shortest in the franchise, making plots appear hurried. Before Jon Snow and Daenerys came into war with the Lannisters in the first few episodes of Game of Thrones season 8, the conflict was concentrated on the battle against the White Walkers. Melisandre, Jorah Mormont, Theon Greyjoy, and the Night King, who was murdered by Arya Stark, died in Episode 3 “The Long Night,” a pivotal episode for the series.
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Many stunt performers were involved in the last season of Game of Thrones, but one of them is now suing for an injury received on set. Casey Michaels is suing Fire & Blood Productions for $5 million, according to Variety. Michaels sustained a “severe fracture dislocation to her left ankle” after a stunt in which she walked off a roof in “The Long Night. According to court filings, there were 28 stunt performers in total, with groups of 4-5 walking from the roof at a time. The performers were told to walk from the roof of the set “as though heedless of the plunge, in keeping with the Wights’ zombie-like mentality,” before landing on cardboard boxes and mats below.
Michaels argues that the setup was not sturdy owing to the large number of persons who fell and climbed off the cardboard boxes, resulting in her injuries as the final Wight to fall. Michaels has been undergoing foot operations (one of which included the insertion of a plate and screws) and rehabilitation for the past four years while also dealing with trauma and despair. The stuntwoman claims she still struggles with simple chores, but the production firm refutes her claims. The rig Michaels landed on, according to Fire & Blood Productions, was “durable and did not collapse when a stunt performer stepped off the mattress and rolled away” and that she did not follow the stunt instructions. The damage was “caused either by the Claimant’s failure to execute the pled stunt properly and/or with the skill and care of a reasonably qualified stunt performer, or by pure accident,” they said.
Michaels is an experienced stunt performer who has worked on multiple big-budget blockbusters such as Star Wars and Marvel, so her claim that the conditions on the Game of Thrones set were unsafe has merit. With four years having elapsed since Michaels’ injuries, a court will find it difficult to determine what transpired on the day of the accident. Given the severity of Michaels’ injuries and her lack of recompense, the complaint does not appear frivolous, but it is difficult to predict how the matter will play out until Michaels and Fire & Blood Productions make additional declarations.