You might have heard about the 55 consecutive night shoots, the gallons of mud, the piles of (fake) corpses. But when you're filming the longest battle in film or television history, the stunt crew are (literally) the hardest hit. How did they make it through the most ambitious episode of Game of Thrones to date? Time to go behind the scenes of "The Long Night" with this exclusive look from HBO. Here's what's inside:

  • Cast members dish on the hyper-realistic conditions that created such a convincing atmosphere
  • Why having a stunt performer in full Army of the Dead makeup running at you is about as scary as the real thing
  • How Maisie Williams trained to dual-wield dragonglass over a year before the episode began filming
  • Stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam reveals his all-in approach to choreographing chaos
  • Learn how to throw Arya Stark off a snowy roof!
  • Learn how to drop wights through a rotting roof onto Jon Snow!
  • Crafting the perfect out-of-nowhere moment during the episode's climactic scene
  • How Kit Harington and Maisie Williams really feel about that climactic scene
  • What it's like to see hundreds of thousands of real-life dead people die for real
  • Why the show's stunt performers might not ever want to do this again, but will never regret doing it this time

Television's biggest show still has more in store. Tune in to Game of Thrones on DIRECTV to find out how the epic story will end.