Stuntman Sues HBO Over Battle of Winterfell
Three years later, HBO’s final season The iron Throne continues to be a controversial and destructive thing; Rarely has a series burned its own goodwill in such a short time, leaving critics, creators, and fans to sift through the ashes of all that remains. Now, while HBO continues to bet that Westeros excitement remains high, generally, with the upcoming release of The iron Throne prequel Dragon House this August – a much more practical effect of the production’s alleged failures has come to light: a $5 million lawsuit filed by stuntwoman Casey Michaels, alleging she was negligently injured while filming the sequence Battle Of Winterfell the third episode of the season.
Specifically, Michaels, who is the daughter of veteran Hollywood stunt performers and has performed as Wight in the episode of the question – played one of the many ice zombies who descend from a roof in the middle of a battle, demonstrating the senseless and indifferent nature of the threats that attack the defenders of the castle. By Varietysaid the stunt came with instructions that the performers had to fall”as if unaware of the fall, in keeping with the Wights’ zombie nature”, landing on cardboard mats designed to cushion the impact. Michaels alleges the mats dislodged and crushed during the shot so that by the time she landed, as one of the last Wights off the roof, she suffered a serious foot injury which disrupted her life for the past 4 years. .
Among other things, Michaels states in her statement that she had to undergo multiple surgeries and extensive physical therapy on her foot; she has also worked much less since the injury. The total damages in the case could be as high as $5 million, according to court documents filed last year.
For its part, Fire & Blood Productions – the HBO-owned subsidiary named here as the defendant – countered that any injury Michaels suffered on set of the show was likely her own fault. The company says its safety materials were “durable and didn’t get compressed when a stunt performer got down on the mattress and rolled over”, and alleges that Michaels – who like all performing artists was heavily padded – ignored instructions from the stunt coordinator and fell instead “”like a pencil”, rigidly or vertically.”