I am currently watching Game of Thrones S3, where a character’s throat is slit.

In scenes such as this, how is the fake wound and blood spray created? Also, how do actors provide perfect expressions of throat being slit?

(I haven't seen how a person dies when throat is slit in real life or any video of a real person being killed in such a manner, so I also can't judge if these scenes are realistically designed.)

I suppose the whole scene is computer generated.

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    @DrRDizzle this question is about "behind the scenes" information for a fantasy work, it's clearly on topic. It might get better answers on M&TV but that's the OP's choice. (Or it might already be answered, as I psychically predict to be the case.) – KutuluMike Aug 3 '15 at 14:23
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    This question has already been asked on Movies Stack Exchange: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/17665/… – onewho Aug 3 '15 at 14:23
  • I read the original revision, it asked about Game of Thrones (and also Breaking Bad). That's good enough to be on-topic. – KutuluMike Aug 3 '15 at 14:58
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    @MichaelEdenfield It used Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad as examples, but the question was asking about the technique in general, not specific to the episodes in question. If I asked "I saw Titan A.E the other day, which is an animated film. How are animated films created?" it wouldn't be on topic, and this question read similar to that. Now it is focused on the particular Game of Thrones episode, it is on-topic and I am retracting my close vote. – Dr R Dizzle Aug 3 '15 at 15:01
  • I agree with the above commenters that this question is on-topic, and am reopening it. Behind-the-scenes questions are allowed according to the help centre, provided they relate to a work of science fiction or fantasy (in this case, Game of Thrones). – Rand al'Thor Mar 7 '16 at 23:30

TL;DR: To answer your question specifically, the throat-slashing was a mixture of prosthetic wounds and CGI done in post-production.

** Spoilerish discussion of S03E09 "The Rains of Castamere" **

Special effects artist Sangeet Prabhaker was responsible for sculpting the neck wounds we are (probably) discussing. After the airing of episode S03E09 "The Rains of Castamere", Prabhaker posted several BTS photos of his work. The photos included the neck prosthetics used on

actresses Michelle Fairley (Caitlyn Stark) and Kelly Long (Frey's wife) in the Red Wedding scene.

After they were filmed with and without the prosthetics in place, CGI was used to perform the actual "slashing", transitioning between the before and after shots. Most of the blood in those scenes was CGI as well, although the blood stains on clothing was actual stage blood.

Here are a couple of related links if you'd like to learn more:

And also a video discussing how the scene was made:

  • Video discusses everything and shows nothing, behind the scenes. – Mazura Aug 4 '15 at 3:04

You may want to check out following links:


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    Might want to spoiler tag that video. Ewwwww. – Omegacron Aug 3 '15 at 16:31
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    @Omegacron :-) Still "slit throat" is perhaps a hint in itself that the clip won't be nice... – Baard Kopperud Aug 3 '15 at 21:04
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    Um yeah take this preview off please. Gees. – Lightness Races in Orbit Aug 3 '15 at 21:18
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    This is what I came to see. – Mazura Aug 4 '15 at 3:03
  • Guy was dead anyway, since it appears most of his blood is clotted as it comes out of his throat. – Oldcat Mar 8 '16 at 0:22

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