Game of Thrones’ sound designer on creating the ‘sensual’ relationship between Daenerys and her favorite dragon

Game of Thrones sound designer Paula Fairfield found herself explaining the basic function of her job at a Saturday morning Con of Thrones panel called “Bringing Westeros to Life.”

As part of Game of Thrones sound team — which includes the people responsible for music, dialogue, and sound effects like clanging swords and footsteps — she’s the one who does “the weird shit, all the fantastical stuff.” She invents the noises for dragons, direwolves, White Walkers, giants, and all the other strange Game of Thrones magic. Those noises come together to create languages that join the various other languages in the series.

Fairfield’s job is at its most challenging during the climactic sequences, like season 5’s battle at Hardhome, which pitted…

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