Just watching the physically demanding stunts on Black Sails is enough to take your breath away. Last year, Black Sails was nominated for Emmys — main title design, Bear McCreary’s main theme, sound editing and supporting special/VFX — and took home trophies for the last two. This year, Starz is also championing the pirate drama’s stunts. If the sword swinging, body slamming, and gun slinging doesn’t seem like enough of a challenge, the team also had to keep their brawling style in sync with the 18th century.

“What makes Black Sails a challenge is that it’s a real world, we have to stick to real moves” says Grant Powell, fight choreographer, “We have to find new ways of making the fights look interesting, but more importantly make them realist.” Created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine, Black Sails is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island and follows the accounts of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew. The series was renewed for a third season back in October of last year ahead of its January 24 second season premiere.