I finally got to see Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. With the amount of television and films I have viewed recently, I am surprised I was able to find time to fit this documentary into my overly stretched schedule. Did you know how much work goes into making an episode of Game of Thrones? Fantasy drama is every bit as complex as period drama. It’s breathtaking.
“There is nothing more powerful in the world than a good story,” Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) said in the series finale.
Fortune favours the bold. The person responsible for bringing this behind the scenes documentary to our television screens was British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay. For the best part of a year, Finlay worked on the set of the HBO series chronicling the creation of the show’s finale season.
Televised in these United States on 26 May 2019, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is an in-depth behind the scenes look at Game of Thrones final season. Even though the eighth season consists of six episodes, each episode was like creating a mini feature film. The intensity of the work that goes into making an episode believable is extraordinary. The time it takes to get each detail is an investment in perfection.
Delving deeply into every aspect of what makes a Game of Thrones episode works, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch paints a vividly personal portrait of what life was like for the cast and crew.
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Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is reminiscent of behind the scenes documentaries which were filmed for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you have any experience attending a table reading, you’ll know the one featured in the documentary is quintessential of a large robust cast. These reads are necessary for the cast to fully immerse itself in the material.
The logistics behind a single episode of the series is a mammoth task. While the planning takes significant time, one must remember Game of Thrones is still a television series. Getting episodes completed on time is anything but easy. Costumes, props and makeup must be perfect for each instalment of the series. Even though there was apparently a Starbucks coffee cup that was accidentally left in a scene, reported on by several websites, anything that is not characteristic of the show should be removed from camera view before filming begins. Who knew the placement of fake snow could be so critical?
The eight season’s third episode, for example, has very little dialogue. The Long Night, directed by Miguel Sapochnik, primarily revolves around battle scenes. The battle in this third episode is of the same scale as the Battle of Helm’s Deep seen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is so much more than a behind the scenes documentary. The production, right up to the moment everyone says goodbye to the series, covers in detail every aspect of the final season. The end is such a bittersweet moment. It is the way life unfolds. All good things must end.