We’re all mourning the end of Game of Thrones. Regardless of how you feel about this final season, the show has been a huge part of the pop cultural digest for the last decade. It’s a big part of so many of our lives, and saying goodbye will be as bittersweet as the plot likely will be. The hole it will leave not just in our Sunday schedules, but also in our water cooler conversations and our social media feeds, will be astronomical. We’re not entirely sure that we’re ready for it to be over.
As we approach the final ever episode of the final ever season of the Game of Thrones, fans are looking everywhere for clues to find out how it’s all going to end, and who’s going to end up on the Iron Throne.
As one of the most highly anticipated, action-packed and visually stunning programmes ever, it should come as no surprise that the team behind Game of Thrones have also produced a documentary about the making of the final season.
It has been, it’s fair to say, the most tense season ever. With battles that lasted longer than we’ve ever seen, more White Walkers you could shake a stick at, and enough dragon riding to give you some major chafing.
And as much as we love the series, the visual effects and the epic battle sequences, we want to peek behind the curtain and see how it’s all made too.
Luckily for us, director Jeanie Finlay is dropping a Game of Thrones: The Last Watch on May 26, which documents the making of the final season.
The trailer has already been released, and features some emotional, exhausted looking cast and crew members – and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it clue for the last episode.
Where to begin? Maybe with Kit Harington crying at the final table read? Don’t do that to us, Kit! Not so early in the trailer, when he haven’t even prepared ourselves yet. The Last Watch will surely have tons of heart-wrenching moments like that. From the looks of it, the doc will follow different groups as they prepare to say goodbye to the show. Undoubtedly, it changed the fabric of their lives, even more monumentally than it’s changed our own. From the costume designers to the writers to the extras—one of whom gets a spotlight moment in this footage—Game of Thrones was a massive undertaking for all involved. It’s so exciting to see the recognition of the hard work of people not typically afforded the spotlight.
Did you spot something in the trailer?
Among the hoards of extras, the fields of snow and the beautiful scenery that would eventually be scorched to ashes by dragon fire, we heard one of the directors shout: ‘That was Emilia’s last shot on Game of Thrones.’
Obviously, it’s an emotional time, and the trailer then cuts straight to someone drying their eyes. But we’ve no time for emotions right now, we need to find out who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne!
So what can we learn from Emilia’s last shot? Well, apart from the green screen, the crew members and boom operators standing around, it looks like Dany is walking off a snowy set, perhaps the side of a mountain in Winterfell? Or further north?
Does this mean her final scene is not in King’s Landing? There doesn’t seem to be any other actors around so we can assume she’s on her own. And there’s definitely no sign of her massive dragon, wonder where that guy is. It’s not like that thing is added in post-production is it…
Or perhaps Jon has taken back to Winterfell, they’ve made up and they’re going to live happily ever after. Emilia doesn’t look particularly bloody, like she’s walking away from a death scene… Or is that being optimistic?
The Last Watch, a two-hour documentary, premieres May 26 on HBO.