HBO Are Releasing A 2-Hour Documentary About The Production Of Game Of Thrones' 8th Season
There's absolutely no doubt that the production of the final season of Game of Thrones was a cinematic so colossal that it's a spectacle truly worthy of the immense anticipation that's surrounding its pending release. If reports about the show, from the battle scene that took three months to film, to the fact that almost every episode is going to be just short of movie length, are to be believed, it's going to be about as grand as anything we've seen on the screen before, whether it be on TV or movies.
HBO chief Richard Pleper has said that the batch of monolithic episodes is nothing short of "a spectacle." He added, "The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had when watching them was, 'I'm watching a movie.'"
This fits into the general narrative surrounding the production of the final season, which the show's actors and staff have described as just about the most brutal experience they've ever undertaken. Kit Harrington, speaking to ourselves earlier this year, told us, “Everyone was broken at the end. I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so tiring.
"We were sleep deprived. It was like it was designed to make you think, Right, I’m sick of this. I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, ‘I’ve had enough now. I love this, it’s been the best thing in my life, I’ll miss it one day – but I’m done.’”
An Entertainment Weekly feature released shortly after gave us even further insight into the gruelling production process of one of the show's climactic battles, during which the cast and vast crowd of extras and production staff were forced to endure three months of filming in sub-zero conditions.
It is, then, a process that's almost as interesting as the contents of the series itself, and a week after the series' final episode premieres on May 19, HBO will be releasing a two-hour documentary detailing how the entire final season came together off camera.
The documentary will be directed by award-winning documentary maker Jeanie Finlay, who was given “unprecedented access” for the feature-length doc.
HBO describes it as “an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers.”