Game of Thrones: The Last Watch Documentary Focuses on Final Season

Yesterday we revisited the scene that put Game of Thrones on the map. Ned Stark (Sean Bean)’s death was the moment that HBO’s eventual globe-trotting, world-conquering series grabbed national attention. Here was a series that killed off its main character, and not even in the season one finale! Now after 8 glorious, gory seasons, Game of Thrones is coming to an end. Yet HBO has revealed that we’ll only need to wait a single week until we can revisit Westeros.

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is a two-hour documentary that focuses squarely on the show’s final season. HBO had acclaimed British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay embedded on the set the entire season. We’re hoping that Finley will give us a glimpse at the audacious filming of the battle between the living and the dead. We already know that it was the largest, longest, most taxing shoot in the show’s history. The Last Watch promises to take us behind-the-scenes, showing us what it was like to put together the final six episodes. We’re guessing the making of that battle is likely a key part of the doc.

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch will air on HBO on Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 9-11pm. That’s a week after the finale. Here’s the official synopsis:

GAME OF THRONES: THE LAST WATCH delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland…

Made with unprecedented access, GAME OF THRONES: THE LAST WATCH is 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.

Much more than a “making of” documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world?—and then have to say goodbye to it.

Featured image: Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke. photo: Helen Sloane/HBO


Bryan Abrams

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